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Sensation, Movement, Balance & Falls

Sensory inputs are crucial to drive movement, whether this be controlling the finger and thumb to hold a pen, moving arms to gesture, or using breathing muscles to speak. We are examining how the sensory system works, how it affects the motor output from the brain, and how it gives us an accurate ‘sensory’ map of the external world, allowing us to make accurate movements.

Maintaining balance is a complex act of processing sensory information and coordination. We are exploring the effects of vision, sensation and vestibular function on balance. We are also investigating the physiology and biomechanics of walking, stepping reactions and trips, and are looking at the risk factors for falls to develop strategies to prevent them.

Breathing requires the coordination of many muscles and control systems in the brain. Our research examines the way the brain controls breathing muscles in health and in diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, spinal cord injury and obstructive sleep apnoea.

Butler Group

Respiration is the most crucial action performed by human skeletal muscles.  It requires coordinated activation of respiratory ‘pump’ muscles and upper airway dilator muscles all the time: when w

Close Group

A fall is simply an endpoint of the complex interplay between physiological and pathological ageing and the environments we negotiate on a daily basis.

Delbaere Group

Accidental falls are a major contributor to the burden of disease in older people and a major public health problem.

Fitzpatrick Group

Many sensory systems provide the brain with the information it needs for orientation, maintain balance and to make successful movements of the limbs.

Gandevia Group

Sensory inputs are crucial to drive all the movements and postural adjustments that we make, whether this be for controlling the forces of the finger and thumb to hold a pen, standing and moving our a

Herbert Group

Contracture is a stiffening of the joints that accompanies a wide range of movement disorders, including stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy.

Lee Group

Dr Bonne Lee and his research group hope to find out whether probiotics can prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in patients with neurogenic bladder following spinal cord injury.

Lord Group