Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Partnering to Advance the Field

Collaborations within our division, across campus and with other institutions help us improve the understanding and diagnosis of diseases, disabilities and injuries to the body and brain — and translate findings as quickly as possible into effective therapies. Here we highlight some of the innovative, collaborative projects and diverse expertise of our research program.

Enhancing Stroke Outcomes

Our investigators are studying the most effective ways to help patients recover from stroke by designing advanced computer models that inform new approaches to neurological therapy. Learn more:

Understanding Chronic Pain

Our studies of the neural and behavioral underpinnings of chronic and recurrent pain — including low back pain, shoulder pain and pelvic pain — are revealing ways to more effectively treat and ultimately prevent conditions that impact quality of life. Learn more:

Walking After Stroke

Walking requires a complex blend of brain and body systems, which can be impaired after stroke. Our behavioral and computational approaches are revealing how walking is controlled and adapted and are informing new approaches to improving mobility after stroke. Learn more:

Boosting Mobility in Parkinson’s Patients

Our researchers are developing a virtual-reality-based training that will give Parkinson’s patients a safe and effective way to relearn walking and other movement skills to improve their functioning in real-world settings. Learn more:

Exercising for Brain Health

Using state-of-the art brain imaging and other measures of cognition, our researchers are investigating how exercise can positively impact brain health and delay cognitive decline in older adults as well as improve brain repair in those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Learn more:

Preventing Injuries in Athletes

Through a deeper understanding of the bodies and brains of athletes, our researchers are investigating ways to improve athletic training techniques to reduce injuries. Learn more:

Optimizing Athletic Performance

Working with college and professional teams, we are improving understanding of the structures and movements of the arm to reduce injury and improve functioning in athletes who rely on the peak performance of their upper extremities. Learn more:

Mapping Motor Control

By mapping the connectivity of motor areas in the brain, we hope to improve treatments for a range of disorders and disabilities, including incontinence and lower-limb muscle control. Learn more:

Deciphering Demands on Dancers

Neuromechanical and behavioral approaches are allowing us decipher the unique demands on dancers’ bodies — such as repeated jumps, short sprints and extreme ranges of motion — and help dancers overcome constraints on their performances. Learn more:

Achieving Wellness Across the Lifespan

Exercise is important for neuromuscular, biomechanical, psychosocial and cognitive health for all ages. Our investigations are revealing the benefits to older adults of undertaking activities from yoga and resistance training to golf. Learn more:

Improving Perinatal Health

The perinatal period is a time of great change in a person’s life — physically, emotionally and socially. Through interdisciplinary, community-based research on pregnancy, birth and postpartum wellness, our investigators aim to improve the health of this unique population and their babies.