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    DEPARTMENT OF NEUROLOGY
    University of California, Los Angeles

    POST-DOC OPPORTUNITY IN LOCOMOTOR NEUROREHABILITATION LABORATORY

    The UCLA Locomotion Laboratory seeks applications for a post-doctoral
    fellow position. Background in biomechanics, motor control,
    neurophysiology, robotics, or bioengineering preferred. Experience with
    LabView and biomechanical data collection and analysis are pluses.

    The following is a short description of our research:
    "Our research aim is to understand the level of neuromuscular plasticity
    after neurologic injury and the neural mechanisms responsible for
    locomotion. The primary focus is to study the plasticity of the human
    lumbosacral spinal cord in individuals with spinal cord injury during
    locomotor training. We step individuals on a treadmill with body weight
    support and manual assistance to maintain the normal kinematics and
    kinetics of walking. Locomotor training is based on providing appropriate
    sensory information specific to locomotion to the neuronal circuits in the
    spinal cord. This sensory feedback can be interpreted and integrated by
    the neural circuitry in the human spinal cord and alter the efferent motor
    patterns during stepping. Repetitive locomotor training may promote spinal
    learning and strengthen the neural circuitry responsible for locomotion.
    Our studies emphasize the importance of basic neural principles of
    locomotion that are applicable to all animals. The results of these studies
    provide a neuromuscular basis to facilitate the development of new
    rehabilitative strategies to improve walking in individuals following
    neurological impairment."

    More information about our laboratory and lab members can be found at:
    http://www.harkema.ucla.edu/

    Applicants should apply in writing by submitting a curriculum vitae,
    statement of professional interests, and a listing of three individuals
    that can be contacted for references to:

    Daniel P. Ferris, Ph.D.
    Department of Neurology
    UCLA School of Medicine
    1124 Reed Neurological Research Center
    710 Westwood Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1769

    Fax: (310) 794-9486
    Phone: (310) 206-0884
    dferris@ucla.edu

    Review of applications will begin March 15. The start date for the
    position is negotiable.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
    Employer.

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    Daniel P. Ferris, Ph.D.
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
    Department of Neurology
    UCLA School of Medicine
    1124 Reed Neurological Research Center
    710 Westwood Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1769

    Fax: (310) 794-9486
    Phone: (310) 206-0884
    dferris@ucla.edu

    http://www.harkema.ucla.edu/DFerris/
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