About LocoLabDavid A. Brown, PhD is the director of this UAB stroke research facility located at 516 20th Street South. The research focus of this lab is directed towards the understanding of neuromusculoskeletal control during active movement in individuals post-stroke. Studies seek to understand the underlying control mechanisms of poor locomotor control and to develop quantitative evaluation and intervention tools for the amelioration of locomotor and balance deficits post-stroke.
Experimental approaches at this UAB stroke research lab include measurement of electrical muscle activity, lower limb force and movement trajectories, and electro-physiological reflex testing during locomotor movement such as walking and pedaling. The lab is also focused on the development of novel apparati useful for rehabilitation.
Two examples include a tilt-cycle ergometer used to measure, during pedaling tasks, weakness in paretic muscles, limb loading capability, speed of movement, lateral balance stability, and rhythmic muscle activity and a new collaborative robotics system, the KineAssist MAX, a gait and balance system. This system allows the study of balance and postural responses to challenging functional tasks such as stairs, stepping over objects, and forward/backward pushes.
Past and current funding of the LocoLab is received from The Foundation of Physical Therapy, Veteran’s Association, The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, The American Heart Association, The National Science Foundation and The National Institutes of Health.
American Stroke Association: Life After Stroke
National Stroke Association: Steps Against Recurrent Stroke
American Stroke Association: Healthy Living After a Stroke
Lakeshore Foundation: Fitness, Recreation and Athletics
CDC: Fall Prevention
Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging: Aging in Alabama