Jeffrey M. Hausdorff, PhD
Moving beyond the mean: insights into aging and neurodegeneration via gait dynamics
Jeffrey M. Hausdorff

Prof. Hausdorff has a background in biomechanics, biomedical engineering, and gerontology. He and the multidisciplinary research team that he leads aim to better understand, evaluate, and treat gait and balance, motor-cognitive interactions, and their changes with aging and disease. He has led pioneering studies on gait variability, fractal physiology, falls, and the inter-relationships between cognitive function and gait in aging and neurodegeneration. His current research interests also include the development and evaluation of markers and mechanisms of cognitive and mobility decline and fall risk using wearable sensors, the study of the brain mechanisms that contribute to changes in gait and falls, the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation, the role of genetics in gait alterations, freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease, and the use of virtual reality for evaluating and treating motor and cognitive impairments associated with aging and neurological disease. 

He has published more than 290 peer-reviewed papers; many of these have been highly cited (more than 49,000 citations with an H-index above 100).  In 2019, he was listed among the top 0.01% of scientists based on the impact of their publications in a given field from 1960-2017 (see Ioannidis et al., 2019). Prof. Hausdorff is the associate editor of the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation and of the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences.

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