Quantitative Modelling of Spontaneous Movements in Infants
The development of spontaneous movements in young infants (0-16 weeks) has been used as a predictor of complex neurological disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and developmental coordination disorder through the qualitative evaluation of complexity, variation, and fluidity of movement. However, few quantitative studies exist on movement in full-term infants, and none with respect to premature infants who are at higher risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. We are using motion tracking to measure early motor function in young infants with the aim of developing a quantitative diagnostic tool that can be used to predict a variety of neurological disorders.
Quantitative Modelling of Surgical Skill Acquisition
Assessment of surgical competency relies heavily on subjective rather than objective measurement tools; quantifying motor learning in this environment will provide a means of assessing surgical skill acquisition in residents. In collaboration with the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, we will be using motion tracking to mathematically derive a quantitative model of surgical skill acquisition using common movement parameters such as complexity, variation, and fluidity of movement.