Current Research Projects

Sensory Processing and Balance Control During Walking in Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is characterized by its progressive movement problems, but deficits in sensory function and processing can exacerbate these problems and have a negative impact on balance and function. By using movements of an immersive visual scene and electrical stimulation to the vestibular system, we can provide sensory stimulation that challenges a person’s sense of balance. We can then track and quantify the balance response through infrared motion-capture video, pressure on a force plate, and electromyographic (EMG) activity. To understand these deficits in the larger context of function and rehabilitation, we look for relationships between balance responses and self-reported balance confidence and quality of life.

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Dr. Jeka receives US patent for TreadSense

Congratulations to Dr. John Jeka, Professor & Department Chair of Kinesiology for the recent patent awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his TreadSense product. TreadSense combines three technologies (a treadmill, a webcam, and computer modeling of the human body) into one device that provides feedback as to how an individual is moving. This device is incredibly helpful in rehabilitation settings, helping people to re-learn how to safely walk following an injury.

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TreadSense profiled by radio news station WTOP.

Dr. Jeka and some of his research team, Eric Anson, Peter Agada (both Kinesiology Graduate Students) and Joseph Owen (Undergraduate in Computer Science) were interviewed by a reporter from WTOP 103.5 FM radio about their Treadsense invention. It is currently installed at Washington Adventist...

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