Our research falls under 2 streams: 1) neural control of mobility, specifically examining more fundamental sensorimotor mechanisms of locomotion, and 2) the brain and behaviour relationships of mobility outcomes after stroke. We use advanced mobile neuroimaging to explore task performance kinematics and electromyography, to learn how the brain controls locomotion. Ultimately, the lab aims to improve mobility outcomes and maximize quality of life for people after stroke.
Neural Control of Mobility
The aim of these research projects are to quantify the somatosensory and motor activation patterns of how we move in the world. Under this stream, we ask physiological questions like “How does the brain control locomotion?” and neuroplasticity questions like, “Does motor learning change neurophysiology?” This stream taps into Dr. Peters' expertise in functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and electroencephalogram (EEG) to examine how neural function links with lower extremity task performance in healthy adults and after stroke.
Enhancing Stroke Mobility Recovery through Personalized Rehab
Under this research stream, the lab seeks to maximize mobility outcomes through personalized mobility by developing, refining, and implementing mobility protocols, telehealth applications, and exercise programs. Other projects use neuroimaging and motor performance outcome measures to quantify recovery after stroke.