Labs & Research Centers
The College of Public Health strives to develop new strategies and interventions that will have direct and rapid impact on the health and welfare of local and global communities. Our research is multidisciplinary and spans both discovery and translation.
The program focuses on the nexus between health and rapidly evolving technology, aiming to bridge the gap between the two. The Neuromotor Science (NMS) Research Consortium is a state-of-the-art facility that allows students and faculty members with different backgrounds and skills to share research and discoveries with one another. State-of-the-art technology encompasses several motion capture labs, a split belt treadmill and virtual reality immersive environments.
Faculty have significant funding in concussion work as well as mobile health applications and movement studies within immersive environments. Other current research topics include aging, autism, neonatal abstinence syndrome and pediatrics. The NMS Research Consortium includes the following labs.
ADAPTATIONS TO REPETITIVE MOTION AND STRESS (ARMS) LABORATORY
The ARMS Lab focuses on the adaptation of tissues to stress and overuse specifically at the shoulder. Current ARMS research includes the integration of translational research to investigate 1) the structural and biologic mechanisms governing soft tissue adaptation caused by repetitive throwing, and the association with throwing biomechanics using novel methods, and 2) the structural, neuromuscular and biologic adaptations that occur because of chronic rotator cuff tears and repairs.
BIOMECHANICAL ASSESSMENT FOR MOVEMENT AND REHABILITATION (BAMR) LAB
The BAMR Lab develops novel assessments and interventions addressing the neuromuscular basis of balance and movement. Current BAMR Lab projects examine gait and postural dysfunction in adults and pediatrics with neurological injuries such as spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy. Additional resources are devoted to developing interventions and technologies that address the needs of these populations.
MOTOR PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT LABORATORY
This state-of-the-art laboratory operates in active partnership with premier clinical sites including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Nemours AI DuPont Children’s Hospital. Research focuses on assessment and intervention within the pediatric population, addressing the neuromuscular basis of balance and movement.
MOTION-ACTION-PERCEPTION (MAP) LABORATORY
The MAP Lab focuses on sensorimotor and perceptual influences on human movement control, which include central nervous system disease, neuromuscular processes and postural control models.
MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH OUTCOMES (MAHO) LAB
MAHO is dedicated to the advancement of person-centered health outcomes using modern measurement approaches, qualitative and psychometric expertise, and development of smart systems of wearable sensors for adaptive data collection. It provides support for psychometric and item bank development, qualitative and clinical validation, and technologies to support patient-reported outcomes in children who have difficulty with self-reporting health concepts. This lab operates in active partnership with premier clinical sites including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
NEUROMOTOR CONTROL AND PLASTICITY (NMCP) LABORATORY
The NMCP Lab works to understand the neural mechanisms of muscle coordination in the human upper extremity. Its research areas include human motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation after neurological disorders.
PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATICS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING (PHIRE) LABORATORY
PHIRE focuses on understanding people’s quality of life needs and seamlessly assist them through science and technology. The team is currently working on an adaptive feedback app to help those with spinal cord injuries maintain and improve physical activity.
SPINAL NEUROMOTOR LABORATORY
This laboratory is part of the Neuromotor Rehabilitation and Virtual Environment and Postural Orientation labs, and contains equipment necessary for contemporary motor unit and kinetic assessments of the human motor system. The team conducts highly collaborative research with the aim of developing life-changing therapies for individuals with neurological injuries through investigations of the motor system.
SPORT CONCUSSION LAB
The Sport Concussion Lab conducts clinical research, and through collaboration with scientists, translational research connecting basic science and clinical practice. The team is particularly interested in elucidating the mechanisms underlying cellular and clinical responses to mechanical stress that occur during concussive and subconcussive head impacts.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY'S RESEARCH IMMERSIVE BALANCE AND LOCOMOTION (TRIBAL)
TRIBAL investigates how sensory information from the proprioceptive, vestibular and visual sensory systems are used to maintain upright balance during locomotion, in order to develop new techniques and assistive technology for populations with compromised balance control such as concussed athletes and older adults.
VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT AND POSTURAL ORIENTATION (VEPO) LAB
The VEPO lab focuses on identifying how humans use visual cues to maintain balance and how the multimodal sensory inputs are processed and used for postural control. Current emphasis is on the control of balance in elderly adults and adults with cerebral palsy.