Welcome to the HMBL website!
The mission of the Human Movement & Balance Laboratory (HMBL) is fall and musculoskeletal injury prevention in healthy and clinical young/elderly adult populations. We achieve these goals by gaining a thorough understanding of the biomechanical
and postural control principles that govern human movement, balance during standing/walking, and performance of occupational tasks. A multidisciplinary group of researchers including biomechanical engineers, physicians (geriatricians, neurologists
and psychiatrists), and physical/occupational therapists work in close collaboration to achieve our research goals. HMBL is a state of the art space designed and equipped to analyze the dynamics of human motion. Current research projects include a
wide range of experimental studies examining fall prevention following external disturbances such as slipping or tripping, prosthetics, ergonomic-related research, cognitive research and imaging applications in various population types. In conjunction
with experimental studies, biomechanical computer modeling is used to gain a greater understanding of the impact of environmental and human factors on the risk of falls and injury.
- Kurt Beschorner has been promoted to Associate Professor, effective 9/1/2017.
- The following contract and grant have recently been awarded:
- NIOSH Contract #200-2017-M-93993 (PI: Beschorner), Develop Design Specifications for Apparatus to Slip Test Boots, 8/1/2017-7/31/2018
- NIH 1 R21 HD079254 (PI: Cham/Iverson), Role of Attention in Balance and Mobility in Autism Spectrum Disorders