The Motor Control Lab at York University  is affiliated with the Centre for Vision Research, the VISTA program, and the School of Kinesiology and Health Science. We are also associated with York's graduate and undergraduate Neuroscience programs, the Dependable Internet of Things NSERC Create Program, and the York University Centre for Aging Research (YU-CARE).

Current Studies! (Participation on hold for some

studies until human behavioural research resumes)

Integrating cognition, sensation, and motor action for skilled performance in adults post-concussion: This project aims to improve protocols to assess whether a worker is safe to return to his or her job by assessing cognitive (e.g. reasoning and remembering), motor, and sensory changes after concussion in a population of working-aged men and women. This study is led by Dr. Meaghan Adams. Actively recruiting!

Magnetic resonance imaging in adults post-concussion with vestibular dysfunction: This study will look at the brain using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to examine if post-concussion vestibular dysfunction is associated with altered brain activity/connectivity. This study is led by Dr. Danielle Dobney. [on hold]

Behavioural and imaging neural correlates of cognitive-motor integration in preclinical Alzheimer's disease: Impacts of sex, genetic risk, and menopause status: This project seeks to gain a fundamental understanding of how age, sex, genetics, and hormonal status influence brain networks that may be especially vulnerable in those at risk for dementia. This study is led by Alica Rogojin.

Using Cognitive-motor integration performance to predict future injury vulnerability in athletes with a history of concussion. This project uses behavioural rule-based skilled performance measures and statistical analyses to test the utility of our cognitive-motor integration task in assessing risk of further injury in athletes deemed recovered from concussion. This study is led by Alanna Pierias.

Evaluating the efficacy of a multimodal intervention program for adults affected by post-concussion syndrome: This study will examine how well a multi-faceted, holistic intervention program affects concussion symptoms and lived experience in those with post-concussion syndrome. We are collaborating with the Neurochangers clinic for this research.

Functional skill assessment in older adults using advanced technology: The objective of the current study is to examine the neural basis of voluntary motor action in older adults with and without dementia. A secondary objective is to test and further develop tools and technologies used for neurological assessment. We are collaborating with Dr. Jen Ryan at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest for this research, which is led by Sijad Ghani.

Functional MRI of bimanual movement production:  Our research team is working to understand the control processes used by the brain in the planning and performance of movements performed using both hands together. This study is led by Dr. Diana Gorbet and Alicia Rogojin.

An immersive VR-robotic interface for visuomotor rehabilitation after stroke: This study will test whether use of an immersive virtual reality activity with a robotic interface can strengthen connections in the brain. This research, supported by the VISTA program, is in collaboration with Dr. Mary Bunch and IT Universe Ltd, and is led by Dr. Stefania Moro.

Recent papers:

Sergio LE, Gorbet DJ, Adams MS, Dobney DM. (2020) The Effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on Cognitive-Motor Integration for Skilled Performance. Frontiers in Neurology. 2020 Sep 16;11:1060.

Dalecki M, Usand J, Sergio LE, vanGemmert A (2020) Motor deficits in youth with concussion history: issues with task novelty or task demand? (Accepted, Int. J. Sports Med.)

Hurtubise JM, Gorbet DJ, Hynes L, Macpherson AK, Sergio LE (2020) White matter integrity and its relationship to cognitive-motor integration in females with and without post-concussion syndrome (In press, Journal of Neurotrauma,

Echlin HE, Gorbet DJ, Sergio LE (2020) Assessment of a Cognitive-Motor Training Program in Adults At-Risk for Developing Dementia (in press, Canadian Geriatrics Journal)

Rogojin A, Gorbet DJ, Sergio LE (2019) Sex, APOE, and dementia family history: Relationship between dementia risk and cognitive-motor integration performance. J. Alz. Dis. 71:685-701. doi 10.3233/jad-190403