Pushing CatWalk XT gait analysis to the limits: spatial statistics and cluster analysis
Dr. Nathan Neckel takes data generated from the system and creates models that use spatial statistics and cluster analysis to find differences between groups, instead of frequentists statistics to find differences between means of certain measures. Specific examples will include base of support following spinal cord injury in rats, and coordination in elderly hyponatremic rats.
Speaker: Dr. Nathan Neckel
Dr. Nathan Neckel investigates the use of robotic devices to apply novel rehabilitative training in efforts to restore locomotion following neurological injury. Both rodent models from the “bench” as well as clinical studies at the “bedside” are incorporated.
Dr. Neckel obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Catholic University of America in 2008. There his work focused on the forces that stroke patients generated while in the Lokomat robotic gait trainer. As a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Barbara Bregman’s laboratory in the Neuroscience department at Georgetown University, his research focused on rodent models of spinal cord injury and optimizing robotic gait training patterns to enhance the recovery of overground locomotion. Now as an independent researcher, Dr. Neckel has concentrated on improving techniques to measure the quadrupedal locomotion of rodents.