Larry ForresterResident Scientist

    Larry is the Director of the Baltimore VA Human Motor Performance Laboratory providing core resource support for the VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, the VA Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence, and the Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, as well as other funded projects requiring functional, biomechanical and/or neurophysiological outcomes.  Formally trained in motor learning/control, biomechanics, and stroke rehabilitation, Dr. Forrester has over 18 years’ experience conducting rehabilitation research focused on therapeutic interventions to improve movement function after stroke and other neurological diseases. The broad aim of hi research has been to characterize intervention-induced changes in motor impairments, gait, balance, and reaching functions by linking underlying mechanisms of biomechanics, motor control, and motor learning to measures of central neuroplasticity through various methods, including transcranial magnetic stimulation, electro-encephalography, and MRI brain imaging. Recent work has included the development of lower extremity robotics and control systems (e.g., Anklebot) to promote motor learning and enhance therapeutic effects of exercise training on gait and balance after stroke.  Related work has investigated the potential for decoding EEG for potential brain-machine interface with the Anklebot to enhance motor learning and brain plasticity.