Multisensory Integration and Human Postural Control

Multisensory Integration and Human Postural Control

Funding: National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Science Foundation Description: Standing upright on two legs is a complicated control problem for the nervous system. Humans never stand perfectly still and small muscular corrections are...

Genetic Basis for Vestibular Dysfunction

Funding: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders Description. In collaboration with Dr. Steve Roth, we studied individuals who have lost vestibular function due to gentamicin therapy to determine whether there is an underlying genetic basis for such loss. The...

The Interaction of Sensory Information, Posture, and Locomotion

Funding: The National Science Foundation Description. We investigated how multisensory information Is used to stabilize the gait cycle by stimulating walking subjects with multiple forms of sensory information, including visual, vestibular and proprioceptive....
Sensory Processing and Balance Control during Walking in CP

Sensory Processing and Balance Control during Walking in CP

Funding: Shriners Foundation Description. The goal of this project is to characterize neural control strategies underlying walking in children with cerebral palsy (CP) to inform the development of new therapeutic approaches.  Recent studies have suggested that a...
Balance During Obstacle Avoidance

Balance During Obstacle Avoidance

Description. Injuries from falls are a major public health issue. Falls often occur when the environment restricts the range of possible movements and drives the walking human out of the safety zone into less stable behavior. We use obstacles obstructing a walkway as...
Sensor Fusion for Balance Control in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Sensor Fusion for Balance Control in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Funding:  Shriners Foundation  Description:  Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders affecting the development of movement and posture and is characterized by many functional impairments of which include poor balance, difficulties in gait and deterioration of...
TreadSense

TreadSense

Funding: National Institute of Aging Previous research investigating visual feedback and postural control has focused on static posture while subjects attempt to keep their center of pressure on a visual target on a computer screen. This method of application has been...