Facilities

The Motor Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Research Laboratory has dedicated space for data collection, computing and data processing on the second floor in the Tower at STAR Health Sciences Complex (#235). The laboratory is conveniently located, less than 1.5 miles from the University of Delaware’s Center for Biomedical & Brain Imaging (CBBI). CBBI is the home for neuroimaging research at UD and houses a state-of-the-art Siemens 3T Magnetom Prisma whole-body MRI scanner with 64 channel head coil. Our research projects in healthy individuals and patients with movement disorders use the 3T MRI at CBBI.

The lab is equipped with:

  • Two Si155 Bragg Grating Fiber Optic systems for force data acquisition in and outside the MRI
  • MRI-compatible lower limb configuration made of aluminum and brass for measuring ankle dorsiflexion
  • MRI-compatible force sensors (150 N and 700 N sensors)
  • APDM wearable technology with 6 Opal sensors for gait and balance analysis
  • Kinesia wireless motion sensor for assessing motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET)
  • -80C ultra low temperature freezer and centrifuge for pre-processing and storage of human blood samples
  • High-performance Linux Dell Precision tower workstations configured for computationally demanding brain imaging analyses
  • Hand and grip force dynamometers, dexterity tests, clinical scales for motor and cognitive testing