Patrick  Forbes


Dr. Patrick Forbes (P.)


Dr. Forbes is the principal investigator of the “Sensorimotor Neuroscience and Biorobotics Lab” at the Department of Neuroscience within the Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His research combines robotics, numerical simulation and neuroscience techniques to address fundamental questions regarding human sensorimotor control. Specific research interests include: i) physiological mechanisms underlying human balance control, and ii) vestibular sensory processing for posture, gaze and perception. This work has received funding from NWO (VENI, VIDI and Research Talent). Before establishing his lab at Erasmus, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in neurophysiology at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) in Prof. Jean-Sebastien Blouin’s lab. This work was funded by the European Commission under the Marie Curie Fellowship program. Dr. Forbes completed his PhD in Biomechanical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands) and completed his Masters and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada).


1. Absence of Nonlinear Coupling Between Electric Vestibular Stimulation and Evoked Forces During Standing Balance.

Hannan KB, Todd MK, Pearson NJ, Forbes PA, Dakin CJ
in Frontiers in human neuroscience 2021

2. Vestibular attenuation to random-waveform galvanic vestibular stimulation during standing and treadmill walking.

Hannan KB, Todd MK, Pearson NJ, Forbes PA, Dakin CJ
in Scientific reports 2021

3. Stabilization demands of walking modulate the vestibular contributions to gait.

Magnani RM, Bruijn SM, van Dieën JH, Forbes PA
in Scientific reports 2021

4. Learning to stand with unexpected sensorimotor delays.

Rasman BG, Forbes PA, Peters RM, Ortiz O, Franks I, Inglis JT, Chua R, Blouin JS
in eLife 2021

5. Neural Mechanisms Underlying High-Frequency Vestibulocollic Reflexes In Humans And Monkeys

Patrick A. Forbes, Annie Kwan, Brandon G. Rasman, Diana Mitchell, Kathleen E. Cullen, Jean-Sebastien Blouin
in Journal of Neuroscience 2020

6. The Vestibular Drive for Balance Control Is Dependent on Multiple Sensory Cues of Gravity.

Arntz AI, van der Putte DAM, Jonker ZD, Hauwert CM, Frens MA, Forbes PA
in Frontiers in physiology 2019

7. Virtual signals of head rotation induce gravity-dependent inferences of linear acceleration.

Khosravi-Hashemi N, Forbes PA, Dakin CJ, Blouin JS
in The Journal of physiology 2019

8. Neural substrates, dynamics and thresholds of galvanic vestibular stimulation in the behaving primate.

Kwan A, Forbes PA, Mitchell DE, Blouin JS, Cullen KE
in Nature communications 2019

9. Sensorimotor control of standing balance

10. Sensorimotor Manipulations of the Balance Control Loop-Beyond Imposed External Perturbations.

Rasman BG, Forbes PA, Tisserand R, Blouin JS
in Frontiers in neurology 2018
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