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Welcome to my home page! I have a passion for science communication and sharing of knowledge.

Martial arts got me into science. As a teenager I started training in the early 1980s and was fascinated by the combination of power and precision in martial arts. I marveled at how complicated it must be for the body to do all the things I was able to do and my teachers were able to do better.

Shortly into my scientific career, my interest shifted to the neural control of movement and rehabilitation of walking after stroke and spinal cord injury. I marvel at the capacity for adaptive plasticity that the nervous system has after inury. This continues as my main research focus now.

Over the years I've continued studying and teaching the martial arts of karate and Okinawan weapons. In addition to hanging out with my daughters and supporting them in all their activities, I enjoy walking, fishing, and playing electric guitar.

My favourite authors are JRR Tolkien, Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Frank Herbert while my favourite poets are T.S. Eliot and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

I have very eclectic musical tastes and enjoy almost all music from Beethoven to Johnny Cash, to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. I have an aptitude for languages and can speak some French, Japanese, German, Italian, and Spanish. I enjoy watching pretty much every sport (except golf and cricket--sorry but it's true).