Manuel HernandezWelcome to the Mobility and Fall Prevention Research Laboratory (MFPRL) in the Department of Kinesiology & Community Health within the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of the lab is to further our understanding of the volitional control of compensatory postural responses and contribute to the existing body of fall prevention research in older adults. We use state-of-the-art motion capture, equipment for biomechanical measures, and non-invasive brain imaging to simultaneously record movements and brain activity during functional whole body movements. Using interdisciplinary approaches, our lab examines the underlying behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying postural dysfunction in older adults with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis to identify prospective behavioral and neural biomarkers of neurological disorders and motor impairment. Given the interdisciplinary nature of our work, our lab collaborates with colleagues in Medicine, Neuroscience, Physics, Engineering, and Kinesiology across the University of Illinois campus and other national universities and institutions.

I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or an interest in our program.

Dr. Manuel Hernandez

Recent presentations from team members

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View the videos below for a brief introduction to some of our work:

Walking after stroke project: An enhanced and immersive environment that creates enjoyable experiences, promotes long-lasting motivation, and facilitates the rehabilitation process of people suffered from stroke. The project integrates HTC Vive together with a treadmill for walking.

Virtual paddleboarding: An immersive Paddleboarding game that motivates those going through physical rehabilitation by testing their balance in a fun way. The project integrates the HTC Vive together with motion capture and moving platform.