Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab

CNBL commentary on amputee research published in Healthy Living Made Simple


Dr. McGowan contributes a brief commentary on the state of amputee research and the need for better understanding in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Healthy Living Made Simple - a publication by Sam's Club. This issue highlights the achievements of U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient Danielle Green.








Amputee Research highlighted in the UI Research Report and Local Media Outlets



Members of the Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab work to understand how amputee athletes adapt to control running specific lower leg prosthetics. In research funded by the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the CNBL team aims to identify how the residual neuromuscular system adapts to control these devices and how the energy stored in them is returned to the limb. The long-term goal of this work is to help develop a device that works in series with the body and minimizes secondary injuries such as joint and back pain. Our research has recently been featured in the UI Annual Research Report, the Pacific Northwest Inlander, The O&P Edge and Healio.












image from the Inlander





Animal Athletes at the Palouse Discovery Science Center

Members of the CNBL host Family Science Saturday at the Palouse Discovery Science Center in Pullman, WA. We use the theme of ĎAnimal Athletesí to teach basic biomechanics concepts to kids and their families using fun hands-on activities.

Amputee Research in the News as Oscar Pistorius Competes in 2012 London Olympic Games

Oscar Pistorius runs on a high-speed force sensing treadmill at Rice University as part of a research project that would lead to the over-turning of his IAAF band from competition. This and other ongoing research with amputee athletes was highlighted on KREM News Spokane, Channel 8 News Idaho Falls, Boise State Public Radio and in the Spokane Spokesman-Review.         

Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby video featured on Discovery Channel Canada

High speed video from our study of rock wallaby jumping is highlighted on the Daily Planet's April 12 episode of SUPER SLO-MO Tuesdays. This research showed that yellow-footed rock wallabies are able to generate extremely high power outputs while easily making jumps to three times their hip height.


Kangaroo research highlighted in VICON video

Our collaborative study with The Royal Veterinary College, London, the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland is highlighted by VICON motion capture systems. The goal of this research project was to examine how posture changes with body size in order to better understand the mechanical forces shaping the musculoskeletal system of kangaroos and wallabies.

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Graduate research at Harvard's Concord Field Station

Harvard Magazine wrote an article on the Concord Fields Station in the January-February 2002 issue highlighting on-going research at the time. The article includes six pages of beautiful photography from research projects and the CFS facility.

Yellow-footed rock wallaby jumping video click here