Dr. Zehr is interested in how the human nervous system controls movement. He works to better understand how the spinal cord produces coordinated arm and leg movements during walking in order to improve the rehabilitation of walking after damage to the nervous system. For example, he seeks to determine whether exercises that coordinate arm and leg movements can help stroke victims recover. He also studies how arm and leg reflexes change over a cycle of rhythmic movement such as walking, swimming, or cycling.
Dr. Zehr is a Principal Investigator at ICORD. He is also a Professor in the Division of Medical Sciences and School of Exercise Science, and Director of the Centre for Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria.