Dan B. Welch Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Growth Development and Structure
Illinois University-School of Dental
Neuroscience, University of
Psychology , California State
University, San Bernardino
Our research focus is on the physiological
mechanisms underlying the control of
masticatory behavior. Our main focus is the
study of Bruxism, an involuntary rhythmic or
spasmodic non-functional gnashing and
grinding of the teeth. Normally, the nervous
system must generate precise temporal
sequences of muscle contractions when a
coordinated movement is produced. These
programmed sequences of muscle activity are
referred to as "motor patterns", and are
produced by rhythmically active networks of
nerve cells called "central pattern
generators" (CPGs) in the central nervous
system. In essence, we are interested in how
CPG patterns produced in the brainstem are
disrupted by pathology.
Publications (peer reviewed):
J. Wanda, P. and Welch, D.B. (In
Preparation) Characterization of brux-like
movements in the laboratory rat using
electromyographic and phase analysis
C.D. Hopp, (2014) Surface
Treatments That Demonstrate a Significant
Positive Effect on the Shear Bond Strength
of Repaired Resin Modified Glass Ionomer.
Operative Dentistry. In Press
K.G., Hofelich R., Welch D.B., Stoeckel D.C.
Sequence of the Maxillary Permanent Canine:
A radiographic review. General
D. and Currie, S.N. (2014) Sensory-evoked
turning locomotion in red-eared turtles:
kinematic analysis and electromyography. Journal
of Comparative Physiology A.
Welch, D and Seitz, A. (2013) Processing Irrelevant Location Information: Practice and Transfer Effects in a Simon task. PLoS ONE.
Altshuler, D.L., K.C. Welch, B.H. Cho, D.B. Welch, A.F. Lin, W.B. Dickson, and M.H. Dickinson (2009) Neuromuscular control of wingbeat kinematics in Anna’s hummingbirds (Calypte anna). Journal of Experimental Biology 213:2507-2514.
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