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Control of balance is vital to everyday life. Maintaining balance involves complex processing of peripheral sensory information and precise coordination of motor responses. Our research aims to enhance understanding of human balance and involves investigations of sensory and motor contributions, central processing, behavioural influences in older people and clinical populations with balance impairments. Current studies are investigating stepping responses required for fall avoidance, gait adaptability for obstacle negotiation and the causes of dizziness, .We are also using new technologies (exergame step training and remote sensor monitoring) in large fall prevention clinical trials in older people and people with dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

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Senior Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC
Conjoint Professor, UNSW
T: +612 9399 1061
E: s.lord@neura.edu.au

Professor Stephen Lord is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, Australia. He has published over 400 papers in the areas of balance, gait and falls in older people and is acknowledged as a leading international researcher in his field. His research follows two main themes: the identification of physiological risk factors for falls and the development and evaluation of fall prevention strategies. Key aspects of this research have been the elucidation of sensorimotor factors that underpin balance and gait and the design and evaluation of exercise programs for older people including those at increased risk of falls, i.e. people with Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia and frailty. His methodology and approach to fall-risk assessment has been adopted by many researchers and clinicians globally and he is actively engaged in initiatives aimed at implementing falls prevention evidence into policy and practice.

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Professor Stephen Lord
Senior Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC
Conjoint Professor, UNSW
T: +612 9399 1061
E: s.lord@neura.edu.au
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Dr Daina Sturnieks
Senior Research Officer
Conjoint Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW
T: +612 9399 1062
E: d.sturnieks@neura.edu.au
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Dr Jasmine Menant
Senior Research Officer, NeuRA
Conjoint Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine
T: +612 9399 1267
E: j.menant@neura.edu.au
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Dr Matthew A Brodie
Senior Research Officer, NeuRA
NHMRC EC Fellow
T: +612 9399 1801
E: matthew.brodie@neura.edu.au
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Dr Esther Vance
Research Assistant
T: +612 9399 1063
E: e.vance@neura.edu.au
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Dr Yoshiro Okubo
Visiting Research Fellow, NeuRA
Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, JSPS
T: +612 9399 1065
E: y.okubo@neura.edu.au
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Cameron Hicks
Research Assistant
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Joanne Lo
Research Assistant
T: +61 2 9399 1209
E: j.lo@neura.edu.au
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Vicky Smith
Executive Assistant
T: +612 9399 1064
E: v.smith@neura.edu.au

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