We are a multidisciplinary group combining knowledge from the areas of Neuroscience, Physical Therapy, Biomechanics, Control, Robotics, Modeling, Machine Learning, and others. Currently, we are organized into three complementary laboratories:
Human Locomotion Laboratory
The main topic of this lab is the study of human locomotion and its neurorehabilitation. The target groups are the major diseases of the central nervous system (Stroke, SCI, Parkinson) and other syndromes that affect human locomotion. The area seeks to advance the sciences of biomechanics, neurophysiology and applications of ICT to design of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to improve gait recovery processes. It is our primal goal to experimentally demonstrate the key aspects to optimal functional recovery of gait.
Neuromuscular Coordination Laboratory
Neuromuscular coordination can be defined as the ability of the central nervous system (CNS) to control the muscles in the execution of multi-limb functional movements.
The goal of our research is twofold. On the one side, we aim to gain better knowledge on the neural mechanisms at the basis of neuromuscular coordination and their biomechanical effects, in healthy and pathologic people. On the other side, we aim to apply this knowledge to neuro-rehabilitation, and create new assessment and therapeutic devices specifically aimed to restore functional neuromuscular coordination.
Neuromodulation and Assessment Laboratory
This lab is built upon the development of techniques for the analysis and conditioning of neural structures involved in the generation of both volitional movement strategies and spinal reflexes in humans. The main target groups of pathologies considered are some of the most prevalent neurological conditions, such as stroke survivors, and patients with traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury.
Neural Interfaces and Enhancement Lab
Disrupted motor function is a hallmark feature of neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor (ET). Understanding neural and non-neural mechanisms underlying impaired motor control is of utmost importance to design rehabilitation strategies.
The main goal of our lab is to design breakthrough technology-based interventions to promote neurorecovery by using neural interfaces and techniques that might strengthen or modulate neural pathways. To achieve our goal, we take a multidisciplinary approach in our research, using a combination of neurophysiology, biomechanics and robotics approaches in human patients and animal models. Currently, we devote our research to the development and design of novel neuroprostheses for tremor suppresion.