Doctoral student recieves NWCOHS grant
EOH doctoral student Mina Salehi Sedeh was awarded a student research grant from the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS), one of the Education and Research Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The title of the funded proposal is “Estimating lumbar spine loading when using a passive back-support exoskeleton among Dungeness crab fishermen.” NWCOHS will award $10,000 to help complete this project.
Mina will be conducting this research working at the Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics (OEB) laboratory under the guidance of the project mentor, Dr. Jay Kim.
Dungeness crab fishermen are one of the most high-risk working populations in the West Coast. Fishermen are exposed to different occupational hazards, including demanding tasks and high musculoskeletal loads.
“Through this project, I hope to contribute to musculoskeletal disorder prevention and health promotion among fishermen by investigating the potential benefits of exoskeletons in commercial fishing. At the same time, I will gain the required knowledge and skills to do state-of-the-art musculoskeletal modeling and biomechanical analysis that will help me achieve my professional career goals,” says Mina.