Dr. Dingwell wins Best Paper Award at 2013 GCMAS Conference
Dr. Jonathan Dingwell won the "Best Paper Award" at this year's Annual Meeting of the "Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society"(GCMAS) for his presentation titled "Increased Gait Variability May Not Imply Impaired Stride-To-Stride Control in Healthy Elderly". The work was co-authored by Dr. Joseph Cusumano from Penn State University. Increased variability of walking movements can predict increased fall risk in the elderly. However, the new work presented here demonstrated that even healthy elderly with relatively low fall risk also exhibit increased gait variability, but in this case their increase variability is likely not due to a degraded ability to regulate movements from step to step, but rather to increases in intrinsic biological noise. These findings were derived by applying a novel computational approach to studying human movement variability developed by Dr. Cusumano and Dr. Dingwell, which they published in PLoS Computational Biology. The GCMAS Best Paper Award comes with a certificate, a monetary prize, and an invitation to submit a full-length paper for special publication in the journal Gait & Posture.