Biomedical engineer aims to mitigate older adults' risk of falls
Biomedical engineering PhD student Carrie Francis has received a three-year predoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to support her research into the efficacy of non-invasive neuromodulation stimulation via the cranial nerves to enhance gait and postural balance in older adults. Francis' research specifically aims to mitigate older adults' risk of falls. Francis' mentors are Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Professor Darryl Thelen and Medicine Associate Professor Neil C. Binkley. The neuromodulation technique Francis is studying was developed at UW-Madison by Mitchell Tyler, Yuri Danilov and Kurt Kaczmarek—all research scientists in biomedical engineering. Other project members include mechanical engineering postdoctoral fellow Jason Franz, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering Professor Bryan Heiderscheit and Medicine Assistant Professor Bjoern Buehring.