Assistant Professor

Brian Horslen.

Contact

Office: BMH 3121

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 40457

Email: brian.horslen@uwaterloo.ca

Research interests

My research is focused on enhancing our understanding of neuromechanical control of human movement. In my lab, we combine neurophysiological and biomechanical techniques to investigate how sensorimotor processes contribute to balance, posture and movement control. In particular, we focus on how biomechanical, environmental and contextual factors affect sensorimotor function, such as sensory input gathering, processing and integration, and motor outputs.

By better understanding sensorimotor function, we expect to shed new light on how people control voluntary and automatic behaviour. This work will have a broad impact on fall prevention and intervention, and restoration and enhancement of sensorimotor function in health and disease.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

  • Research volunteer
  • Undergraduate thesis
  • MSc thesis
  • Coursework interns
  • PhD thesis
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship

Please email me to discuss current available opportunities.

Graduate studies application details

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies

  • Sensory encoding and function
  • Reflex stimulation techniques (proprioceptive, vestibular and cutaneous)
  • Balance control, falls and posturography
  • Muscle biomechanics
  • Psychological and autonomic influences (fear, anxiety and arousal) on sensorimotor function and movement

Courses

KIN 470: Human neuromechanics

Education

BSc Kinesiology, University of Waterloo

MSc Human Kinetics, University of British Columbia

PhD Kinesiology, University of British Columbia

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Emory University & The Georgia Institute of Technology

Selected publications

See PubMed and Google Scholar for full list of publications.

Blum KP, Campbell KS, Horslen BC, Nardelli P, Housley SN, Cope TC, Ting LH (2019) Diverse muscle spindle firing properties emerge from multiscale muscle mechanics. BioRxiv. 858209; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/858209

De Groote F, Blum KP, Horslen BC, Ting LH. (2018) Interaction between muscle tone, short-range stiffness and increased sensory feedback gains explains key kinematic features of the pendulum test in spastic cerebral palsy: A simulation study. PLoS One. 13(10):e0205763. PMID: 30335860

Horslen BC, Zaback M, Inglis JT, Blouin JS, Carpenter MG (2018) Increased human stretch reflex dynamic sensitivity with height-induced postural threat. J Physiol. 596(21):5251-5265. PMID: 30176053

Horslen BC, Inglis JT, Blouin JS, Carpenter MG (2017) Both standing and postural threat decrease Achilles' tendon reflex inhibition from tendon electrical stimulation. J Physiol. 595(13):4493-4506. PMID: 28326567

Horslen BC, Dakin CJ, Inglis JT, Blouin JS, Carpenter MG (2014) Modulation of human vestibular reflexes with increased postural threat. J Physiol. 592(16):3671-85. PMID: 24973412

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo