View Full Version : NIH-funded Predoctoral Assistantship - University of Maryland,Baltimore

12-11-2003, 09:53 PM
The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the
University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland,
invites applications for an NIH assistantship to support pre-doctoral study
in the interdisciplinary field of Physical Rehabilitation Science (PRS).

Applications will be accepted from quality students with
baccalaureate and/or masters degrees in the Life Sciences,
Engineering or Health related degrees. Students with backgrounds in Physical
Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Physiology, Biology, Biomechanics,
Bioengineering, Psychology and Computer Science are encouraged to apply.
A demonstrated experience in rehabilitation is desirable.
As per NIH requirements, the applicant must be a US citizen or permanent
resident. The assistantship will pay a stipend and provide full tuition

The purpose of the PRS PhD program is to train researchers who will be able to
advance the field of physical rehabilitation with the ultimate goal of
improving the lives of individuals with functional impairments. Individual
courses of study are created to serve the interests and educational needs of
the student and the principal faculty advisor.

Dissertation projects are expected to be developed in conjunction with
one of several ongoing rehabilitation research studies within the
department and across the university system. Major research areas of
interest include: cardiorespiratory insufficiency and fatigue, development
and re-learning of interlimb coordination, neuroplasticity, pathomechanics
of wheelchair propulsion, hormonal changes related to injury and muscle
regeneration and distraction osteogensis. Current patient populations
include systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, HIV seropositive,
children with developmental coordination disorder, stroke, spinal cord and
other wheelchair users, and those with hip fracture or ACL injuries. The
department is part of a Pepper Older American Independence Center Grant
associated with the Department of Gerontology and the Veterans
Administration Hospital.

Students take courses in a variety of disciplines in the first year as well
as courses in research tools. Areas of concentration include:
Biomechanics; Epidemiology; Muscle Biology; Neuromotor Control and
Physiology. In depth courses in the area of concentration are also taken;
often in other Departments of the University or the University System.
Weekly interdisciplinary as well as specialized seminars are given.

Three interconnected laboratories are devoted to state-of-the-art
biomechanical, neuromotor and physiological measurement and a separate
laboratory is devoted to in vitro and animal model techniques in muscle
biology. Those with an interest in epidemiology have a close working
relationship with the Department of Epidemiology and have access to their

Applications for admission and financial aid should be received by the
Graduate School Admissions Office no later than March 1 in order to receive
full consideration for ALL financial aid options. Primary
considerations for admission are (1) relevant course background in sciences
related to intended area of concentration, (2) GRE scores that show high
quantitative and analytical scores (e.g., 600 plus) and acceptable verbal
scores (e.g., 500 plus) and (3) student's record of interest and academic
performance in the field or related areas. For more information about the
graduate program please visit the departmental homepage at

Interested potential candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the
Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Jill Whitall jwhitall@som.umaryland.edu

For those who wish to apply, Departmental and University Information may be
obtained from the Graduate Program Coordinator:
Ms. Terry Heron theron@som.umaryland.edu

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