Dr. Moerchen and DPT students in the Pediatric Neuromotor Laboratory.

Associate Professor and Pediatric Neuromotor Laboratory Director, Victoria Moerchen, and physical therapy students, study the enhanced sensory input and step output in infants.

3409 N. Downer Ave.
Pavilion, Room 356B
Milwaukee, WI 53211

(414) 229-2449

The Pediatric Neuromotor Laboratory is engaged in translational research, blending developmental inquiry with clinical application. Our emphasis is on skill acquisition and early motor control in infants and toddlers. Populations studied include: Spina Bifida, Prader Willi syndrome, and typical development. Undergraduate and graduate students contribute to the laboratory team.

Current projects

  • Enhanced Sensory Input and Step Output in Infants with Spina Bifida.
  • Visual flow and Stepping in Infants with Typical Development.
  • Pelvic Muscle Activation in Stepping and Kicking in Infants with Typical Development.
  • Growth Hormone Supplementation and Motor Development in Infants with Prader Willi syndrome.

Primary Research Equipment

  • Six camera Motion Analysis Eagle Motion Capture System
  • 16-channel Noraxon Myosystem 1400A EMG
  • Two infant treadmills
  • Digital video cameras
  • Swiss Anthropometer
  • Infant recumbent scales

Primary Research Software

  • MatLab
  • Labview
  • Visual 3D
  • Origin