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    Derek G. Kamper, Ph.D. - Associate Professor

    Derek G. Kamper, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Office: Wishnick Hall, Room 221
    Wishnick Hall, Suite 314
    3255 S Dearborn St
    Chicago, IL 60616-3793

    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    345 East Superior Street
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Phone: 312.567.5099
    Fax: 312.567.5707
    Web: Hand Rehabilitation Laboratory


    • Sensorimotor control of the hand and its rehabilitation following neuromuscular injury, such as stroke


    • A.B., B.E., Electrical Engineering, Dartmouth College, 1989
    • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University, 1992
    • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University, 1997


    Current Projects

    • Multi-joint sensorimotor dysfunction of the stroke arm
    • Examination of finger motor control
    • Design and evaluation of a coordinated system for assisting reach-to-grasp movements following stroke
    • Rehabilitation of finger extension in chronic hemiplegia


    • Individual NRSA Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1998-2000
    • Institutional NRSA Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, Northwestern University, 1997-1998
    • Ohio State University Presidential Fellowship, 1996-1997
    • Ohio State University Alumni Fellowship, 1990-1991
    • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Member
    • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Dartmouth College, 1989



    Selected Publications

    Fischer HC, Stubblefield K, Kline TL, Luo X, Kenyon RV, Kamper DG. Virtual reality and mechatronics for hand rehabilitation following stroke: a pilot study. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 2007; 14: 1-12.

    Simone LK, Sundarrajan N, Luo X, Jia Y, Kamper DG. A low cost instrumented glove for extended monitoring and functional hand assessment. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 2007; 160: 335-348.

    Kline TL, Schmit, BD, Kamper DG. Exaggerated interlimb neural coupling following stroke. Brain 2007; 130:159-169.

    Kamper DG, Fischer HC, Cruz EG, Rymer WZ. Weakness is the primary contributor to finger impairment in chronic stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2006; 87: 1262-1269.

    Cruz EG, Kamper DG. Kinematics of point-to-point finger movements. Experimental Brain Research 2006; 174: 29-34.

    Kamper DG, Waldinger HC, Cruz EG. Impact of finger posture on mapping from muscle activation to joint torque. Clinical Biomechanics 2006; 21:361-369.

    Kamper DG, Yasukawa AM, Barrett KM, Gaebler-Spira DJ. Effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation treatment of cerebral palsy on potential impairment mechanisms: a pilot study. Pediatric Physical Therapy 2006; 18:31-38.

    Li S, Kamper DG,Rymer WZ. Effects of changing wrist positions on finger flexor hypertonia in stroke survivors. Muscle & Nerve 2006; 33: 183-190.

    Simone LK, Kamper DG. Design considerations for a wearable monitor to measure finger posture. Journal of Neuroengineering Rehabilitation 2005; 2: 5-14.

    Cruz EG, Waldinger HC, Kamper DG. Kinetic and kinematic workspaces of the index finger following stroke. Brain 2005; 128: 1112-1121.

    Li S, Stevens JA, Kamper DG, Rymer, WZ. The movement-specific effect of motor imagery on the premotor time. Motor Control 2005; 9:119-128.

    Li S, Kamper DG, Stevens JA, Rymer WZ. The effect of motor imagery on spinal segmental excitability. Journal of Neuroscience 2004; 24: 9674-9680.

    Kamper DG, Cruz EG, Siegel MP. Stereotypical fingertip trajectories during grasp. Journal of Neurophysiology 2003; 90: 3702-3710.

    ReinkensmeyerDJ, IobbiMG, KahnLE, KamperDG, TakahashiCD. Modeling reaching impairment after stroke using a population vector model of movement control that incorporates neural firing rate variability. Neural Computation 2003; 15: 2619-2642.

    Kamper DG, Harvey RL, Suresh S, Rymer WZ. Relative contributions of neural mechanisms versus muscle mechanics in promoting finger extension deficits following stroke. Muscle & Nerve 2003; 28: 309-318.

    Kamper DG, Hornby TG, Rymer WZ. Extrinsic flexor muscles generate concurrent flexion of all three finger joints.  Journal of Biomechanics 2002; 35:1581-1589.

    Reinkensmeyer DJ, McKenna-Cole AN, Kahn LE, Kamper DG. Directional control of reaching is preserved following mild/moderate stroke and stochastically constrained following severe stroke. Experimental Brain Research 2002; 143:525-530, 2002.

    Kamper DG, McKenna-Cole AN, Kahn LE, Reinkensmeyer DJ. Alterations in reaching after stroke and their relation to movement direction and impairment severity. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2002; 83:702-707.

    Kamper DG, Schmit BS, Rymer WZ. Effect of muscle biomechanics on the quantification of spasticity. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 2001; 29: 1122-1134.

    Kamper DG, Rymer WZ. Impairment of voluntary control of finger motion following stroke: role of inappropriate muscle coactivation. Muscle & Nerve 2001; 24: 673-681.

    Kamper DG, Rymer WZ. Quantitative features of the stretch response of extrinsic finger muscles in hemiparetic stroke. Muscle & Nerve 2000; 23: 954-961.

    Kamper DG, Rymer WZ. Effects of geometric joint constraints on the selection of final arm posture during reaching: a simulation study. Experimental Brain Research 1999; 126:134-138.

    Kamper D, Barin K, Parnianpour M, Hemami H, Weed HR. Simulation of the seated postural stability of healthy and spinal cord-injured subjects using optimal feedback control methods. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering 2000; 3: 79-93.

    Kamper DG, Adams TC, Reger SI, Parnianpour M, Barin K, Linden MA. A technique for quantifying the response of seated individuals to dynamic perturbations. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development 2000; 37: 81-88.

    Kamper DG, Adams TC, Reger SI, Parnianpour M, Barin K, Linden MA. A low-cost, portable system for the assessment of the postural response of wheelchair users to perturbations.  IEEE Transaction on Rehabilitation Engineering 1999; 7: 435-442.

    Kamper DG, Parnianpour M, Barin K, Adams TC, Linden MA, Hemami H. Postural stability of wheelchair users exposed to sustained, external perturbations. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development 1999, 36: 121-132.

    Kamper DG, Barin K, Parnianpour M, Reger SI, Weed HR. Preliminary investigation of the lateral postural stability of spinal cord-injured individuals subjected to dynamic perturbations.  Spinal Cord 1999; 37: 40-46.

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