Lab Team

Taryn Klarner

TarynTaryn joined the Rehab Neuro Lab in January 2011 as a PhD student under the supervision of Drs. Paul Zehr and Sandra Hundza. Prior to starting her PhD, Taryn completed her BSc in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph, Ontario and her MSc at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

It was her involvement in competitive figure skating that first sparked her interest in how the body moves and its ability to rehabilitate. Understanding the neural control mechanisms behind human movement serves as the foundation of her research aims.

During her PhD, Taryn is interested in expanding on the concepts that sensory systems within the body are capable of undergoing plastic changes. These changes could be important in aiding with movement and could be exploited to help those who have experienced neurological trauma. It is her long term goal to understand the basic mechanisms behind the control of human movement and use this as a basis for developing rehabilitative interventions.

Publications and Abstracts

Klarner, Taryn; Chan, Henry; Wakeling, James; Lam, Tania (Feb, 2010) The influence of stride       frequency and body weight support on muscle coordination during weight assisted treadmill locomotion. Journal of Gait and Posture, 31(3):360-365

Klarner, Taryn; Nakajima, Tsuyoshi; Mezzarane, Rinaldo; Hundza, Sandra; Barss, Trevor; Zehr, Paul (2011) Interlimb interactions during rhythmic movement: facilitation of presynaptic modulation of forearm H-reflexes during rhythmic leg cycling. International Society for Neuroscience Conference, Washington D.C., USA.

Klarner, Taryn; Lam, Tania (2011) Proprioceptive feedback modulates the response to Lokomat-applied force. International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries Annual General Meeting

Klarner, Taryn

(Oct, 2009). Does proprioceptive feedback alter the response to Lokomat induced force? International Society for Neuroscience Conference, Chicago USA. Vol C:p 641

Klarner, Taryn (June, 2009). The influence of stride frequency and body weight support on muscle coordination during weight assisted treadmill locomotion, International Society of Posture and Gait Research 19th International Conference, Bologna Italy.

Klarner, Taryn (January, 2009). The influence of stride frequency and body weight support on muscle coordination during weight assisted treadmill locomotion, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries 2nd Annual Student Conference, Vancouver Canada.

Research in Progress

Klarner, Taryn; Zehr, Paul (2011) Adjunct locomotor training to improve walking ability after stroke

Barss, Trevor; Nakajima, Tsuyoshi; Klarner, Taryn; Sandra; Zehr, Paul (2011) Convergent effects of reflex response following simultaneous stimulation of different nerves innervating hand and foot during arm and leg cycling

Klarner, Taryn; Lam, Tania; Jean Sebastian Blouin; Mark Carpenter (2010) Influences of knee joint kinematics on adaptations during resisted walking

Juren, Monica; Domingo, Antoinette; Klarner, Taryn; Lam, Tania (2010) The effects of velocity-dependent resistance applied at the hip and knee on plantar flexor muscle activity

Academic Presentations

Read, Michael and Klarner, Taryn (January, 2010). Calling in the Southpaw: Left-handedness and group diversity. Presented at Western Academy of Management 2010, Kona Hawaii USA.

Klarner, Taryn (Sept, 2009). Does proprioceptive feedback alter the response to Lokomat induced force? Presented at International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries Student Research Day, Vancouver Canada.

Klarner, Taryn (January, 2009). The influence of stride frequency and body weight support on muscle coordination during weight assisted treadmill locomotion, Presented at International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries Annual Meeting and Disabilities Health Research Network 2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference, Vancouver Canada.

Teaching Experience

2011               Teaching Assistant – Motor Control

2009               Guest Lecturer Exercise Physiology

2009               Teaching Assistant – Exercise Physiology.

2008               Teaching Assistant – Introduction to Biomechanics.

Graduate Student Teaching Award in Human Kinetics was received for the instruction of Introduction to Biomechanics.

2008               Completed the Instructional Skills Workshop conducted by the center for Teaching and Academic Growth (TAG).

2004               Halton School Board Summer School Instructor for remedial math