The College of Public Health's Neuromotor Science (NMS) Research Consortium is an interdisciplinary research facility that for the past four years has brought together nine faculty members and 20 students from various disciplines ranging from kinesiology and physical therapy to neuroscience and bioengineering. The labs investigate basic and clinical issues in human sensorimotor neuroscience, such as upper extremity function, posture and gait, spinal cord function, concussion, sensorimotor integration and assistive device development.
This story originally ran in our 2017 Year in Review.
One of the only groups of labs of its kind in the country, the NMS Research Consortium houses two immersive virtual environments and a host of other state-of-the-art equipment: a KINARM robot that measures upper-limb motor control and mechanics, instrumented devices that can collect inertial measurement unit data from people in their home environment, a modified Biodex system that measures the forces generated in the lower limbs, advanced electromyography systems, motion capture systems and more. The advanced equipment allows researchers to collect granular, highly specific data that could lead to breakthroughs in how we understand and treat neuromotor issues, whether they’re from injury or aging.
Perhaps most importantly, the consortium is a way for students and faculty to communicate and collaborate with those in other disciplines and lines of research, both within the College of Public Health and at Temple as a whole.
“The plan was to create common workspaces for the students,” said Geoff Wright, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and director of neuromotor sciences programs. “They might not get to engage with each other normally, but this gives them a space to collaborate, work together and discuss ideas.”