The gait laboratory located at the Kingston Centre is the centre-piece of our activities. The laboratory is equipped with an eight camera three dimensional motion analysis system, two floor mounted force plates, a two camera split screen remote controlled video system, a stride analyzer walkway, electroencephalogram equipment and a 10-channel electromyography system.
Our focus is the investigation of movement disorders particularly, but not exclusively, associated with age and neurological conditions to:
- Improve our understanding of brain function and motor control during walking and balance activities
- Test the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for people with movement disorders
The Centre is part of a large collaboration of Melbourne research institutions, the Clinical Centre for Research Excellence in Clinical Gait Analysis and Gait Rehabilitation (Gait CCRE), which was established in 2005 and is funded largely by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Centre was recognised as an International Centre of Excellence by the US based National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) in 2005. This status is reviewed annually and is current through to 2010. A number of other key collaborations and successful grant submissions have contributed to the continued development of the Centre.
Professor Robert Iansek leads the Centre which is staffed by an administration manager, administration assistant, a biomechanist, biomedical engineer, research physiotherapists, and research assistants. In addition to the dedicated research staff allocation, the centre also accommodates project staff, post-graduate doctorates, and Monash Health researchers with access to the resources of Monash and Melbourne Universities.
The Centre has generated findings that have been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences.