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Bestaven Emma

PhD, Research Engineer, CNRS

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Attached to the Human Movement Analysis Platform

Coordinations and Plasticities of Spinal Generators

Motor Systems / Control of posture and movement / Human locomotion

Research axis:

  • Normal and pathologic locomotion and motor activities: interlimb coordination
  • Posture: multi-sensorial integration in human balance

Scientific expertise:

  • Biomechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Kinetics
  • Electromyography
  • Automated quantified walk in human


  • Studying motor strategies in motor activities such as locomotion or sit-to-stand task.
  • Determining the role of sensorial information in the circling behavior during locomotion without visual landmarks

Publications 2006-2012:

  • Bestaven E, Guillaud E, Cazalets J-R (2012) Is “circling” behavior in humans related to postural asymmetry? PLoS ONE 7(9): e43861.
  • Dehail P., Bestaven E, Muller F, Mallet A, Robert B, Bourdel-Marchasson I, Petit J (2007) Kinematic and electromyographic analysis of rising from a chair during a sit-to-walk task in elderly subjetcs: role of strength. Clinical Biomechanics 22,10:1096-1103
  • Muller F, Dehail P, Bestaven E, Petit J, Joseph PA, Barat M, Mazaux JM, Bourdel-Marchasson I (2007) Maximal and sustained isokinetic lower-limb muscle strength in hospitalized older people. Muscle and Nerve 35,6:739-744
  • Bourbonnais D, Piotte F, Forget N, Bestaven E, Harris P, Fournier K, Arsenault J, Bravo G (2007) Force et mobilité du pouce chez le travailleur avec une maladie de De Quervain – Evaluation et impact sur la performance de la main. Réadaptation au travail. Etudes et Recherches Rapport R-493, IRSST