UNO to be the home of a Center for Research in Human Movement Variability

Aug 15, 2014

UNO has received its largest research grant in school history for a new facility in the Biomechanics Research Building.

The $10.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will in part pay for a new Center for Research in Human Movement Variability. The center will continue work on four ongoing projects studying autism, peripheral artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and stroke.

Sara Myers is one of the researchers. She says researchers are studying whether specific markers can be identified earlier in autistic children, by examining their standing posture and what they're looking at compared to typically developing children. 

Myers says that research could lead to new interventions and treatments for children with autism. 

UNO will also hire additional faculty for the new Center and use the funding for pilot programs. The Center for Research in Human Movement Variability is the first such center in the U.S.