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Shemmell, Jonathan

Senior Lecturer in Neuromechanics

Overview


My overarching goal in research is to understand how movement and balance can be improved through the induction of plasticity in the sensorimotor nervous system. In pursuit of this goal, I aim to (i) understand the contributions made by cortical and subcortical sensorimotor systems to movement and balance control and (ii) develop novel methods for inducing lasting and beneficial plasticity in sensory and motor elements of the central nervous system. The Neuromodulation Research Laboratory, which I currently lead, is equipped with a state-of-the-art suite of data capture systems to enable detailed study of human movement and balance control. The lab is capable of recording human motion and force generation in 3 dimensions, whole muscle and single motor unit activity, as well as being equipped for stimulation of cortical, subcortical and peripheral elements of the nervous system. Our lab works with physiotherapists, neurologists and neurosurgeons in the Wollongong region to develop clinically relevant neuromodulation solutions.

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • The role of brainstem motor pathways in balance regulation
    Developing non-invasive probes of brainstem motor systems
    The role of brainstem motor systems in adaptive upper limb movement control
    Interactions between cortical and subcortical motor systems for predictive stabilisation during movement
    Brainstem-mediated movement deficits following stroke
    Neuromechanics of locomotor stability

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Improving footwear for netball players. Kirk, Maddison
    Doctor of Philosophy Neurophysiological correlates of balance control Difford, Nathan
    Doctor of Philosophy The Effect of Postural Constraints on Joint Loading During Drop Landings Cooper, Jarred

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • The role of brainstem motor pathways in balance regulation
    Developing non-invasive probes of brainstem motor systems
    The role of brainstem motor systems in adaptive upper limb movement control
    Interactions between cortical and subcortical motor systems for predictive stabilisation during movement
    Brainstem-mediated movement deficits following stroke
    Neuromechanics of locomotor stability

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Improving footwear for netball players. Kirk, Maddison
    Doctor of Philosophy Neurophysiological correlates of balance control Difford, Nathan
    Doctor of Philosophy The Effect of Postural Constraints on Joint Loading During Drop Landings Cooper, Jarred
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