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Name: Matt J.N. Brown

Title: Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and Health Sciences (KHS)

Office Location: Solano Hall (SLN) 3012

Email: matt.brown@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916.278.5617

Mailing Address: 6000 J Street Sacramento, California, USA 95819-6073

Office Hours: M, W and Th 9-10 am

Biography

Matt Brown, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences (KHS) at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Dr. Brown obtained his BSc (Hons.) in 2008 and MSc in 2010 in Kinesiology and Physical Education from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His BSc and MSc research was focused on the effects of dopamine medication treatments on upper limb movement and motor symptoms in individual's with Parkinson's disease (PD). Dr. Brown received his PhD in Kinesiology specializing in Neuroscience in 2015 from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His PhD thesis was focused on using electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to investigate how somatosensory information is used in the control for upper limb movements. Dr. Brown completed his training as a post-doc in 2017 at the Krembil Research Institute at Toronto Western Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He continued his research to investigate how different areas of the brain interact for the control of upper limb movement using a variety of techniques including EEG, TMS, magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in both healthy and clinical populations.

Courses that I teach

KINS 158: Motor Learning

Research Interests:

  • Using non-invasive brain recording (i.e. EEG) and brain stimulation (i.e. TMS) techniques to invstigate different brain areas and mechanisms that contribute to using sensory information (i.e. somatosensory) for motor control (i.e. upper limb movement);
  • Investigating changes in sensorimotor control in clinical (i.e. Parkinson's disease) and athletic populations;
  • Developing novel techniques (i.e. brain stimulations, exercise) to induce plasticity changes in the nervous system for sensorimotor control; 
  • Determining the effectiveness of potential rehabilitation or treatment strategies (i.e. brain stimulation) for clinical populations with sensorimotor deficits. 

 

Professional Websites

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Matt_Brown10

https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-brown-4637b956

Publications

Macerollo, A., and Brown, M.J.N. (2017). EEG oscillations: how are they modulated during different phases of repetitive movements? Journal of Neurophysiology, 118(1), 4-6.

 Brown, M.J.N., Macerollo, A., Kilner, J.M., and Chen, R. (2016). Is closed-loop, time-locked primary motor cortex stimulation an ideal target for improving movements in neurological disorders? Movement Disorders, 31(9), 1341.

Brown, M.J.N., and Staines, W.R.  (2016). Differential effects of continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) over the left premotor (PMC) and right prefrontal cortex (PFC) on modulating upper limb somatosensory input. NeuroImage, 127, 97-109.

Lefaivre, S.C., Brown, M.J.N., and Almeida, Q.J. (2016). Cerebellar involvement in Parkinson’s disease resting tremor. Cerebellum & Ataxias, 3(13), 1-7.

Brown, M.J.N., and Staines, W.R. (2015). Somatosensory input to non-primary motor areas is enhanced during preparation of cued contralateral finger sequence movements. Behavioural Brain Research, 286, 166-74.

Brown, M.J.N., and Staines, W.R. (2015). Modulatory effects of movement sequence preparation and covert spatial attention on early somatosensory input in non-primary motor areas. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 503-517.

Brown, M.J.N., Almeida, Q.J, and Rahimi, F. (2015). The dopaminergic system in upper limb motor blocks (ULMB) investigated during bimanual coordination in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Journal of Neurology, 262, 41-53.

Almeida, Q.J., and Brown, M.J.N. (2013). Is dopa-responsive hypokinesia responsible for coordination deficits in Parkinson’s disease? Frontiers in Neurology, 4(89), 1-17.

Brown, M.J.N., and Almeida, Q.J. (2011). Evaluating dopaminergic system contributions to cued pattern switching during bimanual coordination. European Journal of Neuroscience, 34(4), 632-640

Abstracts/Conference Presentations:

Brown, M.J.N., Weissbach, A., Vesia, M., Gunraj, C., Baarbé, J., Münchau, A., Bäumer, T., and Chen, R. Primary somatosensory-motor cortex interactions measured using dual-site transcranial magnetic stimulation. In SFN abstract, November 2017, Washington, DC, United Stated (Verbal Presentation in Nanosymposium/Abstract)

 Brown, M.J.N., Vesia, M., Gunraj, C., and Chen, R. Examining the influence of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex activity on ipsilateral primary motor cortex excitability with dual-sit TMS. In SFN abstracts, November 2016, San Diego, California, United States. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

 Brown, M.J.N., Vesia, M., Gunraj, C., and Chen, R. Using transcranial magnetic stimulation to probe connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and primary motor cortex. In FENS Forum abstracts, July 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

 Brown, M.J.N., and Staines, W.R. Differential effects of continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) over left premotor cortex (PMC) and right prefrontal cortex (PFC) on modulating upper limb somatosensory input. In SFN abstracts, November 2015, Chicago, Illinois, United States. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

 Brown, M.J.N., Neva, J.L., Singh, A.M., and Staines, W.R. Evaluating the role of the premotor cortex in early somatosensory processing using somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) and continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS). Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Annual Conference. In SFN abstracts, November 2014. Washington, DC, United States. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

 Brown, M.J.N., and Staines, W.R. The effects of movement preparation, movement execution and attention on early somatosensory processing in frontal motor areas. Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Annual Conference. In SFN abstracts, November 2013. San Diego, California, United States. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

Brown, M.J.N., and Staines, W.R. The role of attention on early somatosensory processing in frontal areas involved in movement planning and preparation. Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Annual Conference. In SFN abstracts, October 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

Brown, M.J.N., and Almeida, Q.J. The relationship between motor severity and coordination in a novel upper limb coordination task in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), Annual Conference. In Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. June 2012. Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

Brown, M.J.N., Almeida, Q.J., and Rahimi, F. Objectively identifying upper limb freezing (ULF) in individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) during bimanual coordination. The Movement Disorders Society, 15th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Annual Conference. In Movement Disorders, June 2011. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

Brown, M.J.N., Almeida, Q.J., and Rahimi, F. Evaluating the effects of dopaminergic treatment on upper limb freezing (ULF) in individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Movement Disorders Society, 15th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Annual Conference. In Movement Disorders, June 2011. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

Brown, M.J.N., Almeida, Q.J., and Rahimi, F. Sensory and dopaminergic contributions to upper limb freezing during bimanual coordination in Parkinson's disease. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), Annual Conference. In Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. June 2010. Tucson, Arizona, United States. (Verbal Presentation/Abstract)

Brown, M.J.N., Almeida, Q.J., Buckolz, E., and Fitzgeorge, L.A. (2009). Is the basal ganglia responsible for a lack of unconscious processing? A direct comparison of conscious and unconscious processing in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. XVIII World Federation of Neurology (WFN) World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders. December 2009. Miami Beach, Florida, United States. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

Brown, M.J.N., and Almeida, Q.J. (2009). Hypometric deficits in the non-affected limb during continuous bimanual coordination in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology, Annual Conference. In Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), 41st Annual Conference. November 2009. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Verbal Presentation/ Abstract)

Brown, M.J.N., Almeida, Q.J., Buckolz, E., and Fitzgeorge, L.A. (2009). Dopaminergic contributions to spatial negative priming: Do persons with Parkinson’s demonstrate typical inhibitory processing during movement? North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), Annual Conference. In Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. June 2009. Austin, Texas, United States. (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

Brown, M.J.N., Almeida, Q.J., Buckolz, E., and Fitzgeorge, L.A. (2009). Spatial negative priming in Parkinson’s disease under dopaminergic manipulation: comparing masking and non-masking. Southern Ontario Motor Behaviour Symposium (SOMBS).  May 2009. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. (Verbal Presentation)

Brown, M.J.N., Almeida, Q.J., and Lee, T.D. Processing limitations during inter-limb coordination in Parkinson’s disease. In Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), 40th Annual Conference. October 2008. Canmore, Alberta, Canada (Poster Presentation/Abstract)

Brown, M.J.N, and Almeida, Q.J. (2008). Upper limb coordination in Parkinson’s disease. Southern Ontario Neuropsychology Group (SONG), Annual Symposium. June 2008. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. (Verbal Presentation)

Brown, M.J.N., and Almeida, Q.J. (2008). Breaking down hypokinesia during inter-limb coordination in Parkinson’s disease: the influence of dopaminergic medication on the integration of sensory feedback. Southern Ontario Motor Behaviour Symposium (SOMBS), Annual Symposium. May 2008. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Verbal Presentation)

Professional Associations

Member, Society for Neuroscience (SFN), 2012-Present

Member, Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), 2008-2010, 2016

Member, Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN), 2016

Member, North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), 2008-2012

Member, Movement Disorders Society (MDS), 2011

Member, World Federation of Neurology (WFN), 2009-2010