Research Assistant: Pathophysiological Mechanisms Involved in Muscle Contractures and SpasticitySummer Course

Research Assistant: Pathophysiological Mechanisms Involved in Muscle Contractures and Spasticity
Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Biomedicine / Biotechnology, Neuroscience
Location: Copenhagen
Lab & Research Session

Jessica Pingel’s lab focuses on the development of muscular dysfunctions in patients with injuries to the central nervous system (CNS lesions) including spinal cord injuries, stroke, and cerebral palsy. Spasticity and the development of muscle contractures are major complications to individuals with CNS lesions and can affect both the upper limbs and the lower limbs. These symptoms hinder daily life activities and affect the life quality of these patients tremendously. Why and how spasticity and muscle contractures develop is still, however, an unsolved mystery. The main interest of our group is therefore to investigate pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to contracture development and spasticity.

Related Discipline(s)

This summer course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Pre-Medicine / Health Science


Jessica Pingel

DIS Summer Faculty

PhD at the department of Sports Medicine at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen -  Chronic inflammation in connective tissue (2010-2012). Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the August Krogh Institute in Copenhagen (2012-2015) Hyper- and Hyporeflexia in humans and rats. Assistant Professor (2015-2019) at the Department of Neuroscience – Motor Control research group, University of Copenhagen - Pathophysiological mechanisms of spasticity and contracture development.