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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

Falls represent a major age-related health challenge facing our society, with about one third of older community-living people falling at least once a year, incurring high costs in terms of decreas

Eckert Group

Sleep is a fundamental process controlled by the brain and is essential for human life. Impaired sleep can adversely affect a variety of physiological systems and disease processes.

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

Control of balance is vital to everyday life. Maintaining balance involves highly complex processing of peripheral sensory information and precise coordination of motor responses.

McNulty Group

Fine motor control of the body results from a subtle yet complex integration of the motor and sensory systems.

Migliaccio Group

The vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) is important for maintaining visual stability during tasks that move the head rapidly and unpredictably, for example, as occurs during running or when driving on a bu

Moseley Group

Tissue damage is neither necessary nor sufficient for pain.

Taylor Group

The control of muscles by the nervous system underlies all of our actions.

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