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Linda Mclean
03-29-2009, 10:37 PM
Doctoral Student research awards available - Ultrasound evaluation of pelvic
floor muscle function. Queen's University Rehabilitation Science Program



Applications are invited from individuals interested in the study of pelvic
floor (and abdominal) muscle function as it pertains to urinary incontinence
and/or spinal stability under the supervision of Dr. Linda McLean, Assoc.
Professor, Queen's University, School of Rehabilitation Therapy.



Doctoral graduate assistantships for qualified students are available
starting in the fall of 2009. A minimum stipend of $18 000 CDN will be
provided to doctoral candidates. Competitive internal scholarship
opportunities are also available to highly qualified students. For
consideration, applications should be submitted before May 31, 2009.



Admission Criteria



The primary considerations for this doctoral award include:



1) the academic record of the student. The ideal student will have a
Master's degree in kinesiology, rehabilitation therapy, mechanical,
electrical or biomedical engineering, with some research experience in the
areas of biomechanics and/or motor control. Applications from BSc (Hon) or
health professional program graduates will be considered for fast-track to
the PhD program.



2) the specific area of research interest, which should be to investigate
some aspect of pelvic floor muscle function and should be described in a 1-2
page letter of intent.



3) previous experience with programming in Matlab, Labview and/or image
processing experience will be considered an asset.



Research Environment



The School of Rehabilitation Therapy has a dynamic research program in
Rehabilitation Science, with over 40 graduate students enrolled in two
research streams: motor performance and disability and wellness in the
community. For more information about our programs, visit our website at
http://www.rehab.queensu.ca. The School has outstanding laboratory and
research facilities, including the fully equipped Motor Performance
Laboratory and the specific Pelvic Floor Laboratory. Available
instrumentation include a GE Voluson-i Ultrasound system, several surface
and fine wire electromyography systems, a Compario clinical electromyography
system with DQEMG motor unit decomposition software , Optotrak 3D motion
analysis system, Kissler force plates, instrumented treadmill with breath by
breath VO2 analysis, and access to MRI facilities.



Dr. McLean's research spans the investigation of motor control impairment
through the assessment of biomechanical and neuromuscular systems. She has
strong collaborations with local physicians, psychologists, and
physiotherapists and with local, national and international researchers in
medicine, engineering, psychology, rehabilitation therapy and kinesiology.



Queen's University emphasizes excellence in teaching, research and community
service. For more information about the university environment, visit
http://www.queensu.ca. Kingston ON is conveniently situated two hours from
three major Canadian cities: Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal on the shores of
Lake Ontario and boasts excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation.





For more information or to apply for a doctoral studentship, please contact
Dr. Linda McLean,

Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University,
Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6.

Email: mcleanl@queensu.ca.