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Introductory Lecture: The neuromechanics of successful movement during non-steady tasks, with Dr Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery, Queen Mary

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Dr Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery

Date: 14 March 2018   Time: 15:00 - 15:30

Humans and animals must regularly encounter and successfully deal with non-steady tasks, such as stepping over an object, and we usually accomplish this without falling or injuring ourselves. We still, however, know relatively little about the underlying control policies that regulate movement in such tasks.

My research involves determining these control policies, and in particular, finding features of movement that can be used to identify the “safety” or “improvement” of locomotion. I have used animal models to push the neuromechanical system further to characterise key controlled variables. These key variables are tightly controlled across animals and humans. Furthermore, they have the potential to be used for differentiating between healthy and symptomatic gait, due to injury or musculoskeletal disease, without the need of imaging.

Location:  David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus