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Junhong Zhou, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist
  • Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Faculty

Dr. Junhong Zhou’s career goal is to help older adults preserve and enhance their functional independence by designing new strategies to maximize balance and reduce the risk of falling. His specific research objectives are to: 1) identify the dynamic characteristics of human balance control in aging and age-related diseases, and 2) translate these discoveries into improved therapeutic strategies for older adults. To achieve these objectives, he has developed expertise in the application of nonlinear signal processing techniques to the physiological signals relating to human locomotor control and the non-invasive techniques to image and stimulate specific brain networks involved in the control of balance when standing and walking.

Research Areas

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Brain Health

Through pioneering multidisciplinary research, the Marcus Institute is uncovering new answers to the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, delirium, and other changes to the brain.

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Data Science and Technology

The Marcus Institute includes a biostatistics and data sciences faculty who collaborate with investigators to design and conduct clinical trials and observational studies in aging.

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Physical Health and Function

Through the Marcus Institute’s research we are learning how older adults can maintain independence and quality of life.

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Current Projects

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Cortical Mechanisms and Modulation of Foot Sole Tactile Sensation in Aging and Disease

This research aims to study whether increasing excitability of somatosensory brain networks using a noninvasive technology called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is of great promise to augment foot sole sensation, and thus balance and mobility, in vulnerable older adults suffering from mild-to-moderate sensory impairments associated with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

NIH K01AG075180

Principal Investigator