Research Projects and Approaches

Research within the SNL is designed to understand the contributions of the brain’s structural and functional networks to everyday movements, and to leverage this understanding to develop new therapeutic interventions for individuals with sensorimotor dysfunction. Through the use of novel motor training interventions, paired with neuroimaging, we are developing methods that predict intervention responsiveness and promote neural plasticity. We utilize a range of neuroimaging techniques including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation to assess neuroanatomy and neurophysiologic function. These state of the art imaging techniques are integrated with experimental paradigms relying on the biomechanical analysis of sensorimotor control to provide a comprehensive view of the neural control of movement.