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The UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory conducts research on the biomechanics and neuromuscular coordination of human movement, with applications in orthopedics and rehabilitation. Our experimental facilities include capabilities to record three dimensional kinematics, kinetics and dynamic images during movement. Computer simulations are used to characterize musculotendon dynamics, estimate internal loadings and test principles guiding movement control. The overall goal of the research is to establish a scientific basis for the clinical treatment and prevention of impairments that limit locomotor performance.

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Recent Lab News
October 2017
Joshua Roth won the UW-Madison Institute on Aging New Investigator Award for his work on 'Improving Knee Function in Older Adults Undergoing Total Knee Replacement Using Biomechanical Knee Models.'

September 2017
Darryl Thelen, along with Prof. Matt Allen and collaborators at Gillette Children's - Specialty Healthcare and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, were awarded a five-year grant from NIH-NICHD to investigate the 'Noninvasive assessment of in vivo tissue loads to enhance the treatment of gait disorders' (abstract).

September 2017
UWNMBL welcomes graduate student Dylan Schmitz!

August 2017
Mike Vignos won the American Society of Biomechanics Clinical Biomechanics Award for his work on 'ACL-Reconstruction Graft Geometry is Associated with Asymmetric In Vivo Cartilage Contact Patterns.'

August 2017
Colin Smith won the American Society of Biomechanics Young Scientist Pre-Doctoral Award for his work on "Simulated ACL and menisci deficiency predicts altered knee mechanics during walking."

July 2017
Scott Brandon started a new position as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Good luck Scott!

June 2017
Undergraduate Isaac Loegering was featured on the College of Engineering website.

June 2017
Darryl Thelen was appointed the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs in the UW College of Engineering.

May 2017
Samuel Acuña won the Kevin Granata Young Investigator Award for the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society for his work on 'Muscle activation patterns during walking are correlated to clinical gait assessments after traumatic brain injury.'

May 2017
Alex Ehlers graduated with his Master's of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering, finishing a five year run in the lab after starting as an undergraduate researcher. Good Luck Alex!

May 2017
Mike Vignos passed his PhD preliminary examination in mechanical engineering for his proposed research on "Longitudinal investigation of altered knee mechanics and cartilage health following ACL-injury and reconstruction."

April 2017
The 'Human Machine' exhibit at the 2017 UW Engineering Expo was awarded 'Best Graduate Student Exhibit' by the Expo orgranizers and recognized for 'Greatest Impact' by the National Biomechanics Day Committee.

April 2017
Jack Martin successfully passed his Research Readiness Exam (RRE) as a PhD candidate in the UW Materials Science Program.

January 2017
Moria Bittman started as a Program Officer at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Good luck Moria!

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Email to: Darryl Thelen Last Updated: 6/27/2017