Brock to launch innovative ergonomics research lab

A new lab set to open at Brock University will help researchers better understand workplace injuries and what can be done to lower risk factors.Brock’s first Neuromechanics and Ergonomics Lab will officially open in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences’ Department of Kinesiology on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.Led by Michael Holmes, Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Mechanics and Ergonomics, research in the lab will study how people move and use their muscles during repetitive jobs. The aim is to find ways to better design workplace tools or change workstations to prevent injuries. In addition, robotic technology is being integrated into the research to improve current rehabilitation protocols for individuals with neurological impairments and workplace injuries.The lab, located in Thistle Complex Room 141, offers an innovative approach to studying workplace injuries by combining techniques from neurophysiology and biomechanics. The lab features state-of-the-art biomechanics, neurophysiology and ergonomics equipment, including motion capture cameras, robotics, brain stimulation and electromyography.Tuesday’s grand opening will include demonstrations of the new equipment and tours of the Department of Kinesiology’s other research labs.What: Brock University Neuromechanics and Ergonomics Lab Grand OpeningWhere: Thistle Complex, Room 141When: Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 2-3 p.m.

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