Prof. B. Day

Whole-body Sensorimotor Lab

Lab Head: Professor Brian Day


DayLab News:

The DayLab, together with Professor Nick Tyler, have been awarded a UCL Grand Challenges Studentship.  The project, entitled Mechanisms of instability in complex environments, will investigate factors that contribute to performance errors when stepping near visually presented targets and obstacles.  Findings will be translated to a real-world setting with a view to promoting the development of novel pedestrian environments.  The project will begin in October, 2013.

Moving Dots

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.

Skeleton

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 a head mounted system from Applied Science Laboratories.

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

Dr Tim Cacciatore (Research Associate; t.cacciatore{at}ucl.ac.uk)

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

Dr Rania Kalliolia (Clinical Research Associate; e.kalliolia{at}ucl.ac.uk)

Dr Omar Mian (Research Associate; o.mian{at}ucl.ac.uk) academia.edu page

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

Dr Rebecca St George (Honorary Research Associate; rebecca.george{at}ucl.ac.uk)

Mr Daniel Voyce (Senior Research Engineer; d.voyce{at}ion.ucl.ac.uk)

Current Grants

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)

Wellcome Trust:  A multi-user facility for analysis of large-volume movements for investigation of motor control processes in health and disease. (2008-2013)

Medical Research Council:  Functional effects of active muscle stiffness on movement in the elderly. (2009-2012)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council:  Measurement and modelling of electric fields induced in the human body by temporally changing magnetic fields: Understanding bio-effects of magnetic fields associated with magnetic resonance imaging. (2010-2012)

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