Derek Kamper, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Derek Kamper

Derek Kamper, PhD

  • Associate Director, Research, SMPP, RIC
  • Adjunct Professor, PM&R, NU

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Gender:
Male

Education, Residency and Internship

Education

1989
Dartmouth College, AB, BE, Electrical Engineering
1992
Ohio State University, MS, Biomedical Engineering
1997
Ohio State University, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Additional Information

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Honors & Awards

  • 1998-2000 - Individual NRSA Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
  • 1997-1998 - Institutional NRSA Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, Northwestern University.
  • 1996-1997 - Ohio State University Presidential Fellowship.
  • 1990-1991 - Ohio State University Alumni Fellowship.

Publications

2013

Ochoa JM, Listenberger M, Kamper DG, Lee SW.  Use of an electromyographically driven hand orthosis for training after stroke.  IEEE Int Conf Rehabil Robot. 2011;2011:5975382. doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2011.5975382.  PDF

Jones CL, Wang F, Morrison R, Sarkar N, Kamper DG. 2012. Design and Development of a Cable Actuated Finger Exoskeleton for Hand Rehabilitation Following Stroke , IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, Accepted for Publication, Oct 9.

2012

Conrad MO, Kamper DG. 2012. Isokinetic strength and power deficits in the hand following stroke, Clin Neurophysiol, Jun;123(6):1200-6. Epub 2011 Nov 3. PDF

Triandafilou KM, Kamper DG. 2012. Investigation of hand muscle atrophy in stroke survivors , Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon)., Mar;27(3):268-72. Epub 2011 Oct 26. PDF

2011

Hoffmann G, Schmit BD, Kahn JH, Kamper DG. 2011. Effect of sensory feedback from the proximal upper limb on voluntary isometric finger flexion and extension in hemiparetic stroke subjects , J Neurophysiol, Nov;106(5):2546-56. Epub 2011 Aug 10. PDF

Lee SW, Wilson KM, Lock BA, Kamper DG. 2011. Subject-specific myoelectric pattern classification of functional hand movements for stroke survivors, IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng., Oct;19(5):558-66. Epub 2010 Sep 27. PDF

Triandafilou KM, Fischer HC, Towles JD, Kamper DG, Rymer WZ. 2011. Diminished capacity to modulate motor activation patterns according to task contributes to thumb deficits following stroke, J Neurophysiol, Oct;106(4):1644-51. Epub 2011 Jul 13. PDF

Iwamuro BT, Fischer HC, Kamper DG. 2011. A pilot study to assess use of passive extension bias to facilitate finger movement for repetitive task practice after stroke, Top Stroke Rehabil, Jul-Aug;18(4):308-15. PDF

Triandafilou KM, Ochoa J, Kang X, Fischer HC, Stoykov ME, Kamper DG. 2011. Transient impact of prolonged versus repetitive stretch on hand motor control in chronic stroke, Top Stroke Rehabil, Jul-Aug;18(4):316-24. PDF

Seo NJ, Fischer HW, Bogey RA, Rymer WZ, Kamper DG. 2011. Effect of a serotonin antagonist on delay in grip muscle relaxation for persons with chronic hemiparetic stroke, Clin Neurophysiol., Apr;122(4):796-802. Epub 2010 Nov 13. PDF

Seo NJ, Fischer HW, Bogey RA, Rymer WZ, Kamper DG. 2011. Use of visual force feedback to improve digit force direction during pinch grip in persons with stroke: a pilot study, Arch Phys Med Rehabil, Jan;92(1):24-30. Epub 2010 Nov 18. PDF

Ochoa JM, Listenberger M, Kamper DG, Lee SW. 2011. Use of an electromyographically driven hand orthosis for training after stroke, IEEE Int Conf Rehabil Robot., 2011:5975382. PDF

2010

Connelly L, Jia Y, Toro ML, Stoykov ME, Kenyon RV, Kamper DG. 2010. A pneumatic glove and immersive virtual reality environment for hand rehabilitative training after stroke , IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng., Oct;18(5):551-9. Epub 2010 Apr 8. PDF

Towles JD, Kamper DG, Rymer WZ. 2010. Lack of hypertonia in thumb muscles after stroke , J Neurophysiol., Oct;104(4):2139-46. Epub 2010 Jul 28. PDF

Seo NJ, Rymer WZ, Kamper DG. 2010. Altered digit force direction during pinch grip following stroke , Exp Brain Res. 2010 May;202(4):891-901. Epub 2010 Feb 26. PDF


2009

Hoffmann G, Kamper DG, Kahn JH, Rymer WZ, and Schmit BD. 2009. Modulation of stretch reflexes of the finger flexors by sensory feedback from the proximal upper limb poststroke , J of Neurophysiol, 102, 1420-1429.

Lee SW and Kamper DG. 2009. Modeling of multiarticular muscles: importance of inclusion of tendon-pulley interactions in the finger, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 56, 2253-2262.

Seo NJ, Rymer WZ,and Kamper DG. 2009. Delays in grip initiation and termination in persons with stroke: effects of arm support and muscle stretch exercise, J of Neurophysiol, 101, 3108-3115.

Seo NJ, Rymer WZ, Kamper DG.Altered digit force direction during pinch grip following stroke. Exp Brain Res. 2010 May;202(4):891-901.

Connelly L, Stoykov ME, Jia Y, Toro ML, Kenyon RV, Kamper DG. Use of a pneumatic glove for hand rehabilitation following stroke. Conf Proc IEEE EMBS 2009.

2008

Iwamuro BT, Cruz EG, Connelly LL, Fischer HC, and Kamper DG. 2009. Effect of a gravity-compensating orthosis on reaching after stroke: evaluation of the therapy assistant WREX, Arch of Phy Med and Rehab, 89, 2121-2128.

Lee SW, Chen H, Towles JD, and Kamper DG. 2008a. Estimation of the effective static moment arms of the tendons in the index finger extensor mechanism, J of Biomech. 41(7):1567-73.

Lee SW, Chen H, Towles JD, and Kamper DG. 2008b. Effect of finger posture on the tendon force distribution within the finger extensor mechanism, J of Biomech Eng, 130, 051014.

Towles JD, Hentz VR, and Murray WM. 2008. Use of intrinsic thumb muscles may help to improve lateral pinch function restored by tendon transfer. Clin Biomech. 23(4):387-94.

Fischer HC, Stubblefield K, Kline T, Luo X, Kenyon RV, and Kamper DG. 2007. Hand rehabilitation following stroke: a pilot study of assisted finger extension training in a virtual environment. Topics in Stroke Rehab.14(1):1-12.

Ochoa J, Dev Narasimhan YJ, Kamper DG.Development of a portable actuated orthotic glove to facilitate gross extension of the digits for therapeutic training after stroke. Conf Proc IEEE EMBS 2009.

Qiu D, Fischer HC, Kamper DG. Muscle activation patterns during force generation of the index finger. Conf Proc IEEE EMBS 2009.

Cruz EG, Kamper DG. Use of a novel robotic interface to study finger motor control. Ann Biomed Eng. 2010 Feb;38(2):259-68.

Hoffmann G, Kamper DG, Kahn JH, Rymer WZ, Schmit BD. Modulation of stretch reflexes of the finger flexors by sensory feedback from the proximal upper limb poststroke. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Sep;102(3):1420-9.

Lee SW, Kamper DG.  Modeling of multiarticular muscles: importance of inclusion of tendon-pulley interactions in the finger. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2009 Sep;56(9):2253-62.

Seo NJ, Rymer WZ, Kamper DG.Delays in grip initiation and termination in persons with stroke: effects of arm support and active muscle stretch exercise. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Jun;101(6):3108-15.

Hoffmann G, Kamper DG, Kahn JH, Schmit BD. Modulation of stretch reflexes of the finger flexors by sensory feedback from the proximal upper limb post-stroke. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Sep;102(3):1420-9. doi: 10.1152/jn.90950.2008. Epub 2009 Jul 1.

Lee, SW, Chen H, Towles JD, Kamper DG. Effect of finger posture on the tendon force distribution within the finger extensor mechanism. J Biomech Eng 2008; 30:051014.

Iwamuro BT, Cruz EG, Connelly LL, Fischer HC, Kamper DG. Effect of a gravity compensating orthosis on reaching after stroke: evaluation of the TA-WREX. Arch of Phy Med and Rehab 2008; 89: 2121-8.

Lee, SW, Chen H, Towles JD, Kamper DG. Estimation of the effective static moment arms of the tendons in the index finger extensor mechanism.
J Biomech 2008; 41: 1567-73.

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 Rehab 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. J 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. Arch of Phy Med Rehab 2006; 87: 1262-1269.


Conference Papers

Seo NJ, Kamper DG. Effect of grip location, arm support, and muscle stretch on sustained finger flexor activity following stroke In: Proceedings of the 30th Intl Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Vancouver, Canada, 2008.

Research Interests

Motor control and rehabilitation of the hand; neuromechanics; modeling of biological systems; robotics

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