Prof. B. DayWhole-body Sensorimotor Lab

Lab Head: Professor Brian Day


DayLab News:

The DayLab, together with Prof Seb Crutch of The Dementia Research Centre, have been awarded an Alzheimer's Society Research Grant.  The project, entitled "Am I the right way up? Investigating balance problems in posterior cortical atrophy", aims to characterize the nature and extent of balance problems in posterior cortical atrophy and typical Alzheimer’s disease. It will establish their frequency and impact, and identify the balance deficits and brain mechanisms underlying these symptoms. The project will raise awareness of balance deficits in dementia which currently are poorly recognized, understood or treated.

Look for us at the International Society of Posture and Gait Research World Congress in Seville in June!

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About us

The laboratory focuses on neural processes that control human movement and balance, and their disorders resulting from damage to the central nervous system.
Our main lines of investigation are aimed at understanding the mechanisms that control and integrate whole-body actions, in particular standing, walking, and reaching. We are interested in how the neural processes combine sensory information from vestibular organs, eyes, muscles and skin to compute motor instructions. The brain regions in which we are currently interested include the cerebellum, basal ganglia, and parietal cortex.

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The labs are housed on the 5th floor of 33 Queen Square.

The main research tools consist of non-invasive sensory stimulation techniques coupled with 3D movement measurement technology.

The recording equipment includes eight CODA sensor units each of which can determine the 3D coordinates of up to 56 infrared emitting body markers.

This kinematic information is combined with force data from up to five Kistler force plates and two JR3 6-axis force handles, electromyographic activity transmitted wirelessly from up to 32 muscles using a Delsys Trigno system, as well as gaze data from SMI Eye Tracking Glasses.

Current research topics - selected publications:

Walking and Stepping

Standing

Trunk Control

Upper Limb

Vestibular Basics

Group members:

Professor Brian L Day (Principal Investigator; brian.day{at}ucl.ac.uk) publications

Mr. Matthew Bancroft (PhD Student; matthew.bancroft.13{at}ucl.ac.uk)

Dr Chris Dakin (Honorary Research Associate; c.dakin{at}ucl.ac.uk) publications

Dr Irene Di Giulio (Research Associate; i.digiulio{at}ucl.ac.uk)

Dr Dejan Georgiev (Clinical Research Associate; d.georgiev{at}ucl.ac.uk

Ms Amy Peters (Research Associate; amy.peters{at}ucl.ac.uk) publications

Current Grants

Alzheimer's Society Research Grant: Am I the right way up? Investigating balance problems in posterior cortical atrophy. (2015-2018)

Medical Research Council:  Optimising STN-DBS for late-emerging axial symptoms in Parkinson's disease. (2012-2015)

Brain Research Trust:  Can deep brain stimulation improve the cognitive deficits associated with Parkinson's disease? (2012-2015)

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