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Kevin P. Granata
04-04-2001, 02:23 AM
he Motion Analysis Laboratory and Motor Performance Laboratory, University
of Virginia is seeking to employ two post-doctoral research associates. A
description of the first position is described below and included in the
attached MSWord file.
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Post-doctoral Position ( #1 )
University of Virginia
Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory

The University of Virginia Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory
is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to focus on quantification of
motor control and the influence of pathologic spasticity. The laboratory is
equipped with a Vicon 370 motion analysis system, two force plates,
16-channel telemetered EMG and an isokinetic dynamometer. Our greatest asset
of includes a staff of motivated and productive researchers, therapists,
students and administrators.

A major focus of the laboratory is the study of functional performance of
patients with motor deficits such as cerebral palsy and the impact of
current treatments. Previous or ongoing projects have studied the effects of
invasive treatments including Botox injections, selective dorsal rhizotomy,
intrathecal baclofen and surgical muscle-tendon lengthening on
hypertonicity, muscle-tendon contracture and functional performance. Other
studies assess voluntary motor control deficits versus function. Ideal
clinical indications for these procedures are elusive because their effects
on passive and active muscle length-tension relationships and motor control
has not been adequately studied. Further research is necessary to
understand these relationships and the extent to which these clinical
treatments improve or exacerbate motor control deficits.
The post-doctoral research associate will work with patients, measure
in-vivo muscle behavior and motor control, quantify mechanical deficits and
contribute to computational models of movement and function. We seek a
Ph.D. in musculoskeletal biomechanics, quantitative physiology, or physical
therapy with quantitative background. The individual will work with the
laboratory directors, contribute to peer-reviewed publications and federal
grant proposals. The initial effort will record changes in muscle-tendon
behavior before and after treatments. Measurements will include
intra-operative changes in length and tension and will relate them to
changes in force production of agonist-antagonist pairs. Also, direct
assessment of functional lengths during walking will be assessed.

Project directors include Drs. Kevin P. Granata Ph.D. and Mark F. Abel M.D.
Dr. Granata, the research director of the laboratory, is an Assistant
Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Abel, the
medical director of the laboratory, is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic
Surgery. Interviews are recommended.

The University of Virginia is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge piedmont
of central Virginia. The university and surrounding community was
established by Thomas Jefferson and boasts extraordinary historical,
political, and cultural opportunities. Charlottesville has been rated among
the top cities in America with easy access to major metropolitan areas
including Washington DC, Richmond, Norfolk and Baltimore, as well as
immediate access to the state and national parks and ocean beaches.

Please reference the "Motion Biomechanics Post-doctoral position." Send a
resume and list of three references to: Barbara Leech
Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory
University of Virginia
2270 Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA. 22903
(804) 982 - 0893
E-mail: BEL9E@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu

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Kevin P. Granata, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
KPG8n @ Virginia.edu

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