University Research Chair
Bill McIlroy.Contact information

Office: BMH 3034

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 48109


Websites: Neuroscience, Mobility and Balance LabSunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto Rehab

​Research interests

As director of the Neuroscience, Mobility and Balance Lab (NiMBaL), my research focuses on: 1) advancing understanding of how the brain and other parts of the central nervous system control movements of the body, and 2) translating knowledge to help individuals  improve their recovery after a neurological injury (such as a stroke) and to minimize age-related effects on the control of mobility.  We also work to develop new assessment tools using wearable sensor technologies. Our research is conducted in university-based labs, in clinic-based labs and in the community.  

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

  • Research volunteer
  • Undergraduate thesis
  • MSc and PhD thesis
  • Co-op placements and internships
  • Postdoctoral fellowship

Please email me to discuss current available opportunities.

Graduate studies application details 

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies

Content expertise

Neuroscience, balance and gait, exercise, neurologic disorders, aging

Experimental tools/technologies

Electroencephalography, electromyography, transcranial magnetic stimulation, magnetic resonance imaging, peripheral nerve stimulation, galvanic skin measurement, eye-tracker, motion analysis, kinetic measurement, wearable sensor technology.


KIN104: Introduction to Kinesiology

KIN416: Neuromuscular integration

Advanced movement assessment


BSc Human Kinetics, University of Guelph

MSc, University of Guelph

PhD, University of Guelph

​Selected publications

See Google Scholar for full list of publications. 

See PubMed for publications.

Sample papers from 2014 to 2016

Control of Balance and Mobility

Miyasike-daSilva V, McIlroy WE. Gaze shifts during dual-tasking stair descent. Exp Brain Res. 2016 Jul 11.

Varghese JP, Beyer KB, Williams L, Miyasike-daSilva V, McIlroy WE. Standing still: is there a role for the cortex? Neurosci Lett. 2015 Mar 17;590:18-23.

Aging and Mobility

Howcroft J, Kofman J, Lemaire ED, McIlroy WE. Analysis of dual-task elderly gait in fallers and non-fallers using wearable sensors. J Biomech. 2016 May 3;49(7):992-1001.

Singer JC, Prentice SD, McIlroy WE. Age-related challenges in reactive control of mediolateral stability during compensatory stepping: A focus on the dynamics of restabilisation. J Biomech. 2016 Mar 21;49(5):749-55.

Stroke and Mobility

Inness EL, Mansfield A, Biasin L, Brunton K, Bayley M, McIlroy WE. Clinical implementation of a reactive balance control assessment in a sub-acute stroke patient population using a 'lean-and-release' methodology. Gait Posture. 2015 Feb;41(2):529-34.

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