Neural Control of Movement Satellite Meeting

Join us April 17th for the NCM Satellite Meeting “Computations and neural code underlying the control of posture”. The Satellite meeting will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre in advance of the annual Society for the Neural Control of Movement Meeting.

Computations and neural code underlying the control of posture

The satellite is organized by Jean-Sébastien Blouin and Mark Carpenter, University of British Columbia

Whether it is for maintaining the position of a limb, whole-body stability or the foundation to generate goal-directed movements, postural control is central to our ability to move. Postural control, however, is often studied in silos, with researchers focusing on arm movements rarely interacting with researchers characterizing the control of upright balance (and vice-versa). A primary aim of this satellite meeting is to highlight emerging postural control research related to single joint, multi-joint and whole-body movements as well as the interactions between movement and postures. We invite all researchers with expertise in distinct subfields of postural control addressing their research questions from a modeling and/or physiological perspective, with an objective to foster discussions between attendees and potentially identify commonalities or emerging questions that may lead to a unified understanding of postural control across contexts (including arm, neck and whole-body postural control). We intend to create a forum to challenge established ideas and promote a broad vision of postural control and its understanding within the general field of sensorimotor control of movement. To do so, the satellite meeting will provide a venue for diverse trainees, junior and senior scientists to present their recent work, and have opportunities to interact, share ideas and provide/receive feedback and discuss emerging models of postural control.


List of Confirmed Invited Speakers:
Dr. Alaa Ahmed
Dr. Leah Bent
Dr. Tyler Cluff
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Dr. Friedl de Groote
Dr. Patrick Forbes
Dr. Ryan Peters
Dr. Fabrice Sarlegna
Dr. Lena Ting
Dr. Albert Vette

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07:30 – 08:00


08:00 – 08:15

Welcome/Introduction from Mark Carpenter and Jean-Sébastien Blouin

08:15 – 10:00

Session 1

Risk, error, and uncertainty in the control of reaching and posture

Alaa A. Ahmed, University of Colorado Boulder

Somatosensory signals for feedforward and feedback control of arm movement and posture: a human deafferentation approach

Fabrice Sarlegna, Aix-Marseilles University


Cortical activity during reactive balance reflect perceptual, cognitive, and motor function in health, aging, and disease

Lena H. Ting, Emory University & Georgia Tech


Sensorimotor recalibration of balance control through standing with unexpected sensorimotor delays

Brandon Rasman¹, Jean-Sébastien Blouin², Patrick Forbes¹

¹Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, ²University of British Columbia


Interaction between movement control and abnormal resting posture after stroke

Alkis Hadjiosif¹, Kahori Kita², Scott Albert³, Robert Scheidt⁴, Reza Shadmehr², John Krakauer²

¹Harvard University, ²Johns Hopkins University, ³University of North Carolina, ⁴Marquette University


Adaptation, learning, retention: Using canes significantly improves balance but with no aftereffects or longer-term persistence

Sabra Sisler¹, Marta Russo², Dagmar Sternad¹

¹Northeastern University, ²Tor Vergata University

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break

10:15 – 12:00

Session 2

Predictive vestibular processing: An essential computation for postural control

Kathleen E. Cullen, Johns Hopkins University


Trunk control in posture and upper limb function: tools, fundamental insights, and clinical translation

Albert H. Vette, University of Alberta and Kei Masani, University of Toronto


Computational study on the relationship between margin-of-stability and the probability of falling during the lean-and-release test

Jonguk Lee¹, Nili Upadhyay¹, Kei Masani²

¹University of Toronto, ²University Health Network


Cortical encoding of full-body posture and movement in freely behaving mice

Kyle Severson¹, Jinghao Lu¹, Wenxi Xiao², Helen Jiang¹, Fan Wang¹

¹Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ²Duke University


Encoding of active and passive translations in the primate posterior cerebellum for postural control

Robyn Mildren¹, Kathleen Cullen¹

¹Johns Hopkins University


Task-level feedback during combined translational and rotational perturbations of standing balance is impaired in children with cerebral palsy

Jente Willaert¹, Kaat Desloovere¹, Anja Van Campenhout¹, Lena Ting², Friedl De Groote¹

¹Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, ²Emory University & Georgia Institute of Technology


The loss of the α9/10 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Subunit Impairs Postural Stability in Mutant Mice

Tobias Niebur¹, Brandie Morris Verdone², Kathleen Cullen¹

¹Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, ²Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering


Whole-body and neck postural responses linked to saccadic eye movement

Emma Reiter¹, Solenne Villemer¹, Romeo Chua¹, J. Timothy Inglis¹, Mark Carpenter¹

¹University of British Columbia

12:00 – 12:45


12:45 – 14:30

Session 3

Differential vestibular influence on the perception and control of postural self‐motion

Patrick A. Forbes, Erasmus University Medical Centre


Tapping into our skin: can we customize balance control?

Leah R. Bent, University of Guelph


Flexible control of sensory feedback in upper limb reaching movements

Tyler Cluff, University of Calgary


Real-time haptic feedback for balance

Raymond Reynolds¹, Craig Smith¹, Lorenz Assländer²

¹University of Birmingham, ²University of Konstanz


Vestibular contributions to dynamic balance in freely moving rhesus monkeys

Olivia Leavitt¹, Kathleen Cullen¹

¹Johns Hopkins University


Human Foot Force Informs Neural Control Strategies of Quiet Balance

Kaymie Shiozawa¹, Marta Russo², Jongwoo Lee¹, Neville Hogan¹, Dagmar Sternad³

¹MIT, ²Tor Vergata Polyclinc, IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation, ³Northeastern University

14:30 – 14:45

Coffee break

14:45 – 16:30

Session 4

Noisy tendon stimulation for probing human muscle spindles and stretch reflexes

Ryan M. Peters, University of Calgary


Insights in standing and walking balance control gained from stochastic optimal control simulations

Friedl De Groote1, Tom Van Wouwe2, Lena Ting3

1KU Leuven, 2 Stanford University, 3 Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology


Brownian processes in human motor tasks: behavioral evidence of velocity-level planning

Federico Tessari¹, James Hermus¹, Rika Sugimoto Dimitrova¹, Neville Hogan¹

¹Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Contralateral monosynaptic reflexes in the axial motor system of mammals

Kendall Schmidt¹, Andrey Borisyuk¹, Sebastian Atoche Jovacho¹, Simon Giszter¹

¹Drexel University


Vestibular contributions to primate head and body stability during active locomotion

Ruihan Wei¹, Oliver Stanley¹, Kathleen Cullen¹

¹Johns Hopkins University


Locally applied heating enhances cutaneous reflexes in the human foot sole

Erika Howe¹, Tushar Sharma¹, Laura Marrelli¹, Leah Bent¹

¹University of Guelph


Modeling and quantifying dynamics of emerging of postural control

Patricia Mellodge¹, Sandra Saavedra²

¹University of Hartford, ²Western University of Health Sciences


Scaling of response times under feedforward and feedback control with sensorimotor delays in terrestrial mammals

Sayed Naseel Mohamed Thangal¹, Heather More¹, C. David Remy², Max Donelan¹

¹Simon Fraser University, ²University of Stuttgart

16:30 – 17:00

Panel Discussion

17:00 – 18:30

Satellite Poster and Networking Session