These are the very latest publications from the Neuromuscular Systems Lab. See below for more...

Coffey et al., (2021) Altered supraspinal motor networks in survivors of poliomyelitis: A cortico-muscular coherence study. Clinical Neurophysiology, 132 (1), 106-113.


McManus L., De Vito G. and Lowery M.M. (2021) Analysis and biophysics of surface EMG for physiotherapists and kinesiologists: towards a common language with rehabilitation engineers. Front. Neurol. – Neurorehabilitation, In Press.


Evers J., and Lowery M.M. (2021) The active electrode in the living brain: The response of the brain parenchyma to chronically implanted deep brain stimulation electrode. Operative Neurosurgery, In Press.


Flood M., O’Callaghan B., Diamond P., Hughes G., Lowery M.M. (2020) Quantitative Clinical Assessment of Motor Function During and Following LSVT-BIG® Therapy. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 17(1), 92.


Krieger, K.J, Liegey, J, Cahill, EM, Bertollo N., Lowery M.M., O’Cearbhaill E.D. (2020) Development and Evaluation of 3D Printed Dry Microneedle Surface Electromyography. Advanced Materials Technologies, 5(10), 2000518.


Electrodes Besomi M, Hodges PW, Clancy EA, Van Dieën J, Hug F, Lowery M, Merletti R, Søgaard K, Wrigley T, Besierj T, Carson RG, Disselhorst-Klug C, Enoka RM, Falla D, Farina D, Gandevia S, Holobar A, Kiernant M, McGill K, Perreault E, Rothwell JC, Tucker K. (2020) Consensus for experimental design in electromyography (CEDE) project: Amplitude normalization matrix. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 53,102438.


Fleming J., Orłowski J., Lowery M.M. and Chaillet A. (2020) Self-tuning DBS controller for suppression of beta oscillations: analytical derivation and numerical validation. Frontiers in Neurology, 14, 639.


Fleming J, Dunn E and Lowery M.M. (2020) Simulation of closed-loop deep brain stimulation control schemes for suppression of pathological beta oscillations in Parkinson's disease. Frontiers in Neurology, 14,166.


Doheny E.P., Goulding C., Flood M.W., McManus L., Lowery M.M. (2020) Feature-based evaluation of a wearable surface EMG sensor against laboratory standard EMG during force-varying and fatiguing contractions. IEEE Sensors, 20 (5) .


Flood, M.W., O’Callaghan B.F.P., and Lowery M.M. (2020) Gait Event Detection from Accelerometry using the Teager-Kaiser Energy Operator. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 67(3), 658-666.

McManus L, Flood M, Lowery MM (2019) Beta-band motor unit coherence and non-linear surface EMG features of the first dorsal interosseous muscle vary with force. Journal of Neurophysiology, 122, 1147-1162.

Pereira Botelho D, Curran K, Lowery MM (2019) Anatomically accurate model of EMG during index finger flexion and abduction derived from diffusion tensor imagingPLoS Comput Biol, 15(8), e1007267.

Flood MW, Jensen BR, Malling AS, Lowery MM (2019) Increased EMG intermuscular coherence and reduced signal complexity in Parkinson's diseaseClin Neurophysiol, 130(2), 259-269.

Kriger KJ, Bertollo N, Dangol M, Sheridan JT, Lowery MM, O'Cearbhaill ED (2019) Simple and customizable method for fabrication of high-aspect ratio microneedle molds using low-cost 3D printing. Microsyst Nanoeng, 5:42.

Flood MW, O'Callaghan BPF, Lowery MM (2019) Gait event detection from accelerometry using the Teager-Kaiser energy operatorIEEE Trans Biomed Eng, accepted manuscript.

Other Articles

Fleming, J (2018) Parkinson's disease: the future. Spectrum 21-23

Senneff, S, Lowery, M (2018) Engineering approaches for deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease. Update Magazine 40-41


Sproll, T, Schiela, A, Lowery, M (2018) Numerical identification of motor units using an optimal control approach. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 51(2): 174-179

McManus L, Hu X, Rymer WZ, Suresh NL, Lowery MM (2017) Motor unit activity during fatiguing isometric muscle contraction in hemispheric stroke survivors. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11:569

Wu R, Delahunt E, Ditroilo M, Lowery MM, De Vito G (2017) Effect of knee joint angle and contraction intensity on hamstrings coactivation. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 49(8):1668-1676

Schmidt C, Dunn E, Lowery MM, van Rienen U (2017) Uncertainty quantification of oscillation suppression during DBS in a coupled finite element and network model. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 13(9): 1-11


McManus L, Hu X, Rymer WZ, Suresh NL, Lowery MM (2016) Muscle fatigue increases beta-band coherence between the firing  times of simultaneously active motor units in the first dorsal interosseous muscle. J Neurophysiology 115:2830-9

WU R, Delahunt E, Ditroilo M, Lowery MM, De Vito G (2016) Effects of age and sex on neuromuscular-mechanical determinants of muscle strengthAge (Dordr) 38:57

Davidson C, De Paor AM, Cagnan H, Lowery MM (2016) Analysis of oscillatory neural activity in series network models of Parkinson's disease During Deep Brain Stimulation. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 63:86-96


Minogue CM, Caulfield BM, Lowery MM (2015) An energetic model of low frequency isometric neuromuscular electrical stimulation. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 43:1865-1876

McManus L, Hu X, Rymer WZ, Lowery MM, Suresh NL (2015) Changes in motor unit behavior following isometric fatigue of the first dorsal interosseous muscle. J Neurophysiology 113:3186-3196


Budini F, McManus LM, Berchicci M, Menotti F, Macaluso A, Di Russo F, Lowery MM, De Vito G (2014) Alpha band cortico-muscular coherence occurs in healthy individuals during mechanically-induced tremor. PLoS ONE 9 (12)


Curtin M and Lowery MM (2014) Musculoskeletal modelling of muscle activation and applied external forces for the correction of scoliosis. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation 11:52


Budini F, Lowery MM, Durbaba R and De Vito G (2014) Effect of mental fatigue on induced tremor in human knee extensors. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 24:412-418


Mair JL, Boreham CA, Ditroilo M, McKeown D, Lowery M, Caulfield B, De Vito G (2014) Benefits of a worksite or home-based bench stepping intervention for sedentary middle-aged adults : A pilot study. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging 31 (1)

Minogue CM, Caulfield BM, Lowery MM (2014) Whole body oxygen uptake and evoked torque during subtetanic isometric electrical stimulation of the quadriceps muscles in a single 30-minute session. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 95:1750-1758


Kang G and Lowery MM (2014) Effects of antidromic and orthodromic activation of STN afferent axons during DBS in Parkinson's disease: a simulation study. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 19:32


Davidson CM, de Paor AM, Lowery MM (2014) Application of describing function analysis to a model of deep brain stimulation. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 61 (3)

Budini F, Lowery MM, Hutchinson M, Bradley D, Conroy L, De Vito G (2013) Dexterity training improves manual precision in patients affected by essential tremor. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 95:705-10

Doheny EP, McGrath D, Ditroilo M, Mair JL, Greene BR, Caulfield B, De Vito G, Lowery MM (2013) Effects of a low-volume, vigorous intensity step exercise program on functional mobility in middle-aged adults. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 41 (8)


Grant PF, Lowery MM (2013) Simulation of cortico-basal ganglia oscillations and their suppression by closed loop deep brain stimulation. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 21:584-594


Kang G, Lowery MM (2013) Interaction of oscillations, and their suppression via deep brain stimulation, in a model of the cortico-basal ganglia network. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 21:244-253


Schmidt C, Grant P, Lowery M, van Rienen U (2013) Influence of uncertainties in the material properties of brain tissue on the probabilistic volume of tissue activated. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 60:1378-1387


Minogue CM, Caulfield BM, Lowery MM (2013) Whole body oxygen uptake and evoked knee torque in response to low frequency electrical stimulation of the quadriceps muscles. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation 10 (63)


Grant PF, Lowery MM (2010) Effect of dispersive conductivity and permittivity in volume conductor models of deep brain stimulation. IEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 57:2386-2393


Grant PF, Lowery MM (2009) Electric field distribution in a finite-volume head model of deep brain stimulation. Medical Engineering & Physics 31:1095–1103 



Book Chapters

Lowery MM (2017) Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease: Volume Conductor, Network and Mean-Field Models. In : A. Moustafa (eds.): Computational Models of Brain and Behavior: Wiley

Kelly, A., Ballerini, L., Lowery, M., and Biggs, M. (2017) 7.32 Engineering the Neural Interface. In: Ducheyne, P., Grainger, D.W., Healy, K.E., Hutmacher, D.W., and Kirkpatrick, C.J. (eds.), Comprehensive Biomaterials II, vol. 7, pp. 642–660. Oxford: Elsevier

Lowery MM (2016) EMG Modeling and Simulation In: Merletti R; Farina D (eds). Surface Electromyography: Physiology, Engineering and Applications. US: Wiley-IEEE Press

Lowery MM (2009) Electromyography. In: Marc D. Binder/Nobutaka Hirokawa/Uwe Windhorst/Martin C. Hirsch (eds.): Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, Berlin: Springer Verlag