Kimberly Lang

PhD Candidate

Neuroscience Graduate Program, Emory University

Office: Emory Rehabilitation Hospital R153

Email: klang@emory.edu

Education

  • BS, Neuroscience, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 2009
  • PhD, Neuroscience, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, in progress
  • MS, Clinical Research, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, in progress

Biography

I am a PhD candidate in Emory’s Neuroscience Graduate Program, and a student in the Masters of Clinical Research Program.  I joined the Neuromechanics Lab in 2013 and I am currently working on my dissertation.

Research

My current work seeks to characterize balance impairments in individuals with Parkinson’s disease and identify potential mechanisms that underlie improvements in balance following rehabilitation (i.e., an Adapted Tango intervention). I have a strong interest in translational research and after graduation, I plan to pursue a post-doctoral position in neurorehabilitation.  My long-term career goals are to either follow a traditional academic career or devote my full time to research in a clinical setting. 

Publications

Abstracts

Lang KC, Cron CC, Rhodes SC, Ramirez JJ.  Catalytic interlesion interval facilitates the emergence of long-term potentiation. Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE), Charleston, SC, March 15, 2008.

Lang KC, Rhodes SC, Robinson M. Exercise and neuroplasticity: Effects of exercise on neuroplasticity in two hippocampal afferents.  Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE), Charleston, SC, March 28, 2009.

Hirsch M, Lang KC, Bockenek J, Sanjak S, Russo P, Bravver E, Brooks BR.  Visual and Proprioceptive Postural Control in People with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Journal of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 2009, 10(S1, Theme 8, P202):163-164.

Sanjak M, Hirsch MA, Lang KC, Duffy KS, Ward AL, Lyerly JE, Shue J, Russo PC, Desai U, Bravver E, Brooks BR.  Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) Identifies an Early Sub-Clinical Balance Disorder in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Patients Not Diagnosed by Clinical Balance Assessment. Neurology, 2010, 74(Issue 9, Supplement 2): A177.

Lang KC and Smith MA. Aerobic exercise decreases binge-like patterns of excessive cocaine intake under unlimited access conditions.  40th Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, San Diego, CA, November 13-17, 2010.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts 36:574.12. 

Hirsch MA, Arrington T, Ball AM, Bickett AK, Davis CS, Hammond F, Karlawish JHT, Kropf M, Kruse D, Lang KC, Nelson J, Saunders S, Schur L. The capacity to vote of persons with traumatic brain injury.  3rd Federal Interagency Conference on TBI, Washington, DC, June 13-15, 2011.

Smith MA, Pennock MM, Pitts EG, Walker KL, Lang, KC. The effects of amphetamine, butorphanol, and their combination on cocaine self-administration.  14th Biennial Meeting of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Aug 26-29, 2011.  Behavioural Pharmacology; 22(Supplement):E50-E50.  

Lang KC, Thompson PA, and Wolf SL. The EXCITE trial: Re-acquiring Wolf Motor Function Test tasks.  Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 13-17, 2012. 

Lang KC, Ting LH, and McKay JL.  Support surface acceleration affects tibialis anterior onset latency during support surface translation perturbations.  International Society for Posture & Gait Research World Congress, Vancouver, BC, June 29 - July 3, 2014.

Lang KC, McKay JL, Compton H, Harris M, Perry J, Roberts C, Hackney ME, Ting LH.  Does successful Adapted Tango rehabilitation improve postural response scaling in individuals with Parkinson’s disease?  Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, Washington, DC.  November 15-19, 2014.

Lang KC, McKay JL, Hackney ME, Ting LH.  Does effective Adapted Tango rehabilitation improve postural response scaling across stance widths in individuals with Parkinson disease?  International Society for Posture & Gait Research World Congress, Seville, Spain, June 28 - July 2, 2015.

Lang KC, McKay JL, Hackney ME, Ting LH.  Leg muscle modulation during balance recovery in older adults with and without Parkinson’s disease.  Translational Science 2016, Washington, DC, April 13-15, 2016.