NAME: Wu, Jianhua
POSITION TITLE: Associate Professor
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University B.S. 06/1995 Engineering
Donghua University M.S. 03/1998 Engineering
University of California, Davis Ph.D. 12/2003 Bioengineering
University of Michigan Postdoc 10/2007 Motor development
A. Personal Statement
I have been conducting research with children with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy for more than 15 years. Our previous studies demonstrated that body-weight-supported treadmill intervention can advance walking onset by 5 months and improve gait patterns of infants with DS. Our recent study showed that whole-body vibration has potential to reduce muscle spasticity and improve walking ability in children with cerebral palsy.
1. Wu J, Looper J, Ulrich BD, Ulrich DA, Angulo-Barroso RM. (2007) Exploring effects of different treadmill interventions on walking onset and gait patterns in infants with Down syndrome. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 49 (11), 839-845.
B. Positions and Employment
2003-2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Division of Kinesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2007-2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
2015-present Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
C. Contribution to Science
1. Our research applied either localized or whole-body vibration to children with and without disabilities to understand the effect of vibration on posture, walking, and neuromuscular function. Our results demonstrated that 6-year-old children start showing adult-like use of joint variance during unperturbed standing and adult-like directionally-specific postural response during perturbed standing. Currently, I am studying the effect of whole-body vibration on muscle spasticity and walking ability in children with cerebral palsy.
a. Liang H, Beerse M, Ke X, Wu J. (2017) Effect of whole-body vibration on center-of-mass movement during standing in children and young adults. Gait and Posture. 54, 148-153.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM EST