Campus: Cal Poly, Pomona -- August 3, 2000

BBC to Film Research Findings from Equine Muscle Function Study Being Conducted at Cal Poly Pomona

The British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) will be at Cal Poly Pomona on August 7 and 8 to film a hour special called "Trust Your Locomotion." They will be talking to Biological Sciences Professor Don Hoyt and Animal and Veterinary Sciences Professor Steven Wickler about the research they have been conducting on how equine muscles function. The filming will take place at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center and media are welcome to come by and see the Research Center during this time.

Research on Equine Muscle Function Could Expand Knowledge of the Human Body in Generating Systems for Amputees

The idea behind the research is to increase the understanding of how muscles function. Utilizing a special treadmill and diagnostic equipment, researchers are measuring what muscles do while in motion and how the muscles change as a function of speed. The results should be generally true of all terrestrial locomotion, which means it can be applied to both horses and humans. A direct medical impact is in the area of robotics but more specifically biomedical robotics, which would be very important in terms of generating systems for individuals who have lost a limb.

The Equine Muscle Function is one of seven Minority Bases Research Support program projects currently going on at Cal Poly Pomona. The project is funded by a $3.2 million federal grant from the National Institute of Health.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Schufer, Media Specialist, Cal Poly Pomona, (909) 869-5331 or

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