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    Applications are invited for graduate student positions at the M.Sc. and

    Ph.D. level in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary.
    Three positions are available in the general area of spinal
    bioengineering, related to low back pain and scoliosis, with secure
    funding from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
    (AHFMR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
    and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Potential areas of research include investigations of the
    mechano-biology of the intervertebral disc with animal and culture
    models, development of constitutive theories and finite element models
    of the intervertebral disc, development of micromechanical models of the

    annulus fibrosus and cell environment, and finite element investigations

    of the scoliotic spine.

    The University of Calgary has extensive Biomedical Engineering resources

    in the areas of biomechanics, cell and molecular biology and computer
    analyses, as well as opportunities for collaboration within the Joint
    Injuries and Arthritis Research Group at the McCaig Centre in the
    Faculty of Medicine. A new degree program in Biomedical Engineering has

    just been established, in part due to a Whitaker Special Opportunities
    award, and future plans are to further expand and establish a joint
    program between the University of Calgary and the University of
    Alberta. Students can also enroll directly in Engineering or Medical

    For consideration, please submit a full C.V. with the names and phone
    numbers of three references, as well as a one-page statement of research

    interests and goals.

    Neil A. Duncan, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Structures and Biomechanics
    Department of Civil Engineering
    University of Calgary
    2500 University Drive NW
    Calgary, Alberta
    CANADA T2N 1N4

    phone: 403-220-8553
    fax: 403-282-7026

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