Leah R. Bent

Associate Professor College of Biological Science Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences Guelph, Ontario lbent@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 52116
(519) 824-4120 ext. 56442

Bio/Research

Sensory contributions are intimately related to successful movement. With age there is an increase in the difficulties associated with mobility. These changes alter the freedom and independence of the aging population and can largely be attributed to a decline in sensory function. The primary goa...

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Bio/Research

Sensory contributions are intimately related to successful movement. With age there is an increase in the difficulties associated with mobility. These changes alter the freedom and independence of the aging population and can largely be attributed to a decline in sensory function. The primary goals of my research program are 1) to understand where posture is controlled 2) to understand what sensory information contributes to successful movement and equilibrium.

By investigating these two key questions I believe we will have a better understanding of how sensory decline contributes to a loss of mobility as we age. Declines in sensory information are often replaced by other sensory modalities through compensation. Does this take place at the level of the spinal cord, or further upstream with changes in cortical plasticity? Are we able to develop facilitatory devices such as shoe insoles to improve cutaneous sensation, or visual aids to enhance visual cues?


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