The Biomechanics Research Building houses all research conducted by the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, the Center for Biomechanics Research and associated programs. The building is 23,000 square feet and located on UNO’s Dodge Street Campus. There are seven laboratories, two of which are classified together.
The Main Motion Analysis Laboratory is the primary data collection space in the building. Equipped with 3D motion capture systems and force measuring devices, this state-of-the-art lab supports projects on mobility in patients with peripheral arterial disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, multiple sclerosis, falls in the elderly and lower limb amputation.
Within the Acoustics Laboratory researchers collect speech and cognitive data from human subjects. The lab is used for several projects investigating dual-task situations, such as walking and talking, to record and analyze interplay between motor skills and cognitive function.
The Balance and Strength Laboratory supports researchers studying balance and postural control. Work in this lab determines the level of contribution of different sensory systems to postural control by manipulating vision and surface conditions. The lab is also used to continue highly acclaimed work with traumatic brain injury, concussion and falls in the elderly.
Specialized equipment in the Virtual Reality Laboratory creates virtual reality environments to study variability in human movement. By manipulating these environments researchers examine walking patterns related to reduced stability. The lab also supports pioneering work helping patients with a stroke, amputation or Parkinson’s disease and astronauts recovering from space missions.
The Robotics Laboratories includes the Upper Extremity Robotics Lab and the Surgical Robotics Lab. The first houses robots and brain imaging devices used to evaluate and train individuals with problems controlling movements of their upper limbs due to stroke or other diseases. The second lab is used to develop and refine surgical robot simulators for evaluating and training medical students and surgeons on robotic surgery techniques.
Research in the Motor Development Laboratory focuses on the development of postural control in typically developing children and children with developmental disabilities as well as children with autism. This work is leading to the creation of tools to assess delays in movement development and develop treatments and interventions.