Recently we and others have developed MRI-based methods that utilise diffusion tensor imaging to generate exquisite three-dimensional images of living human muscles. We will use these methods to investigate whether contractures in children with cerebral palsy are due primarily to changes in muscle or tendon.
Part of the project will involve development of algorithms for processing diffusion tensor images. The ideal candidate would have a background in engineering, computer science, physics, or a related discipline; experience in computer programming; and be comfortable working with children with disabilities. It is not necessary for candidates to have all of these attributes.