NEUROMUSCULAR SYSTEMS TEAM
The neuromuscular systems lab consists of research staff and students who bring a diverse and complementary range of skills and expertise to addressing our research questions. We are mainly based in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering in University College Dublin (UCD), but some members work also in the Insight centre in Science in UCD, the School of Medicine in UCD, the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook (also in Dublin), and the Cúram centre in the National University of Ireland, Galway. The team leader is Professor Madeleine Lowery.
Congratulations to Matt Flood on obtaining a Fulbright award!
UCD Fulbright awardees 2017
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Professor & Principal Investigator
Dr. AmirAli Farokhniaee
AmirAli has a solid background in physics. He applies methods in theoretical/computational neuroscience to gain a better understanding of basic mechanisms of deep brain stimulation. His current research includes cortical network effects of DBS, analysis and simulation of the complex interactions within motor cortex in normal and Parkinsonian states and quantification of information flow within the corresponding neural networks.
Matt's research aims to develop quantitative biomarkers that can accurately detect the early onset of motor symptoms, assess the efficacy of medical interventions, and monitor patient symptoms. He uses electromyography (EMG) and accelerometry (ACC) to record muscular activity and locomotion in patients with neurodegerative diseases. Nonlinear signal processing methods are used to extract and analyse relevant features of the data, to provide an insight into the underlying mechanisms contributing to the neurodegenerative disease.
John’s research aims to develop closed-loop control algorithms for Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease. He uses dynamical systems theory to model the brain network affected by the disease, incorporating biomarkers and parkinsonian symptoms in his model. A closed-loop stimulation system is intended to alleviate disease symptoms while minimizing stimulation side effects.
Developing a mathematical model of the interaction between the CNS and muscle in Parkinson's Disease
Quantification of Oscillatory Neuromuscular Activity in Parkinson's Disease and DBS:
Ben is using experimental techniques to identify whether pathological oscillatory neuromuscular activity present in the Basal Ganglia in Parkinson's Disease can be detected non-invasively using surface EMG recording techniques
Biomedical Engineering Masters student, undertaking internship in this group - applying computer science to different aspects of the DBS Model project
Amy's work involves investigating one of the simplest nervous systems, that of the marine invertebrate ctenophores, to gain insights into the evolution of neural systems and the basic principles of neural coding.
Vitoria is currently working within the project Multi-Domain Lifestyle Targets for Improving Prognosis in Huntington’s Disease (DOMINO-HD) with focus on using accelerometry (ACC) to assess motor impairment in patients with Huntington's disease.
- Dr Eleanor Dunn (2016)
- Dr Lara McManus (2015)
- Dr Clare Davidson (2014)
- Dr Conor Minogue (2014)
- Dr Maurice Curtin (2014)
- Dr Guiyeom Kang (2014)
- Dr Peadar Grant (2010)
- Dr Emma Fortune (2009)
- Dr Emer Doheny (2008)
Research Masters students
- Paul Diamond (2019)
- Shashikala Kattla (2012)
- Sean Dunne (2010)
- Guiyeom Kang (2010)
- Andrew Hearn (2009)
- Catherine Hanley (2008)