Dr. Brown and participant outside his labDr. Brown and participant outside his labDavid A. Brown, Ph.D. is the director of the UAB stroke research lab known as the Locomotor Control and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory. It is located at 516 20th Street South in Birmingham, Ala.

For any questions about this University of Alabama at Birmingham laboratory, our research or our novel apparati used in rehabilitation, please email us at locolabuab@gmail.com and we will respond within two business days.

RESEARCH: We 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. Our published work has appeared in dozens of peer reviewed journals.

BECOME A PARTICIPANT! We are always looking for individuals 6 months post-stroke to assist with UAB stroke research. If you are interested in learning more about being a participant please email us at locolabuab@gmail.com or call us at 205-975-3592. Most studies involve some compensation for time and participation. Additionally, we offer free parking!  

Size limits for the KineAssist include: 
  • Weight limit – 350 lbs (158.8 kg) 
  • Patient height – 4' 10" up to 6' 4" (58 - 193 cm)
  • Pelvic width – 11.5" – 22.4" (29.2 - 56.9 cm)

 If you are a member of the media and wish to conduct an interview about UAB stroke research with Dr. Brown or another member of our staff please contact UAB Media Relations at 205-934-3884.

COMMUNITY: We are dedicated to the health and well-being of the greater Birmingham area. If you would like Dr. Brown to speak to your group about the innovative techniques and unique apparati used in our efforts to better the community, email all the details to locolabuab@gmail.com.

STUDIES: We are currently working on several studies which include:
  • Seeing how much force each leg produces when given different levels of assistive force while walking at a comfortable speed
  • Determining if walking while doing challenging tasks leads to faster walking speeds 6 months later compared to initial walking speed before training
  • Discovering if a patient-centered approach to training yields faster walking speeds
  • Using biweekly assessments as part of the training study to determine if targeting specific areas is more beneficial than non-targeted training.