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University of Southern California, Locomotor Control Lab

  • 8 people are interested

We are currently recruiting healthy individuals and stroke survivors ages 55-85 to participate in a study to understand how we control balance and walking. The study will take place at the University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Participation involves having small sticky markers placed on your arms and legs so a computer can detect your movements as you stand, walk on the floor, and walk on a treadmill. We will also quickly test your senses and reflexes with a brief neurological exam.

There are no medical benefits or significant risks to you for joining this study. There are a few different study protocols, each involving a single visit for 2-3 hours, and you may be eligible to participate in more than one protocol. Let us know if you have a time preference and we will work to arrange an appointment that works with your schedule. You will be compensated for participation in this study.

James M. Finley, PhD, Principal Investigator

IRB Study #: HS-18-00533

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About University of Southern California, Locomotor Control Lab


1540 Alcazar St., Los Angeles, CA 90033, US

Mission Statement

In the USC Locomotor Control Lab, we seek to understand how walking is controlled and adapted in both the healthy and injured neuromuscular system.


Locomotor Control Lab has developed models and experiments based on principles of neuroscience, biomechanics, engineering, and exercise physiology to identify the factors that guide locomotor learning and rehabilitation. Ultimately, the goal of our work is to design novel and effective interventions to improve walking ability in individuals with damage to the nervous system.

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We'll work with your schedule.


1540 Alcazar St.Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA 90033




  • People 55+


  • 3-4 hours for two visits
  • Cannot have the following conditions: * History of neurological disorders or head trauma * Orthopedic or pain conditions that limit walking ability * Asthma that interferes with physical activity * Uncontrolled hypertension

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