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Hand-eye co-ordination is one of the most basic functions we rely on to complete daily tasks. Our ability to perform various tasks with this can be altered by sensory input. Sensorimotor integration (SMI) is the brain’s ability to use sensory information from the body to formulate appropriate outputs to muscles, and plasticity is the brain’s ability to change in response to training. Dr. Paul Yielder’s latest research focuses on the use of eye tracking and electroencephalography (EEG) systems and advanced medical imaging methods to study how SMI and brain plasticity are impacted by altered sensory input. His collaborative work examines neck pain and fatigue, as well as experimentally induced pain, and the use of preferred and non-preferred limbs when learning to perform new movements. This will lead to enhancements in workplace and technology design, reduce injury risk and strengthen workplace performance. An Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Yielder’s complex research agenda explores anatomy, neuroscience and neuropsychiatry within the framework of advanced clinical imaging techniques, specifically in the area of structural and functional MRI. One of the world’s authorities on functional neuroimaging, he has been studying the brain’s response to cognitive and sensory input in a clinical and academic setting originating in New Zealand for more than 30 years. Here, he served as an accredited examiner for the College of Radiographers while he was a senior lecturer in Medical Imaging programs at Unitec Auckland. He was co-responsible for the development of the Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Imaging) and Master of Health Science (Medical Imaging) degrees. A firm believer in reinventing himself, Dr. Yielder joined UOIT in 2007 and has served as Assistant Professor, Director of Health Science Programs and Associate Dean. He completed his Doctorate in Neuromechanics, Movement Science and Bio Signalling, and Imaging Technology in 2009 at the International Doctoral School, University of Aalborg in Denmark, with prior attachment to the State Classical Academy in Moscow, Russia. A Graduate Certificate in Theoretical and Practical Education in Earth and Biological Sciences from the Durham University School of Education in England initiated his early career in teaching. When his interest shifted to health care, he earned his Graduate Diploma in Radio Diagnostic Imaging from the Society and College of Radiographers in London, England.

Expertise


Professor, Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia

December 31, 1969

Dr. Yielder holds an adjunct role which includes New Zealand.

Accredited Academic and Clinical Professor, Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency

December 31, 1969

Dr. Yielder holds advanced PhD designations in teaching, research and supervision. He is responsible for the development and quality assurance of clinical capability frameworks.

International Doctoral School, University of Aalborg, Denmark

2009
PhD - Neuromechanics, Movement Science, Imaging Technology

University of Auckland, New Zealand

1991
Ad Eundum Statum BEd Honours - Education

Society and College of Radiographers, London, UK

1976
Graduate Diploma - Radio Diagnostics

Durham University School of Education

1974
Graduate Certificate - Theoretical and Practical Education - Earth and Biological Sciences
  • Eye-Link II Tracking and Ego My Lab Systems to Study Multi-Sensory Integration

    $64676  | March 28, 2017

    Awarded by: Canada Foundation for Innovation, John Evans Leader’s Fund Amount
    Dr. Yielder is co-investigator of this research project which uses eye tracking and electroencephalography (EEG) systems to study how Sensorimotor integration (SMI) and brain plasticity are impacted by altered sensory input. He is exploring neck pain and fatigue, experimentally induced pain, and the use of preferred and non-preferred limbs when learning to perform new movements. His critical research will help improve workplace and technology design to reduce injury risk and enhance work performance.

  • Influence of Altered Sensory Input and Cortical Asymmetry on Movement Induced Plasticity

    $125000  | April 1, 2017

    Awarded by: NSERC Discovery Grant
    This six-year Discovery Grant addresses how extraneous sensory stimuli influence whether movement induced plasticity is adaptive or maladaptive. Hand dominance or laterality is a model of lifelong use-dependent plasticity and this grant also seeks to understand how motor control differences between the Dominant (Dom) and non-dominant (Non Dom) limbs influences the potential for adaptive or maladaptive plasticity in response to motor training

  • Influence of Altered Sensory Input and Cortical Asymmetry on Movement Induced Plasticity

    $40000  | May 1, 2015

    Awarded by: NSERC Discovery Grant
    This initial Discovery Grant established a sequence of studies to support the broader and longer-term scientific program currently funded by NSERC that furthers our understanding of the relationship between altered sensory input, cortical asymmetry and movement induced neural plasticity.

  • The Effects of a Single Session of Chiropractic Care on Brain Source Connectivity

    $106000  | September 1, 2014

    Awarded by: Australian Spinal Research Foundation and Hamblin Trust
    As a co-investigator of this two-year research project, Dr. Yielder aims to uncover the mechanisms and levels of required mechanism to evidence the effects of a single session of chiropractic care on brain source connectivity.

  • College of Radiographers (London, UK)

  • Australasian Society of Human Biology

  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

  • International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology

  • Alumni Association, University of Durham, North East England

  • State Classical Academy Moscow Russia

  • Australian Institute of Radiography

Involvement


  • Media appearances

    Three university professors awarded new funding for cutting-edge research
    UOIT News online

    August 15, 2017

    Innovative research at University of Ontario Institute of Technology will get a major boost thanks to a new investment by the Government of Canada. The research focuses on diverse areas of study, including energy grid security, workplace safety and the health risks of prolonged sitting.

  • Past speaking engagements
    • Neuromechanics and Human Tissue Modelling using Advanced Medical Imaging Modalities

      Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
      December 1, 2016

      Imaging Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Intelligent Systems Man and Cybernetics Society

    • Lymph Node Imaging Using Integrated Magnetic Resonance, Positron Emission Tomography and Fluorescence Techniques in Translation from Animal Studies to Human Participant Clinical Trials

      Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
      April 1, 2016

      Centre for Molecular and Medical Research Centre

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