Neural control of mammalian locomotion Adaptability of human walking Gait rehabilitation following neurological injury
My research interests are in the neural control and adaptability of human walking. In particular, understanding the role of sensory information on the control of walking has implications for the development and advance of rehabilitative strategies for gait retraining in individuals with neurological gait disorders. One of the goals of this research is to study the strategies used by humans to adapt their walking pattern to phasic and sustained disturbances during gait, thus providing insight into how sensory input mediates changes in the walking pattern under different conditions. A second objective of this research is to utilize our knowledge of sensory information processing during walking to develop and improve gait rehabilitation strategies for individuals with gait disorders, such as that due to spinal cord injury or stroke. An important aspect of this research is exploring the use of robotic technology for studying the control of human walking and for the development of advanced gait rehabilitation strategies.