Motion Analysis Laboratory

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Discovery Shows Cerebellum Plays Important Role In Sensing Limb Position And Movement

September 4, 2013
Kennedy Krieger Institute researchers find that damage to the cerebellum impairs ability to predict motion outcomes and discrimination between limb positions.

Baltimore, Md. -- Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today study findings showing, for the first time, the link between the brain’s cerebellum and proprioception, or the body’s ability to sense movement and joint and limb position.

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Shown to Impact Walking Patterns

June 1, 2012
Kennedy Krieger researchers believe tool has potential to help patients relearn to walk after brain injury

Baltimore, MD -- In a step towards improving rehabilitation for patients with walking impairments, researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that non-invasive stimulation of the cerebellum, an area of the brain known to be essential in adaptive learning, helped healthy individuals learn a new walking pattern more rapidly. The findings suggest that cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) may be a valuable therapy tool to aid people relearning how to walk following a stroke or other brain injury.

Motion Analysis Laboratory: Contact Information

The Motion Analysis Laboratory is located at:

Motion Analysis Laboratory
Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205

Phone Number: (443) 923-2716

Fax Number: (443) 923-2715

Driving Directions to Broadway Location
Area Map of Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins

Motion Analysis Laboratory: Courses

Amy J. Bastian, PhD, PT - Course Master
Current Issues in Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience (ME440.813)
Semester: Spring

Motion Analysis Laboratory: Publications

Fuentes CT, Bastian AJ. 'Motor cognition' - what is it and is the cerebellum involved? Cerebellum. 2007;6(3):232-6. Review.

Choi JT, Bastian AJ. Adaptation reveals independent control networks for human walking. Nat Neurosci. 2007 Aug;10(8):1055-62. Epub 2007 Jul 1.

Motion Analysis Laboratory: Research Projects

Movement disorders commonly occur following neurological damage. Dr. Bastian and her colleagues study the movements of adults and children who have damage or disease of the central nervous system. Her group is interested in understanding the mechanisms of different types of movement disorders, as well as how and why different treatments improve movement. She is also actively studying how new movements are "learned" and what the course of movement recovery is following different types of brain damage.

Motion Analysis Laboratory: Facilities

The Motion Analysis Laboratory is a part of the Rosenberg Clinical Research Center, on the ground floor of the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Two large testing spaces comprise the laboratory; they are designed for quantitative, whole-body movement assessments. Faculty and student offices are adjacent to the laboratory spaces. The F.M. Kirby Neuroimaging Center is located directly across the lobby and allows easy access to 1.5 and 3 T scanners.

Research Frontiers: Back in Stride -- Innovative Treadmill Study Helps Restore Walk Patterns


Motion Analysis LaboratoryYou're waiting at the airport for your best friend to arrive. It's been several years since you last saw each other. A figure emerges from the throng of travelers, and as he walks quickly toward you, you recognize your friend right away by his long, loping stride. The way he walks, or his gait, is a very complex characteristic that, like a fingerprint, is unique to every person.

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