News Releases 2010

LETU Professor Receives $345,000 Research Grant From NIH

Dr. Roger Gonzalez

Tue, Jan 26 2010

LeTourneau University recently received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) sub-award of $345,000 over a 3-yr time frame from the to support Dr. Roger Gonzalez’s research to examine the differential response to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture.  Gonzalez is a professor and associate vice-president of research at LETU.  The award is in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Buchanan at the University of Delaware.

Gonzalez not only brings the strengths he already has in computational biomechanics and specimen testing to this research project but also the strengths of LETU.

“The first aim of the parent grant is to establish muscle morphology from MRI analysis,” Gonzalez said.  “Then, the second aim is to characterize differences in muscle strength and voluntary activation before pursuing the third aim, which is to examine knee stabilization/control from EMG analysis and biomechanical modeling.” Dr. Gonzalez’s research will primarily be associated with Aim 3 in this proposal. Specifically, he will assist with the development of subject-specific biomechanical models. In addition, he will be able to use, and further refine, a customized device developed in his laboratory for dynamic loading of knee specimens to help us further understand the complexities of knee biomechanics.

            The NIH is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research  to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve  health and save lives. Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world.

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