Art and science: the benefits of dance in Parkinson’s disease   Recently updated !

As a graduate student, I volunteered at my local community centre and the manager assigned me to run one of the weekly exercise classes offered to older people in the community. I found this experience highly rewarding and I was impressed by the enthusiasm of participants. The highlight of each class was teaching a series […]

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Serotonin, Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury (The Three S’s)

Immediately following a spinal cord injury (SCI) patients enter a state of areflexia and muscle weakness that is gradually replaced by the recovery of neuronal and network excitability leading to improvements in residual motor function over time as well as to the development of spasticity (i.e. involuntary muscle spasms). Spasticity can lead to impairments in […]


Falling is a risky business

Awareness of our physical ability is critically important when we decide on what actions to take. Can I reach that far?, Can I walk on that path?, Can I step that high? This is particularly important for older people whose physical function declines with age and who are at increased risk of falls (Lord et […]

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Interview with Professor Simon Gandevia on motor impairment

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’.  


Fighting fire with fire: using vibration to suppress tremor 2

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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]