Neuromotor Control and Neurorehabilitation

Knowledge about how the brain and spinal cord control human movement can be applied to improve recovery from nervous system injuries. Among the areas we study:

  • Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity: Underlying neural substrates and brain mechanisms of motor learning to design and test novel non-pharmacologic interventions for motor skill acquisition
  • Computational Motor Control: Computational models of motor learning and neural plasticity in healthy and lesioned brains
  • Neuromechanics: Interactions between muscles, sensory organs and the central nervous system to explain motion
  • Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation: Integrative approaches to quantify motor dysfunction and identify factors that guide learning, recovery and rehabilitation after stroke
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Control and Rehabilitation: Basic research into how brain networks control pelvic floor muscles and how these networks become dysfunctional
  • Multi-Muscle Coordination: Interpretation of kinesiological data to create models of movement involving joints and muscle coordination
  • Noninvasive Neuroimaging and Neuro-Stimulation: Various techniques to noninvasively image and modulate the structure or function of the nervous system
  • Brain Connectomics of Movement Control: Brain mapping to learn the functional and structural connectivity of separate motor cortical centers involved in controlling individual muscles
  • Motor Control during Upper-Extremity Tasks: How the structure of the body and properties of the neuromuscular system cooperate to produce versatile function and give rise to disability
  • Smart Technologies to Promote Recovery: Development of techniques and tools to quantify neuromuscular control

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