1982 – 1986 Brown University, Providence, RI , Sc.B. (1986) Major: Biology
1987 – 1990 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, MS (1992) Neurobiology and Behavior
1991 – 1996 University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA, PhD (1996) Neuroscience
1996-1997 University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA., Post-doctoral Fellow, Neuroscience
1997-1999 University of Washington, Seattle, WA., Post-doctoral Fellow, Neuroscience
POSITIONS AND HONORS:
1986 - 1987 Research Technician, Level 1 - Dept. of Psychology, Brown Univ.
1987 - 1989 Graduate student, Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell Univ.
1989 - 1990 High School Biology Teacher, The Wheeler School, Providence RI
1990 - 1991 Research Technician, Level 3 - Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Pennsylvania
1991 - 1996 Graduate student, Mahoney Institute for Neurological Science, Univ. of Pa.
1996 - 1997 Post-doctoral Fellow - Univ. of Pennsylvania
1997 - 1999 Post-doctoral Fellow - Univ. of Washington
1999 - 2004 Assistant Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Rochester
2004 - Present Associate Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Biomedical Engineering and Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester
AWARDS AND HONORS:
NSF CAREER Award – 2002
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow - 2001
Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience, 1997
Louis B. Flexner Award for outstanding dissertation research - Institute of Neurological Sci., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1996
Saul Winegrad, M.D. Award for outstanding dissertation (Neuroscience) - Biomedical Graduate Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1997.
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Neural Control of Coordinated Movements.
Maintaining our sense of the world around us and being able to interact with our environment depends in large part on the nervous system's ability to perform a few basic functions. We must be able to gather accurate sensory information about our surroundings, distinguish our movements from the movements of objects in the world, and coordinate our own movements in order to orient, and navigate smoothly through a complex setting. Vision, audition and somatosensation provide information about objects in the world, information about self movement is provided through the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. This wealth of sensory information must be integrated into a unified representation of objects including our own bodies. This neural representation of the environment can then be used to plan and implement behaviors which allow us to manipulate and interact with objects of interest. For example, we might hear or see an object in the periphery, and in order to visually localize and identify the object we need to plan and execute a movement which will re-direct our line of sight. To accomplish this task (which we do more than 125,000 times a day) we need to assess the object's location based on either the visual or auditory inputs. Then we must compute the difference between our current line of sight and the position of the target, incorporate information about the capabilities of the body segments which will contribute to moving the line of sight (e.g. the mobility of the eyes and head given their current positions), and coordinate more than 40 muscles and muscle groups to smoothly look at the target. Although we generally take this type of computationally intensive behavior for granted, even minor failures can cause a drastic reduction in our ability to function adequately in the world.
My approach to understanding these critical brain functions focuses on issues of sensori-motor integration and the neural computations necessary to plan and execute coordinated movements. In particular, using psychophysical and neurophysiological techniques, research in my lab addresses the neural mechanisms which result in the control and coordination of visual orienting behaviors.
For more information visit the Lab Website: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/smd/nanat/faculty-research/lab-pages/EdwardFreedman/index.cfm