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

11-23-2004, 01:48 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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