Interview with Professor Simon Gandevia on motor impairment   Recently updated !

Siobhan Moylan, a science and media communicator at Neuroscience Research Australia, recently conducted this insightful interview with Professor Simon Gandevia. In the interview, Professor Gandevia talks at length about motor impairment, which is the focus of a recent NHMRC Program Grant entitled ‘Motor Impairment: basic and applied human neurophysiology’.  

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Fighting fire with fire: using vibration to suppress tremor   Recently updated !

Treatments for tremor disorders have largely focused on the prescription of medications or, in more severe cases, brain surgery (for a review see Schneider & Deuschl 2015). In recent years, there have been some novel – and at times ‘sci-fi’ – approaches to reducing tremor amplitude.  Such approaches include the use of an exoskeleton worn […]


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2014 year in review – statistics, science and why we should not sit down!

Here we highlight some 2014 messages from the Motor Impairment team.  These ones focus on SCIENCE and SCIENTISTS and were reported during the year.  They have some pointers and messages but they also reveal some pitfalls. In the coming days we will post additional highlights from 2014 dealing with other aspects new physiology. Statistics and […]


2014 year in review – new physiology: the winning nose, human exercise and more

Here we highlight some 2014 messages from the Motor Impairment team.  They focus on some new physiology reported during the year and hopefully illustrate how the body functions. In the coming days we will post additional highlights from 2014 dealing with other aspects of Motor Impairment and motor performance. MUSCLE STUFF Muscle growth: how to […]

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2014 year in review – ageing

Here’s why you should exercise, walk fast and plan for your retirement! Here we highlight some messages from 2014 from the Motor Impairment team.  They focus on AGEING.  In the coming days we will post additional highlights from 2014 dealing with other aspects of Motor Impairment and motor performance. Ageing and high-intensity exercise It is […]


2014 year in review – diseases, disorders and disabilities

There have been many important ‘D’iscoveries in 2014 Here we highlight some messages from 2014 from the Motor Impairment team.  They focus on some major diseases, disorders and disabilities.  In the coming days we will post additional highlights from 2014 dealing with other aspects of Motor Impairment and motor performance.  Of course it is always […]

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WHAT’S IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?

What’s in a CLINICAL TRIAL? Simple – a lot of bias about the benefits and the harms of what is being tried! We like to report on the benefits but not the harms. This new research published in the British Medical Journal highlights the deficiencies in how clinical trial outcomes are reported. As one researcher […]

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Aerobic exercise training increases pain tolerance

It is well demonstrated that a single bout of exercise can cause short-term reductions in pain, a phenomenon referred to as exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH) (Naugle et al. 2012). However, the effect of chronic exercise training on pain is less clear, as are the mechanisms that mediate EIH. A greater understanding of the effects of chronic […]