Research Assistant Positions: Effects of Rowing Training on Cerebrovascular Health in Spinal Cord Injury

 

Research Assistant Positions: Effects of Rowing Training on Cerebrovascular Health in Spinal Cord Injury
Dr. Can Ozan Tan (PhD, FAHA) and Dr. Rajiv Gupta (MD, PhD), Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital) and Radiology (Massachusetts General Hospital), Harvard Medical School
spring 2017 and beyond

Project Description: Effect of FES Row Training on Cerebrovascular and Bone Health in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury - Primary aim of this research is to assess whether full-body rowing exercise training, enabled using Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), provides benefits to cerebrovascular function and lower extremity bones, and whether FES row training can alleviate declines due to immobility and deconditioning due to paralysis (see PMID 24097158, PMID 25419534, and PMID 24980185 for recent publications on the topic). No prior research experience is required. Students will be provided appropriate training in human subject protection and good clinical practice. Students will be able to gain basic knowledge of human physiology, laboratory skills for clinical/human subject research, introductory experience in clinical data acquisition (transcranial Doppler Ultrasound and/or computed tomography) and in data analysis methods (basic statistical methods, time series analysis and image processing), as well as experience in scientific method and writing. Students will be mentored by the PI, co-investigators, and other senior research personnel in the laboratory on an ongoing basis. Additional Information: Overall length of the project is approximately 18 months; however, hours and duration students are expected to commit are negotiable depending on the desired level of involvement. Students are encouraged to apply to the HCRP and other fellowships or register for a research course credit. Locations are at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge (10-minute walk from Harvard Yard) and MGH Main Campus (Charles/MGH stop on the Red Line T). To Apply: Please email your resume and contact information to Dr. Tan (cotan@mgh.harvard.edu). (posted 2/2017)