University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Muir, Gillian

Professor
Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
Office Location: WCVM 1311
Phone: 306-966-7353
Fax: 306-966-7376
Email: gillian.muir@usask.ca


Academic Credentials


Teaching and Clinical Areas

Dr. Muir's teaching responsibilities in the professional veterinary undergraduate curriculum are for VBMS 212, Veterinary Neuroscience. This course is an overview of the structure and function of the nervous system, with an emphasis on the localization of nervous system lesions in domestic animals. She is also involved in teaching at the graduate level, including courses on Biomechanics, Pain, and Behavioural Neuroscience.


Research Interests

Dr. Muir's research focuses on the changes in sensorimotor behaviour which occur during normal development or after central nervous system injury or disease. She is currently involved in several studies, one of which is an examination of the role of motor and visual experience during the development of locomotion. She is also investigating the compensatory locomotor adjustments that animals make after spinal cord lesions, as well as the locomotor compensations which occur in a rat model of Parkinson's disease.

Her assessment techniques involve detailed biomechanical analysis of skilled and unskilled movements during a variety of behaviours. This analysis includes measurement of ground reaction forces (the forces acting through each limb on the ground), joint angles, stride length and limb timing. Other techniques currently used in the laboratory include immunohistochemistry, retrograde tract-tracing and neuroanatomical measurement of dendritic arborization.


Publications