Neuroscience, Mobility and Balance Lab

Investigating the link between the central nervous system and human movement to optimize function and mobility

Here in the Neuroscience, Mobility and Balance Lab our research team focuses on:

  1. Understanding how the brain and other parts of the central nervous system control movements of the body.
  2. Translating this knowledge to help individuals improve their recovery after a neurological injury, such as a stroke.
  3.  Understand the utility of wearable sensors to characterize activity and health measures in aging and neurodegenerative populations. 

We interpret this information to help find ways to minimize age-related effects on movement control (such as reducing the risk of falling). We conduct research in university-based labs, in hospital-based labs and in the community using advanced measurement systems. 

Bill McIlroy


As Principal Investigator of the lab, Dr. McIlroy's research program is centered on fundamental and translational work to advance the development of new approaches to maximize safe independent mobility among older adults and those with neurologic disease/or injury.



With 2020 came an onset of chaos and uncontrollable events, many of which will stick with us for decades to come.  Among the mess of a global pandemic some people at NIMBAL will remember 2020 for different (hopefully more positive) reasons! Here are some of the notable milestones that a few of our graduate students have experienced: