Welcome to the Limb Motor Control Website

The primary goal of the research we do in my lab is to understand the nature of the somatosensory and motor signals within the brain that control our arm movements. We study the "language" of these control signals and the networks of neurons that produce them. Along with this basic research, we are working to develop neural interfaces that directly connect the brain of a spinal cord injured patient with the outside world. These interfaces will ultimately allow patients to operate a computer or a prosthetic device. They may also bypass the injured spinal cord in order to reactivate paralyzed muscles, or to restore the sense of touch and limb movement.

This site offers a brief historical perspective on motor systems research, describes the current research being done in my lab, and introduces you to the entire lab staff. Feel free to contact any of us for more information, or to learn how likely it is that a brain-controlled robot will be juggling eleven balls any time soon…

World class juggler Bruce Tiemann demonstrating an 11 ball flash:

Juggling 11 balls

(Click here to watch video)