Dr. E Paul Zehr, Professor & Head of Laboratory
My research focus is how the human nervous system controls movement. I am really interested in better understanding how the spinal cord works to produce co-ordinated arm and leg movements during walking. I am also very interested in understanding ways to target changes in the function of the nervous system (neural plasticity) that can improve the rehabilitation of walking after neurotrauma (and particularly after stroke).
The methodologies applied in my research projects cross many boundaries and make use of the techniques of neurophysiology, biomechanics, motor behaviour, and exercise physiology.There are three major themes that emerge from my research: 1) the neural control of rhythmic human movement; 2) coordination of the arms and legs during locomotion; and 3) neuromuscular plasticity and motor recovery after stroke. You can read more about my research here and on my homepage.