David Vaillancourt, PhD

VaillancourtDepartment of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
Department of Neurology
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Dr. Vaillancourt:
E-mail: vcourt@ufl.edu
Mailing: P.O. Box 118205-8205
Phone: 352-294-1770

Ph.D., Motor Control/Gerontology, The Pennsylvania State University, 1999-2001
M.S., Motor Control, The Pennsylvania State University, 1997-1999
B.S., Kinesiology/Mathematics, Texas A&M University, 1995-1997

Research Focus and Aims

My research focuses on the neural basis of motor control and motor disorders in humans. My specific research aims are to determine:

  •   Rehabilitative, surgical, and pharmacological interventions for neurological disorders
  •   Longitudinal changes in brain structure and function in PD
  •   Functional and structural brain deficits in movement disorders
  •   Neural mechanisms for how visual input affects motor performance
  •   Neural basis for how the human brain regulates parameters of grip force.

This research combines quantitative time series analysis techniques with systems level data collection methods including behavioral measures of force control, eye movements,
electromyography (EMG), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI), and high-density electroencephalography (EEG).

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