The ability to move accurately, efficiently, and safely is fundamental to the success and survival of people in any society in the world. For this reason, an in-depth understanding of the neural and cognitive mechanisms that lead to motor control, learning, and development is critical to a number of applied disciplines; including, but not limited to, health sciences, biomedical engineering, healthy high performance, computer sciences, and robotics. In the typical research model, scientists generating the basic science knowledge of the psychological and neurological substrates of motor behaviour are typically involved as adjunct members and consultants in the teams of scientists and engineers that are working towards specific applied goals (e.g., improving human-computer interfaces or rehabilitation protocols for stroke recovery). Although this approach has clearly worked at achieving their specific aims, it is our belief that the basic-to-applied scientific research process can benefit from a centralized hub dedicated to the common underlying issue – fundamental motor behaviour. That is, the typical structure in which the relatively independent research teams, potentially from different disciplines, work towards specific purposes may have some inherent limitations and inefficiencies attributable to limited communication between teams. An important upshot for a centralized unit focussing on the common issue of motor behaviour is that the unit can provide a common platform to facilitate knowledge transfer between these units and minimize redundancies in methods and findings. Further, researchers of motor behaviour with expertise in the methods of recording and analyzing movement are in relative short supply and can only commit to assisting a limited number of applied projects at a given moment of time.
Thus, the rationale for the Centre for Motor Control (CMC) is to foster greater efficiencies in knowledge generation and transfer by flipping the common approach and making fundamental research in motor behaviour the core of the unit with researchers in related units as members. It is envisioned that having fundamental motor behaviour as the core focus will help to overcome any current limitations by increasing the efficiency of the dissemination of methods and findings in fundamental aspects of motor behaviour to the related disciplines that utilize this knowledge. Further, by providing a common meeting place and platform for basic and applied scientists, the CMC will help facilitate the transfer of knowledge among the disciplines and the development of new collaborations and breakthroughs in science and engineering.