Shinichi Furuya, PhD, MSc, BSc

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD in Medicine

MSc in Human Science

BSc in Mechanical Engineering


Research interests

  • Sensorimotor control and learning
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Biomechanics

Current projects

I have been studing sensorimotor control and learning of piano playing in Japan and United States. Based on my strong motivation toward resolving focal dystonia, I currently work for developing novel neurorehabilitation techniques for pianists who suffer from focal dystonia, and for uncovering neuromuscular mechanism underlying dystonic hand movements in piano playing.



In 2002, I received a bachelor degree of mechanical engineering at School of Engineering Science in Osaka University (Japan) by a simulation study regarding chaos prediction. In 2004, I got a master degree at Graduate School of Human Science in Osaka University, where I carried out a biomechanical research of piano playing. In 2008, I obtained a PhD at Graduate School of Medicine in Osaka University, where I studied effect of long-term piano training on control of mulit-joint arm movements in piano keystroke. After one year postdoc at Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan), I worked at Department of Neuroscience in University of Minnesota (USA) for two years and a half, where I extensively studied sensorimotor control of sequential finger movements in piano playing.



2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

2011 Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

2010 Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

2009 Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM): Scholarship Winner at 19th Annual Meeting

2008 The Japanese Society for Music Perception and Cognition (JSMPC): Young Investigator Award

2007 International Society of Biomechanics (ISB): Finalist of ISB Young Investigation Award

Piano Activity

2009:  Recital (Japan)
2007:  Recital (Japan)
2004: Completion of Freeing the caged bird program (USA)
2004: Solo performance at Ernest Bloch Music Festival (USA)
2004: Prize at Kobe International Music Competition (Japan)
2001: Prize at Japan Classical Music Competition (Japan) 

2000: Prize at Wakayama Music Competition (Japan)





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Shinichi Furuya, PhD

Office: Schiffgraben 48
Postal address: Neues Haus 1
30175 Hanover

Phone +49(0)511 - 3100-552
Fax +49(0)511 - 3100-557

Dr. Shinichi Furuya

Last modified: 2022-09-26

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