Feb. 7: Sunil Agrawal and Dario Martelli present "Perturbation-based Training can improve Dynamic Stability and Cognitive Function in the Elderly"


The Columbia Aging Center invites you to join us on Tuesday, February 7th at 12:30 pm for this Brown Bag talk by Columbia Aging Center Faculty Research Fellow Sunil K. Agrawal and his colleague Dario Martelli.  Dr. Agrawal runs Columbia’s Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory.  The talk takes place in ARB Room 440, 722 West 168th Street.

Your RSVP is requested: cmh2197@columbia.edu.

Disorders in balance, gait, and cognitive functions are significant risk factors for falls in late life. A growing body of literature suggests that a Perturbation-based Balance Training (PBT) could be effective in improving gait stability. We present results from a single training session when repeated waist-pull perturbations were given to healthy older adults while walking on a treadmill using a Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (TPAD). The results show that the experiment group improved not only compensatory reactions and gait stability but also cognitive functions, when compared to a control group that walked on the treadmill without external perturbations.