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Erin Vasudevan, PhD
Office: 535 Life Sciences Bldg
Dr. Erin Vasudevan is a neuroscientist who studies how the brain and spinal cord control walking. Walking is often taken for granted by people without motor disabilities. However, efficient and safe walking around the real world is quite complex. It requires one to navigate obstacles (e.g., stepping on a curb), pay attention to approaching objects (e.g., cars), adjust to changes in the terrain (e.g., a slippery floor), and adjust to changes in one's own body (e.g., after injury). My research goal is to study how people without neurological damage successfully navigate real-world environments and how they adjust to changes in these environments. I also study how neurological damage such as stroke or brain injury affects the ability to walk and I develop gait retraining techniques and devices to improve rehabilitation outcomes.
BSc (Hon), Physiology, University of Alberta, Canada
PhD, Neuroscience, University of Alberta, Canada
Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Funded Grant Activity
1. Hamzey RJ, Kirk EM, Vasudevan EV. Gait speed influences aftereffect size following locomotor adaptation, but only in certain environments. Exp Brain Res. 2016 Jan 20;PubMed PMID: 26790424.
2. Vasudevan EV, Patrick SK, Yang JF. Gait Transitions in Human Infants: Coping with Extremes of Treadmill Speed. PLoS One. 2016;11(2):e0148124. PubMed PMID: 26828941.
3. Vasudevan EV, Glass RN, Packel AT. Effects of traumatic brain injury on locomotor adaptation. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2014 Jul;38(3):172-82. PubMed PMID: 24892766.
4. Vasudevan EV, Kirk EM. Improving interlimb coordination following stroke: how can we change how people walk (and why should we)?. In W. Jenson, O. Andersen, M. Akay (Eds.) Replace, Repair, Restore, Relieve – Bridging Clinical and Engineering Solutions in Neurorehabilitation. 2014. Springer International Press. Pg 195-202.