M. Barbara Silver-Thorn, Ph.D.

M. Barbara Silver-Thorn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering

Office: Engineering Hall, 313

E-mail: barbara.silver-thorn

Research interests

Professional preparation

Post-doctoral, 1991-1992, Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University
Ph.D., 1991, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
M.S., 1987, Chemical, Bio & Materials Engineering, Arizona State University
B.S., 1985, Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University

Selected recent publications

Silver-Thorn MB, Gallagher M, Long J: Effect of Tilt Sensor versus Heel Loading on Stimulation Timing and Reliability for Individuals Post-Stroke using a Neuroprosthesis during Level and non-Level Treadmill Walking, International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1(8), Nov 2013.

Silver-Thorn MB, Kuhse B, Current T: Preliminary investigation of residual limb plantarflexion and dorsiflexion muscle activity during walking for trans-tibial amputees, Prosthet. Orthot. Int., 36(4): 435-442, Dec 2012.

Silver-Thorn MB, Herrmann A, Current T, McGuire J: Effect of ankle orientation on heel loading and knee moment in ankle-foot-orthoses (AFO) for post stroke individuals, Prosthet Orthot Int., 35(2):150-62, June 2011; also translated into Spanish and published in Ortoprotesica-Ayudas , Dec 2011.

Silver-Thorn MB, Glaister CL: Functional stability of trans-femoral amputee gait using the 3R80 and Total Knee 2000 prosthetic knee units, JPO, 21(1): 18-31, Jan 2009.

Hoffmann MJ, Knudson PE, Silver-Thorn MB:  A device for non-invasive assessment of vascular impairment risk in the lower extremity, IEEE TBME, 55(12): 2786-2791, Dec 2008.

Current Grants

Silver-Thorn, M Barbara (Principal), Tidman, Rebecca (Co-Principal), Schmit, Brian (Supporting), "Hockey Skating Kinematics," Sponsored by Easton Sports, Inc. (May 16, 2013 – May 14, 2014).

Silver-Thorn, M Barbara (Principal), Miller, Terence (Co-Principal), "North American Consortium on Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology for the Individual (NARETI)," Sponsored by DOE FIPSEl. (September 2010 - August 2015).

Silver-Thorn, M Barbara (Principal), "Noyce Engineering/Science Teacher Education Scholars," Sponsored by NSF. (June 1, 2009 - May 31, 2015).






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