Researcher

Dr Yoshiro Okubo

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Biography

Dr Yoshi Okubo completed his PhD (Sports Medicine) at the University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2015. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and a Conjoint Lecturer at UNSW Medicine. He is investigating reactive balance training for falls prevention and has developed an innovative Trip and Slip Walkway. It is a fundamental advance on other perturbation systems in that it can generate unpredictable trips and slips at any point...view more

Dr Yoshi Okubo completed his PhD (Sports Medicine) at the University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2015. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and a Conjoint Lecturer at UNSW Medicine. He is investigating reactive balance training for falls prevention and has developed an innovative Trip and Slip Walkway. It is a fundamental advance on other perturbation systems in that it can generate unpredictable trips and slips at any point on the walkway and thus replicate real life trips and slips. In contrast to traditional balance training, reactive stepping training directly trains stepping skills required to avoid falls in daily life. His study demonstrated reactive stepping which is critical at the moment of a trip or slip can be regained in older age. His recent research focuses on helping people with an advanced age and neurological disease reduce falls using the reactive stepping paradigm.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, Masters, PhD


Currently supervising

  • Facilitation of postural reflex against trips and slips in older adults (2020 PhD)
  • Comparing treadmill induced trip perturbations with overground trips: A cross-over study (2019 ILP)
  • Neuromuscular mechanisms associated with successful balance recovery in people with Parkinson’s Disease (2019 ILP)
  • Reactive balance responses to a trip and slip during gait in people with multiple sclerosis (2019 ILP)
  • Balance Recovery Biomechanics following Slips and Trips in People with Parkinson’s Disease and Healthy Older Adults (2019 Masters)
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Location

139 Barker Street Randwick
Margarete Ainsworth Building

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Contact

02 9399 1065

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