University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Andrew Sawers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the director of the Locomotor Rehabilitation Lab. His research focuses on reducing falls and fall-related consequences in lower limb prosthesis users. This research addresses three critical areas related to balance and falls among lower limb prosthesis users: 1) determining who is at risk for a fall (and thus in need of treatment), 2) diagnosing why someone is at risk for a fall (in order to personalize treatment), and 3) predicting how an at-risk individual is likely to fall (in order to prioritize treatment). A combination of rigorous psychometric test development and validation, innovative biomechanical experiments, and robust epidemiological data and statistical modeling are used across these areas of research.