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Jennifer Semrau

Jennifer SemrauTell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

I’m originally from upstate NY and completed my PhD training in Saint Louis.  I moved to Calgary in January 2012 to work with Dr. Sean Dukelow.

What compelled you to pursue stroke research?

My background is in motor learning in neurologically intact humans. For my post-doc training, I was interested in how neurological disorders, like stroke, disrupt day-to-day sensory and motor skills.  By better understanding the nature of these deficits after stroke it is likely that we can improve recovery and quality of life after stroke.

What is the focus of your research?

I study the use of robotics for assessment and treatment of motor and sensory deficits after stroke.

How do you and others benefit from being part of the CPSR National Trainee Association?

I think the trainees benefit greatly from having access to such a diverse national network of peers within the NTA.  One of the highlights for me has been attending a SPiN workshop. It was great to experience some of the cutting-edge stroke research that trainees are involved with.

What other interests do you have?

In my free time, I enjoy playing and listening to live music and traveling.  Last year I visited the Oregon coast and Hawaii. This year I’m hoping to make it to Cape Cod and the Smoky Mountains.