The Motor Control Laboratory is located in the Des Moines University Clinic building. The 930 square foot laboratory contains advanced movement analysis equipment as well as ample open space required for movement studies. Our primary research goals are to determine age- and disease-related changes in the motor control of balance and gait, and to develop and examine therapeutic interventions to improve gait and balance in older adults and in individuals with stroke and Parkinson’s disease.
Student involvement is important to the ongoing success of the lab. Research electives provide opportunities for students to directly engage in research, and gain skills and confidence in problem-solving, observational movement analysis, and participant interaction. All motor control research faculty also participate in the Mentored Student Research Program.