B.C. Matthews Hall
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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Dr. Nadia Azar holds both bachelor’s (2001) and master’s (2004) degrees in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor. She also holds a Master of Science Degree (2006) in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) and has recently completed her PhD in the same (2009). She worked for the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor as a research technician and taught several courses on a sessional basis before joining the faculty full-time in January 2008. She currently teaches at both the undergraduate (Advanced Biomechanics, Introduction to Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics, Applied Neurophysiology, and Pathophysiology of Pain) and graduate levels (Applied Biomechanics of Human Movement).
Dr. Azar’s current research projects include an evaluation of the muscular recruitment patterns and relaxation response of the lumbar and cervical spines during movements about single axes (i.e. flexion, lateral bend, and axial twist) and in coupled postures (e.g. combined flexion-axial twist); quantification of whole-body vibration exposures in infants using commercial products with vibration modules; and the effects of motor imagery on the amplitude and timing of knee extensor muscle recruitment.
Her research interests also include the changes in muscular recruitment and morphology in whiplash patients, and the role each of these may play in the generation and/or maintenance of whiplash pain. Dr. Azar has received funding from the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD). She is an author on four peer reviewed journal articles, has supervised three undergraduate students, and is currently supervising two graduate students. She served as a co-chair for the 2010 Ontario Biomechanics Conference.