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The Neural Control of Movement Laboratory in the School of BioIological and Health Systems studies the hand as a model to investigate the mechanisms underlying sensorimotor integration responsible for motor learning and control.
Research thrusts include the role of vision and tactile input for learning and controlling object manipulation, neural mechanisms underlying the synergistic control of multiple hand muscles and the effect of neurological disorders and neuropathies on hand control.
Advances in robotics technology, design development and testing of next generation prosthetic hand technology hold promise and the potential for improving the efficacy of rehabilitation of hand function following surgery as well as neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke, dystonia and carpal tunnel syndrome.