Peter Barrance, PhD

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Senior Research Scientist
Musculoskeletal Biomotion Laboratory

Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering Research
Musculoskeletal Biomotion Laboratory

Peter Barrance, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering Research, and a Research Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He directs the Musculoskeletal Biomotion Research Laboratory within the Center, and he additionally holds the title of Clinical Research Scientist at Children’s Specialized Hospital. Dr. Barrance received a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and a master’s degree in engineering mechanics at Iowa State University, and received research experience as a biomedical engineer in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Following this, he pursued his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware, participating in interdisciplinary research with advisership by both engineering and physical therapy faculty. In his dissertation work he developed and deployed a method to analyze knee joint motion in individuals with ligamentous injury using dynamic MRI. Following a two year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware, he joined Kessler Foundation in 2006. At Kessler Foundation he has continued to pursue research in disability with musculoskeletal origins, including a federally funded line of research on weight bearing imaging of the knee joint in individuals with knee joint osteoarthritis. This interest is complemented by an emphasis in pediatric mobility rehabilitation, in collaboration with physicians, physical therapists and researchers at Children’s Specialized Hospital. 

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
Rehabilitation Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Medical Imaging
Computational Methods
Pediatric Mobility Rehabilitation
Device and Software Development
PhD - Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
ME - Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State University
BS - Engineering Science, Iowa State University
Research Interests

Dr. Barrance and his group pursue interests in several topics that have the common goal of advancing standards of care in the rehabilitation of adults and children with disabilities. He continues to pursue a long standing interest in imaging methods to evaluate conservative interventions for osteoarthritis, as supported by funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. His interests in musculoskeletal evaluation also span into adults with spinal cord injury, through collaborations with Dr. Gail Forrest, Director of the Center for Spinal Stimulation at Kessler Foundation. Ongoing work uses MRI methods to evaluate changes in muscle size and composition following interventions that include intensive exoskeletally assisted ambulation. Dr. Barrance has also recently initiated a new line of research that uses shear wave ultrasound imaging to investigate changes to tendon stiffness in adults with spinal cord injury. 
Through his work with pediatric physicians and physical therapists at Children’s Specialized Hospital, Dr. Barrance has led the development of a system that uses wearable sensors to provide movement biofeedback to assist gait retraining in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP). This system is being tested at Children’s Specialized Hospital in a clinical trial involving children who have CP. Also in collaboration with Children’s Specialized Hospital, Dr. Barrance’s team performs research that employs wearable sensing and instrumented wheelchair pushrims that seeks to describe and improve manual propulsion styles across wheelchair types and environmental situations.


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1. Chao, E. Y., P. Barrance, E. Genda, N. Iwasaki, S. Kato, and A. Faust (1997) Virtual reality (VR) techniques in orthopaedic research and practice. Stud Health Technol Inform. 39:107-14.
2.  Iwasaki, N., E. Genda, P. J. Barrance, A. Minami, K. Kaneda, and E. Y. Chao (1998): Biomechanical analysis of limited intercarpal fusion for the treatment of Kienbock's disease: a three-dimensional theoretical study. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 16(2):256-63.
3. Li, G., K. Kawamura, P. Barrance, E. Y. Chao, and K. Kaufman (1998): Prediction of muscle recruitment and its effect on joint reaction forces during knee exercises. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 26(4):725-33.
4. Jani, M. M., P. D. Sponseller, J. P. Gearhart, P. J. Barrance, E. Genda, and E. Y. Chao (2000): The hip in adults with classic bladder exstrophy: a biomechanical analysis. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 20(3):296-301.
5. Fung, M., S. Kato, P. J. Barrance, J. J. Elias, E. G. McFarland, K. Nobuhara, and E. Y. Chao (2001): Scapular and clavicular kinematics during humeral elevation: a study with cadavers. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 10(3):278-85.
6. Genda, E., N. Iwasaki, G. Li, B. A. MacWilliams, P. J. Barrance, and E. Y. Chao (2001): Normal hip joint contact pressure distribution in single-leg standing--effect of gender and anatomic parameters. Journal of Biomechanics 34(7):895-905.
7. Williams, G. N., P. J. Barrance, L. Snyder-Mackler, M.J. Axe, and T. S. Buchanan (2003): Specificity of muscle action after anterior cruciate ligament injury. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 21:1131–1137
8. Williams, G. N., P. J. Barrance, L. Snyder-Mackler, and T. S. Buchanan (2004): Altered quadriceps control in people with anterior cruciate ligament deficiency. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 36:1089-97
9. Williams, G. N., L. Snyder-Mackler, P. J. Barrance, and T. S. Buchanan (2004): Neuromuscular function after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with autologous semitendinosus-gracilis graft: Analysis of muscle and tendon morphology with magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American) 86-A:1936-46
10. Williams, G. N., L. Snyder-Mackler, P. J. Barrance, and T. S. Buchanan (2005): Quadriceps femoris muscle morphology and function after ACL injury: a differential response in copers vs. non-copers. Journal of Biomechanics 38:685-93
11. Williams, G. N., T. S. Buchanan, P. J. Barrance, M. J. Axe, L. Snyder-Mackler (2005): Quadriceps weakness, atrophy and activation failure in predicted non-copers after anterior cruciate ligament injury. American Journal of Sports Medicine 33:402-7.
12. Williams, G. N., L. Snyder-Mackler, P. J. Barrance, M. J. Axe, and T. S. Buchanan (2005): Neuromuscular function after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with autologous semitendinosus-gracilis graft. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 15:170-80.
13. Tate, C. M., G. N. Williams, P. J. Barrance, and T. S. Buchanan: Lower extremity muscle morphology in young athletes: an MRI-based analysis. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 38:122-8, 2006. 
14. Barrance, P. J., G. N. Williams, J. E. Novotny, and T. S. Buchanan (2005): A method for measurement of joint kinematics in vivo by registration of 3-D geometric models with cine phase contrast magnetic resonance imaging data. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 127:829-37. 
15. Barrance, P. J., G. N. Williams, L. Snyder-Mackler, and T. S. Buchanan (2006): Altered knee kinematics in ACL deficient non-copers: a comparison using dynamic MRI. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 24:132-40.
16. Barrance, P. J., Williams, G. N., Snyder-Mackler, L., & Buchanan, T. S. (2007). Do ACL-injured copers exhibit differences in knee kinematics?: An MRI study. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 454, 74-80.
17. Petterson, S. C., Barrance, P., Buchanan, T., Binder-Macleod, S., & Snyder-Mackler, L. (2008). Mechanisms underlying quadriceps weakness in knee osteoarthritis. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 40(3), 422-427 
18. Henderson, C. E., Higginson, J. S., & Barrance, P. J. (2011). Comparison of MRI-based estimates of articular cartilage contact area in the tibiofemoral joint. J Biomech Eng, 133(1), 014502. 
19. Petterson, S. C., Barrance, P., Marmon, A. R., Handling, T., Buchanan, T. S., & Snyder-Mackler, L. (2011). Time course of quad strength, area, and activation after knee arthroplasty and strength training. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 43(2), 225-231.
20. Terry, K., V. K. Gade, J. Allen, G. F. Forrest, P. Barrance, and W. T. Edwards (2011) Cross-correlations of center of mass and center of pressure displacements reveal multiple balance strategies in response to sinusoidal platform perturbations. J Biomech, 44(11):2066-76.
21. Ramsay, J. W., P. J. Barrance, T. S. Buchanan, and J. S. Higginson (2011) Paretic muscle atrophy and non-contractile tissue content in individual muscles of the post-stroke lower extremity. J Biomech, 44(16):2741-6.
22. Noehren, B., P. J. Barrance, M. P. Pohl, et al. (2012) A comparison of tibiofemoral and patellofemoral alignment during a neutral and valgus single leg squat: An MRI study. Knee, 19(4):380-6.
23. Barrance, P. J., V. Gade, J. Allen, and J. L. Cole (2014) American Society of Biomechanics Clinical Biomechanics Award 2013: Tibiofemoral contact location changes associated with lateral heel wedging-A weight bearing MRI study. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 29(9):997-1002.
24. Gade, V., J. Allen, J. L. Cole, and P. J. Barrance (2016) Upright Magnetic Resonance Imaging Tasks in the Knee Osteoarthritis Population: Relationships Between Knee Flexion Angle, Self-Reported Pain, and Performance. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 97(7):1107-14.
25. Oliveira, N., Blochlinger, S., Ehrenberg, N., Defosse, T., Forrest, G., Dyson-Hudson, T., and Barrance, P. (2017) Kinematics and Pushrim Kinetics in Adolescents Propelling High Strength Lightweight and Ultra-Lightweight Manual Wheelchairs. Disabil. Rehabil. Assist. Technol. Epub Dec 22