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Facilitating Movement and Strength

Skeletal muscle development, function and disease research at PCOM.

Skeletal Muscle Research  
Development, Function and Disease

The proper coupling of neurons, skeletal muscle fibers and intracellular filamentous contractile proteins is essential for voluntary movements of the human body.

Muscular Dystrophy Research at PCOM

PCOM faculty and students are engaged in research that defines the mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle formation and contraction. Other studies focus on the effects of inherited genetic abnormalities and mechanical ventilation that lead to muscle weakness and atrophy, with the goal of developing compensatory approaches to treat myopathies.

PCOM medical student David Garcia-Castro (DO/PhD '23) defended his doctoral research dissertation on potential therapeutics for spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA or Kennedy's Disease).

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Neuromuscular Disease Therapy Research by PCOM Med Student David Garcia-Castro portrait

PCOM Georgia PT students Allison Pickron and Jocilyn Yarnell discuss their research into the iliocapsularis, a variant hip flexor muscle found only in some people.

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PT students Pickron and Yarnell Discuss the iliocapsularis, a variant hip muscle portrait

Working with Temple University faculty, Arielle Roberts (DO '21) studied methods to restore neural pathways for bladder muscle function following spinal cord injuries.

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Arielle Roberts Works with Temple Faculty to Study Bladder Muscle Restoration Following Spinal Cord Injuries portrait

PCOM Associate Professor Heather Montie, PhD, Landed an NIH grant to gain understanding of rare genetic disorders of the spinal cord through zebrafish models.

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PCOM Professor Heather Montie, PhD, Lands NIH Grant for Kennedy's Disease Research portrait

Research at PCOM

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