Prof. Graham Kerr from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science at the Queensland University of Technology, visited the ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies on 8 Mar 2023to deliver a lecture and tour the facilities at the University of Melbourne
Title of Lecture: “ Thinking on your feet: Neuroscience insights to dynamic postural stability and falls”
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Graham Kerr is Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science at the Queensland University of Technology.
Prof Graham Kerr obtained his BSc in Computer Science and Psychology (1981) and his Masters (1984) at the University of Otago, NZ, and his PhD (distinction, 1990) in Visuomotor Control at The University of Western Australia. He was an MRC (UK) postdoctoral fellow in visuomotor control at Oxford University (1990-1992) and then a Research Fellow in proprioception at the RS Dow Neurological Sciences Institute in Portland, Oregon (1992-1994).
Prof Kerr currently leads the Movement Neuroscience Research Program at QUT. He is a program leader and Executive Management Committee member for the ARC-ITTC in Joint Biomechanics as well as co-leader for the DSTG Wearable Predictive Diagnostics and HISS extension programs. His research experience has ranged from fitness assessment and team selection of Olympic athletes to leading edge brain stimulation techniques for treatment of neurodegenerative disease. It has included research on improving posture, balance and gait in: children with joint hypermobility, athletes with leg injuries, people with venous leg ulcers, older people at risk of falling, people with tremor, people with Parkinson’s disease and older people at risk of dementia. His research program has included developing exercise interventions and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease. This has included consideration of cognitive function, orthostatic tolerance, neuromuscular coherence, gait and mobility as well as examination of cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory function. More recently he has applied his expertise to Defence related research including wearable technologies, diagnostics, performance biomarkers and human-machine-AI interactions. Prof Kerr has been a chief investigator on international, national and state competitive research grants worth over $20,000,000. He has an h index of 43 and had been continuously funded by Australian National Category 1 competitive grants since 1995.