Program 4

In Vivo Assessment of Upper Limb Movements, Physiology and Rehabilitation

This program will create a functional movement database that encompasses objective multilevel measures of joint and segmental motion (kinematics and kinetics) and muscular activation. This will provide an essential multidimensional reference for design of implants, the evolution of new surgical procedures, the shaping of post-surgical rehabilitation, and evaluation of treatment success. This program will improve the understanding around biomechanical and physiological basis of upper limb movement to allow for biomechanically consistent and individualised rehabilitation exercises.

Program 4 Lead

Prof Graham Kerr

Exercise and Nutrition Sciences QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

Program Participants


Dr Wolbert Van Den Hoorn

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Wolly is Research Fellow at the ARC Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics, Queensland Unit for Advanced Shoulder Research, and part of the Movement Neuroscience and Injury Prevention groups within the School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology. His research aims to optimise shoulder rehabilitation after surgical interventions by analysing complex data sets that probe underpinnings of biomechanical and neuromotor changes in musculoskeletal disorders with shoulder issues.


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PHD Student

Amy Ma

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“Transcranial magnetic stimulation and neuromuscular control of the shoulder.”


Amy is a PhD student in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Health & Behavioural Science at the University of Queensland and has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Canberra. Her current research is focused on using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Electromyography (EMG) data, to explore the central mechanisms of neuromuscular control in patients with healthy and/or pathological shoulders.

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Giacomo Nardese

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“Neurophysiological adaptations to shoulder injuries: cortical function of shoulder muscles and motor control implications”


Giacomo graduated with a Master of Science in Sciences and Techniques of Preventive and Adapted Physical Activities at University of Bologna (ITA) and with a Mater of Research in Spinal Pain at University of Birmingham (UK). 

His last project focused on understanding whether experimental pain associated to movement might elicit different kinematic and muscular adaptations in healthy participants when compared to a constant experimental pain.

His current project will focus on mapping shoulder’s muscles in people with and without shoulder pathologies using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and whether differences in those heatmaps might be related to shoulder’s motor control. 

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Arthur Fabre

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Arthur is a PhD student within the School of Nutrition and Exercising Science in the Faculty of Health at QUT.

He obtained his Master of Engineering and Human Movement Sciences from the University of Paris-Saclay. His current research focuses on the development and validation of an Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) system to assess the kinematics of the shoulder and upper limb. This technology aims to better evaluate and understand upper limb movement deficiencies and explore the efficiency of approaches to reduce these impairments.

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