William Zev Rymer, PhD

William Zev Rymer, PhD


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Dr. Zev W. Rymer received the MBBS medical degree from Melbourne University in 1962, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Prince Henry’s Hospital/Monash University in Melbourne in 1967. He then undertook predoctoral training for his PhD in Neuroscience at Monash University, completing training in 1971. He was awarded a Fogarty Fellowship at NINDS/NIH from 1971-1974, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University from 1974-1976, respectively. He currently serves as the director of the Singe Motor Unit Laboratory at the AbilityLab (RIC), Chicago.

In the four decades Dr. Rymer’s lab has been in the fore front of research and clinical work surrounding motor disorders in patients with stroke and spinal cord injury. In brief, these studies include analyses of changes in control signals arising from damaged brain areas using electrophysiological and imaging methods, recordings of altered motor unit discharge patterns to explore origins of muscular weakness and spasticity, and mechanical measurements of altered forces and torque patterns generated by muscles in the impaired limbs.

Research Interests
  • Pathophysiogy of motor-associated injuries: stroke, spinal cord injury and spinal circuits, neural signal processing

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