Effectiveness of stroke rehabilitation is important; there are about 62,000 strokes in Canada every year and more than 400,000 people living with long-term disability from stroke. Stroke survivors say that regaining walking ability is a top priority; but, reduced balance often limits community levels of mobility. Today’s stroke rehabilitation treatment decisions are guided by observed limitations to balance and walking, and not by brain measures. Differences in how much balance recovery someone achieves likely stems from the brain’s ability to recover after stroke.
My research interests are in discovering brain circuits that underlie sensorimotor integration and motor functions. I'm also involved in cultivating artificial intelligence and computer vision to automate exploratory mining of our rich neural and video datasets. My current focus is to discover what spatiotemporal patterns in the brain activity would be associated with a specific type of voluntary or involuntary motor acts.