The UAB Locomotor Control and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory, known on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus as the LocoLab, has developed five different exercise protocols for participants in UAB stroke research. Each of the five are assessed within one device - the KineAssist.

“We have a funded project now where we measure the five domains and we use an evaluation tool to measure each so we can find out which of those five is the strongest, which is the second strongest and so on until we define which is the weakest," said David Brown, PhD, director of the LocoLab and the UAB PhD in Rehabilitation Science program.

The study gives participants a two-week concentrated-target-focused intervention on whichever domain is identified as the weakest. After two weeks they measure the participant to see if that area went up in the rankings. They will do this for 10 weeks - always focusing on the weakest domain.

"We want to find out if this strategy leads to better improvements than if we just did a more generalized approach to rehabilitation training,” said Brown. “We are working on many studies in this lab where we are challenging people and making the environment more difficult. That is the best way to learn more and to identify solutions."

Research

Researchers in the LocoLab have decades of combined experience in researching locomotor impairments and walking dysfunction. And have been published in more than 10 peer-reviewed journals. Here is a look at some highlights of our researcher's recently published works:

Become a Participant

We are dedicated to the health and well-being of the greater Birmingham area. 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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 205-975-3592. Most studies involve some compensation for time and participation. Additionally, we offer free parking!

Please note there are size limits for the KineAssist which 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)