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Translational Research Network in Motor Disorder Rehabilitation: Advancing understanding of variability in motor control and learning, to enhance clinical practice

Project description

Transforming motor disorder rehabilitation

In the realm of motor control and learning, recent strides have deepened our understanding of neuro-behavioural variability crucial to sensorimotor control. However, this progress has yet to permeate clinical therapies for disorders such as Stroke, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. With the support of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the TReND project will revolutionise motor disorder rehabilitation by creating an interdisciplinary network. This interdisciplinary collaboration, involving researchers, clinical practitioners and industry partners seeks to systematically translate cutting-edge theoretical insights into practical clinical approaches, offering hope for more effective diagnosis and treatment. Overall, TReND focuses on three key objectives: investigating disorder impacts on sensorimotor systems, developing innovative therapy concepts, and translating fundamental research into practical clinical approaches.


The theoretical understanding of human motor control and learning has a strong impact on the diagnosis and treatment of motor disorders, and vice versa. Recent progress has been made in the understanding of motor control and learning, particularly with respect to understanding the functional role of neuro-behavioural variability that is inherent to sensorimotor control. However, this progress has not yet been transferred appropriately into clinical therapy approaches. The goal of TReND is thus, to create a translational research network in motor disorder rehabilitation. The network will be highly interdisciplinary with doctoral and senior researchers from fundamental research areas (movement science, neuroscience, computer science), clinical practitioners (physical and occupational therapy, rehabilitation science, etc.) and partners from related industries. The overall aim is, to systematically translate recent theoretical and methodological advances in motor control and learning research into clinical practice to enhance clinical diagnosis and motor rehabilitation. More specific, we will investigate the functional role of variability in the sensorimotor coordination dynamics on behavioural and neurophysiological level in motor and mental disorders such as Stroke, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. This will be addressed in three research objectives: 1. To investigate how different disorders affect the sensorimotor systems’ capability to exploit functional variability for stable and adaptive motor control; 2. To investigate how novel therapy concepts can enhance the capacity to exploit functional variability and treat motor disorders across different patient populations; and 3. To develop novel approaches to translate the knowledge gain from our fundamental research into clinical practice.


Net EU contribution
€ 521 078,40

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Münster Münster, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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