I received my PhD in Biomechanics/Neuroscience from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and my MSc in Biomechanics from the University of Guelph.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo.
The primary goal of my research is to gain a better understanding of the control of human movement. I am interested in the control of whole-body mechanics via sensory information from the environment (visual, proprioceptive, mechanoreceptive and vestibular). Additionally, I am interested in the effects of injury- or age-related damage/deformity and footwear/orthotic therapies upon the role of the foot in postural control, gait and sports. I hope to translate the outcomes of this research into interventions for reducing falls in the elderly and improving shoes/orthotics for everyday activities and sport.
We are always looking for graduate and undergraduate students interested in biomechanics/neuroscience research; please contact me for information and/or questions.
Projects that are on-going in the laboratory involve the mechanical and sensory function of the foot and footwear (including orthotics) in dynamic balance control in older adults and other activities (including running and work related situations). Perry's research is focused upon how the musculoskeletal and sensory systems are utilized in the control of human movement. As the population ages it is important to understand both the "normal," healthy young adult functions and then how the age-related deterioration of our musculoskeletal and sensory systems may have serious consequences especially when considering how important these systems are in controlling the postural reactions that prevent us from falling. This is an opportunity to work in a laboratory investigating an emerging research area (how footwear and foot disorders influence control of dynamic movements) that could have a dramatic impact on our quality of life as we grow older.
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