We 'kneed' you! Research explores how brain controls muscles

X-ray of a knee

Physiotherapists at the University of Western Sydney are conducting research into how the brain controls muscles around the knees.

The researchers are seeking people between the ages of 50 and 65 who do not have knee pain. The study will map the area of the brain that controls the thigh muscles and will be used to compare with people who have arthritis of the knee. The results will be used to refine and improve treatments for knee pain.

All the procedures are non-invasive and pain free. The study, which takes just over two hours, will be conducted at the UWS Campbelltown campus. Study participants will be reimbursed $15 per hour for their time.

For more information and eligibility criteria, please email Abrahao Baptista or contact Professor Lucy Chipchase.

This study has human ethics approval from the University of Western Sydney Human Research and Ethics Committee (Approval Number H10184)

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28 May 2014