View Full Version : Course offering: Skeletal Muscle Structure, Function & Plasticity by Rick Lieber

03-07-2011, 02:49 PM
NIH Natcher Center; Bethesda MD
April 26, 2011 : 8:00AM-5:00PM
Skeletal Muscle Structure, Function & Plasticity

Richard L. Lieber, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego

Understanding such a universal phenomena as movement or strength requires an understanding of the neuromuscular system. Since muscle represents about 3/4 of the body mass, a healthy muscular system is associated with healthy cardiovascular, pulmonary, and endocrine systems. Conversely, disorders of the neuromuscular system have dramatic effects on daily activities and independence. The purpose of this course is to provide useful information for understanding strength and movement, by describing the structure, function and plasticity of the muscular system.

Our discussion will be conceptually divided into two parts: The first part represents the foundations of basic science while the second part represents illustrations of these basic science concepts by illustrating the adaptive capacity of muscle. Models used to describe this plasticity include chronic electrical stimulation, passive stretch, voluntary exercise, surgical transfer, immobilization, spinal cord injury, denervation, and weightlessness.

Based on this broad presentation, the rehabilitation professional can focus their attention on the scientific basis for muscle treatment. Interventional strategies and traditional thinking are critically evaluated in light of the data presented.

To register, go to https://www.amrms.com/ssl/gcmas/2011/
Course offered prior to Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis (GCMAS) annual meeting