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    he Motion Analysis Laboratory and Motor Performance Laboratory, University
    of Virginia is seeking to employ two post-doctoral research associates. A
    description of the first position is described below and included in the
    attached MSWord file.
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    Post-doctoral Position ( #1 )
    University of Virginia
    Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory

    The University of Virginia Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory
    is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to focus on quantification of
    motor control and the influence of pathologic spasticity. The laboratory is
    equipped with a Vicon 370 motion analysis system, two force plates,
    16-channel telemetered EMG and an isokinetic dynamometer. Our greatest asset
    of includes a staff of motivated and productive researchers, therapists,
    students and administrators.

    A major focus of the laboratory is the study of functional performance of
    patients with motor deficits such as cerebral palsy and the impact of
    current treatments. Previous or ongoing projects have studied the effects of
    invasive treatments including Botox injections, selective dorsal rhizotomy,
    intrathecal baclofen and surgical muscle-tendon lengthening on
    hypertonicity, muscle-tendon contracture and functional performance. Other
    studies assess voluntary motor control deficits versus function. Ideal
    clinical indications for these procedures are elusive because their effects
    on passive and active muscle length-tension relationships and motor control
    has not been adequately studied. Further research is necessary to
    understand these relationships and the extent to which these clinical
    treatments improve or exacerbate motor control deficits.
    The post-doctoral research associate will work with patients, measure
    in-vivo muscle behavior and motor control, quantify mechanical deficits and
    contribute to computational models of movement and function. We seek a
    Ph.D. in musculoskeletal biomechanics, quantitative physiology, or physical
    therapy with quantitative background. The individual will work with the
    laboratory directors, contribute to peer-reviewed publications and federal
    grant proposals. The initial effort will record changes in muscle-tendon
    behavior before and after treatments. Measurements will include
    intra-operative changes in length and tension and will relate them to
    changes in force production of agonist-antagonist pairs. Also, direct
    assessment of functional lengths during walking will be assessed.

    Project directors include Drs. Kevin P. Granata Ph.D. and Mark F. Abel M.D.
    Dr. Granata, the research director of the laboratory, is an Assistant
    Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Abel, the
    medical director of the laboratory, is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic
    Surgery. Interviews are recommended.

    The University of Virginia is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge piedmont
    of central Virginia. The university and surrounding community was
    established by Thomas Jefferson and boasts extraordinary historical,
    political, and cultural opportunities. Charlottesville has been rated among
    the top cities in America with easy access to major metropolitan areas
    including Washington DC, Richmond, Norfolk and Baltimore, as well as
    immediate access to the state and national parks and ocean beaches.

    Please reference the "Motion Biomechanics Post-doctoral position." Send a
    resume and list of three references to: Barbara Leech
    Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory
    University of Virginia
    2270 Ivy Rd
    Charlottesville, VA. 22903
    (804) 982 - 0893
    E-mail: BEL9E@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu

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    Kevin P. Granata, Ph.D.
    University of Virginia
    KPG8n @ Virginia.edu

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