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Robynne G. Braun, MD, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

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Administrative Title:

Director of the PM & R Program

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Education and Training

  • University of Illinois, Chicago (2000 – 2002) M.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Motor Control and Learning.  Thesis: The role of task concept in the performance of new interlimb coordination patterns. 
  • University of Illinois, Chicago (2002 – 2007) Ph.D. in Movement Sciences with a concentration in Motor Control and Learning. Dissertation: Visuomotor transformation in movement imitation:  examining predictions based on models of apraxia and motor control.
  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine (2007 – 2011) Doctorate of Medicine with Honors in Research. Research Project: Kinematic analysis of motor recovery with human adult bone marrow derived somatic cell therapy in a rat model of stroke.
  • Loyola University Medical Center (2011 – 2012) Internship in Internal Medicine
  • University of Washington Medical Center (2012 – 2015). Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Research Project:  Effects of mechanical stretch on gene transfer for treatment of inherited myopathies.


I am a physician/scientist with a research background in Kinesiology and clinical training in Rehabilitation Medicine. Since completing my Ph.D. in 2007, I have been building a career path that unites my research background in kinesiology with my clinical interests in musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. While in the M.D. with Honors in Research program at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine (2007 – 2011), I collaborated with the Kartje Lab at the Neuroscience Institute where I developed kinematic methods to evaluate motor recovery with stem cell therapy in a rodent model of stroke. I presented this research at several conferences both nationally (AAPM&R, ACRM) and internationally (ISPRM). During the final year of medical school and first year of residency as Intern in Internal Medicine at Loyola, I published several manuscripts (in Brain and Cognition, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, and Somatosensory and Motor Research), and was awarded the 2010 ERF New Investigator Award by the Foundation for PM&R.

During my subsequent residency training at the University of Washington, I continued to develop my research skills and was accepted in 2013 to the RMSTP, an NIH-funded career development program for emerging clinician/scientists in rehabilitation medicine. While in this program, I collaborated with the Childers and Mack labs at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine and initiated a new line of research examining the effects exercise on gene therapy uptake for inherited myopathies.

After residency, I was accepted for advanced training at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the Science of Clinical Investigation Program, where I further refined my knowledge of clinical research design and implementation. This positioned me well for my subsequent appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland, where my work is focused upon clinical care and research in stroke rehabilitation.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Stroke, rehabilitation, upper extremity, motor control, kinematics

Highlighted Publications

Braun RG, Wang Z, Mack DL, Childers MK (2014). Gene therapy for inherited muscle diseases: where genetics meets rehabilitation medicine. American Journal of  Physical  Medicine and  Rehabilitation.  2014 Nov;93 (11 Suppl 3):S97-107

Braun, RG, Andrews, EM, Kartje GL (2012).  Kinematic analysis of motor recovery with human adult bone marrow–derived somatic cell therapy in a rat model of stroke.  Neurorehabilitation and  Neural Repair. Sept; 26: 898-906.

Golomer EM, Gravenhorst RM, Toussaint Y (2009). Influence of vision and motor imagery styles on equilibrium control during whole-body rotations.  Somatosensory and Motor Research. 26 (4): 105-110.

Gravenhorst RM & Walter, CB (2009).  Visuomotor transformation in movement imitation: examining predictions based on models of apraxia and motor control. Brain and Cognition Nov;71(2):118-28.

Gravenhorst RM & Walter, CB (2007). Apraxia and motor control: linking theory and methods across two complementary research domains.  Motor Control, 11(4): 374-405.

Giuffrida, C, Newton, L, O’Neil, K, Posse, C, Kim, SB, Gravenhorst, RM, Heilman, KM, & Cauraugh, J (2005). Stroke Consequences on Movement Control of the “Unaffected” Upper Limb (abstract). Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86(10), E1-E27.

Walter CB & Gravenhorst RM (2004). Placing the perceptual-cognitive approach in perspective. Journal of Motor Behavior.  Dec; 36(4): 400-407.