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J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2017 Sep 11;14(1):91. doi: 10.1186/s12984-017-0298-y.

Biomechanics and neural control of movement, 20 years later: what have we learned and what has changed?

Author information

1
University of Florida, PO Box 116131, Gainesville, FL, 32611, USA. andrew.nordin@bme.ufl.edu.
2
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA.
3
Northwestern University, Evanston, USA.
4
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
5
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA.
6
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, USA.
7
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, USA.
8
Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System, Portland, USA.

Abstract

We summarize content from the opening thematic session of the 20th anniversary meeting for Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement (BANCOM). Scientific discoveries from the past 20 years of research are covered, highlighting the impacts of rapid technological, computational, and financial growth on motor control research. We discuss spinal-level communication mechanisms, relationships between muscle structure and function, and direct cortical movement representations that can be decoded in the control of neuroprostheses. In addition to summarizing the rich scientific ideas shared during the session, we reflect on research infrastructure and capacity that contributed to progress in the field, and outline unresolved issues and remaining open questions.

KEYWORDS:

BANCOM; Biomechanics; Cortex; Locomotion; Motor control; Spinal cord

PMID:
28893279
PMCID:
PMC5594571
DOI:
10.1186/s12984-017-0298-y
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