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Natalia Sanchez Aldana

Title(s)Assistant Professor Of Research
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    Northwestern University, Chicago, ILPhD09/2015Biomedical Engineering
    Northwestern University, Chicago, ILMSc12/2013Biomedical Engineering
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    American Heart Association2013  - 2014Pre-doctoral Fellowship
    American Heart Association2016  - 2018Post-doctoral Fellowship
    SC-CTSI2019  - 2022Mentored Career Development in Clinical and Translational Science

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    Dr Sanchez is an assistant professor of research in the Division of Biokinesioloy and Physical Therapy. The primary goal of her research is to understand the neuromuscular, biomechanical and physiological control of locomotion and how this control changes after neural injury. This knowledge will aid develop targeted rehabilitation interventions that can improve walking ability in people with movement impairment, thus contributing to independence and reintegration in the community of people with movement disorders.

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    Development and application of big data techniques to gait analysis: dissociating recovery from compensation during gait in individuals post-stroke
    SC-CTSI KL2TR001854Jun 1, 2019 - May 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Is asymmetry optimal? Characterization of Individual Differences in the Metabolic Cost of Asymmetry Post-Stroke
    American Heart Association 16POST29610000Jul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Lower Extremity Synergies After Hemiparetic Stroke
    American Heart Association 13PRE14690048Jan 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2014
    Role: Scholar

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    1. Sánchez N, Simha SN, Donelan JM, Finley JM. Taking advantage of external mechanical work to reduce metabolic cost: the mechanics and energetics of split-belt treadmill walking. J Physiol. 2019 Jun 13. PMID: 31192458.
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    2. Pozzi F, Plummer HA, Sanchez N, Lee Y, Michener LA. Electromyography activation of shoulder and trunk muscles is greater during closed chain compared to open chain exercises. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2019 May 12. PMID: 31151784.
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    3. Sánchez N, Finley JM. Individual Differences in Locomotor Function Predict the Capacity to Reduce Asymmetry and Modify the Energetic Cost of Walking Poststroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2018 08; 32(8):701-713. PMID: 29998788.
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    4. Sánchez N, Acosta AM, López-Rosado R, Dewald JPA. Neural Constraints Affect the Ability to Generate Hip Abduction Torques When Combined With Hip Extension or Ankle Plantarflexion in Chronic Hemiparetic Stroke. Front Neurol. 2018; 9:564. PMID: 30050495.
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    5. Sánchez N, Park S, Finley JM. Evidence of Energetic Optimization during Adaptation Differs for Metabolic, Mechanical, and Perceptual Estimates of Energetic Cost. Sci Rep. 2017 08 09; 7(1):7682. PMID: 28794494.
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    6. Sánchez N, Acosta AM, Lopez-Rosado R, Stienen AHA, Dewald JPA. Lower Extremity Motor Impairments in Ambulatory Chronic Hemiparetic Stroke: Evidence for Lower Extremity Weakness and Abnormal Muscle and Joint Torque Coupling Patterns. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2017 Sep; 31(9):814-826. PMID: 28786303.
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    7. Sánchez N, Acosta AM, Stienen AH, Dewald JP. A Multiple Degree of Freedom Lower Extremity Isometric Device to Simultaneously Quantify Hip, Knee, and Ankle Torques. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2015 Sep; 23(5):765-75. PMID: 25163064.
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    8. Sanchez N, Dewald JP. Constraints imposed by the lower extremity extensor synergy in chronic hemiparetic stroke: Preliminary findings. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2014; 2014:5804-7. PMID: 25571315.
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