Research and teaching
Movement Science and Musculoskeletal Health:
- Neuroscience - Motor Control
Integrative Sensorimotor Neuroscience Laboratory
Dr. Ryan Peters’ laboratory investigates the neural basis of human movement using a variety of physiological, behavioural and computational techniques in concert. There are basic and applied science streams of research currently ongoing in the lab. Within the basic science stream, he studies complex interactions between sensory and motor neurons during voluntary movement. Dr. Peters specializes in microneurography: the only method for directly recording the activity of human somatosensory neurons (muscle spindles, Golgi tendon organs, skin and joint receptors). Currently, their focus is on the functional properties of the muscle spindle’s fusimotor system, which remains poorly understood, particularly in humans. In the applied research stream, the focus is on developing new vibration-emitting wearable technologies for remote neurological diagnostics and monitoring. Both healthy older adults and individuals suffering from neurological disorders (e.g., diabetic and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy) experience a decline in somatosensory function that is associated with impairments in manual dexterity and balance. Vibration-emitting wearable technologies offer a promising new alternative to standard clinical tests of neuropathy, which are both arduous for clinicians and not well controlled. Dr. Peters is the Chief Science Officer and co-founder for a new wearable device company, Vibratus Inc., that will bring these technologies to market for the first time.