Personal details

Professor Graham Kerr
Faculty of Health,
School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Exercise and Nutrition - IPTM
Discipline *
Human Movement and Sports Science
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of Western Aust.), MPE (University of Otago), BSc (University of Otago)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australian Neuroscience Society Member Society for Neuroscience Member International Brain Research Organisation Member International Society for Posture & Gait Member Neural Control of Movement Member Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research Australian Corresponding Member Australian Falls Prevention Conference 2006 Convenor


Ageing, Balance, gait and falls in older people, Motor control, Movement disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Sensorimotor coordination.

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research interests
Posture, Balance, Gait and Falls in Older People: this research examines the effects of ageing on postural stability and the occurrence of falls. Several projects are underway as part of an NHMRC Injury Prevention Partnership, Prevention of Older Peoples Injuries.

  • Effects of actual and simulated visual deficits, standing balance and walking and the relationship to falls
  • Neurological disease and falls
  • Cardiovascular and aerobic risk factors for falls in older people.

Central nervous system and movement disorders
Parkinson’s Disease

  • Evaluating posture and balance control and predisposition to falls in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Prediction of driving performance in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Posture and limb tremor relationships in Parkinson’s Disease.

Spinal Cord Injury

  • Repair of the injured spinal cord: trialling potential cell therapies.

Proprioceptive control of movement
This research provides fundamental knowledge of the role of proprioceptive information in the coordination and control of arm movements. This project examines how arm movements are affected by alterations in

  • afferent information from different muscles
  • vestibular afferents
  • mechanical properties of the arm
  • neurological conditions in which there are proprioceptive deficits.

This knowledge is essential for development of technology for human-machine interfaces, neurally controlled prostheses, and effective rehabilitation procedures.
Control of Visually Guided Arm Movements
This research examines the control of visually guided movements during pointing, reaching and tracking tasks. This research is directed at understanding how and when visual information is used to control arm movements and how this is affected by ageing, visual impairment and neurological disease.

This information has been contributed by Professor Graham Kerr.


Teaching highlights
Undergraduate teaching

  • HMB271 Foundations of Motor Control Learning & Development
  • HMB371 Advanced Motor Control & Learning
  • Fourth Year Projects.
This information has been contributed by Professor Graham Kerr.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Improving postural stability and reducing falls risk in people with Parkinson's disease using textured insoles: a randomised controlled trial
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
falls prevention;balance;gait;Parkinson disease;footwear;balance impairment;injury prevention;risk prediction
Ageing, Falls and Balance Recovery
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Dynamic Postural Stability and Falls Prediction in Older People During Walking in Real-world Environments
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Falls;Balance;Gait;Older People;Injury Prevention