The nervous system is critical for integrating sensory information with motor commands to control our movements in everyday life and to allow us to learn new movements. Brain injury or disease can impair an individual’s ability to perform movements and make it more difficult to learn new movements. In particular, damage to the cerebellum can cause a condition called ataxia which is characterized by poor coordination of movements.
In this video, Amanda Therrien, PhD, Director of the Sensorimotor Learning Laboratory shares more about her research. Her work is dedicated to understanding the mechanisms that underlie movement problems in cerebellar ataxia in order to improve and develop new rehabilitation interventions for this population.