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  • Scientist in the Leon Root,MD Motion Anlaysis Laboratory of the Hospital for Special Surgery

    Motion Analysis Laboratory

    The Hospital for Special Surgery seeks a scientist with expertise in the field of human movement analysis and the related sciences. The successful candidate will join the research efforts of a multidisciplinary group of investigators already active in a range of research and development projects involving motion analysis and other human performance measurements at the Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory. This person will be responsible for leading, coordinating and expanding the ongoing research and development in their area of expertise within human movement analysis. This is an exciting opportunity to benefit from the close collaboration between clinicians and scientists at Hospital for Special Surgery and to enhance the utilization of the Hospital's state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory.
    The Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory (LRMAL) is in the Department of Rehabilitation at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. As part of a 162 bed orthopaedic and rheumatology specialty hospital (, the laboratory evaluates a wide range of individuals including pediatric, adult and geriatric in a multi-disciplinary environment. The central laboratory philosophy is that the examination of relationships between structure and function will provide valuable insights into the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neuromusculoskeletal disease.
    The four areas of focus for our research are: osteoarthritis, sports science, pediatric orthopaedics, and rehabilitation.
    Recently funded investigations include:
    - the role of lower extremity realignment therapies for the treatment of knee OA;
    - subject-specific knee models for examining surgical realignment;
    - interaction between the foot and knee in knee OA (Multi-center Osteoarthritis Trial);
    - elbow, thumb function in individuals with OA;
    - ACL strain as a function of the shoe-sports surface interface;
    - pathomechanics of running;
    - shoe development in the pediatric (early-walker) population;
    - gait and biochemistry in the obese pediatric population;
    - long-term postoperative follow-up for rectus femoris lengthening in adults with CP;
    - development of advanced shoulder models;
    - kinematic wrist coupling and the role of the shoulder and elbow during functional tasks;
    - a geometrical model of the forefoot;
    - plantar pressures and associated disability in the elderly (Framingham study);
    - intra-operative plantar pressure assessment.
    Several new joint coordinate systems, specialized measurement tools, as well as inverse and forward dynamic models are in development.
    The Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory (93'x27' + office space) is equipped with a 12-camera motion capture system (MAC), 4 six-component force plates (AMTI, Bertec), a 16 channel EMG system (MA300), a comprehensive suite of plantar pressure hardware and software (Novel's Emed X, Pedar X, and Pliance), a tandem instrumented walkway (GaitMat II), instrumented stairs, isokinetic dynamometers (Biodex) and several specialized test jigs for the study of the neuromusculoskeletal system. The laboratory has both extramural as well as intramural collaborations including the Soft Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory, as well as the Biomechanics, Orthopedic, Rheumatology, Radiology, Physiatry, and Rehabilitation Departments at HSS.
    Candidates must have an MD, PhD or equivalent degree in physical therapy, biomechanics, engineering or related fields and expertise in human motion analysis. The ideal candidate would be a self-directed, motivated researcher, already engaged in extramurally funded research and capable of mentoring colleagues from a variety of disciplines and levels in an effort to increase utilization of the laboratory. Experience with upper extremity or pediatric research is a plus.
    Interested candidates should send a letter of interest including a brief outline of current and future research plans, along with a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to: Howard J. Hillstrom, Ph.D., Director of the Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory, Department of Rehabilitation, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, N.Y., 10021. Phone: 212-606-1507; Fax: 212-774-3578; Lab: 212-606-1215; Email: The Hospital for Special Surgery is affiliated with the Weill College of Medicine of Cornell University and an equal opportunity employer.

    Howard J. Hillstrom, Ph.D.
    Director, Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory
    Hospital for Special Surgery
    535 East 70th Street
    New York, N.Y. 10021
    Office: (212) 606-1507; Lab: (212) 606-1215
    Fax: (212) 774-7859; Cell: (215) 802-0447
    HSS web site:
    Lab web site:

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