Clinical Ageing Research Unit

Human Movement Laboratory

Human Movement Laboratory

The human movement laboratory is dedicated to the investigation of gait, balance and mobility in older people.

The laboratory has links with the research themes of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre which aims to meet the growing needs of the older population through world-class research in ageing and long-term conditions.

Using our technologies, investigators are able to test hypotheses related to kinematics, kinetics, motor control strategies, and therapeutic interventions associated with both normal and pathological movement dysfunction.

This facility also supports the key aims of CARU to develop early assessment and intervention strategies (covering pharmacological, surgical and rehabilitation) for optimised diagnosis and early targeted treatment.

The laboratory is equipped with:

  • 14-camera BONITA motion capture system (Vicon)
  • 10-camera MX3+ 3D motion capture system (Vicon)
  • Three floor-mounted AMTI force plates which measure reaction forces in 3 dimensions
  • Two high speed video cameras capture movement in two dimensions and handheld camcorders
  • Seven meter instrumented walkway (GAITRite)
  • Eight channel wireless system for collecting muscle activity data (EMG)
  • Wireless eye-tracking system (Dikablis)
  • Microsoft Kinect sensor
  • Exercise treadmill
  • Rehabilitation stairs
  • Crash mats
  • Axivity light-weight 3D body-worn accelerometers
  • APDM wireless body-worn motion analysis system with integrated accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers.

For more information contact Dr Lisa Alcock (Gait Laboratory Manager and Research Associate) or visit the Brain and Movement Research Group website.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research:

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