Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Alberta
The overall goal of the work in my lab is to develop interventions that improve function after neural injury or disease. In this talk, I will focus on spinal cord injury (SCI), a devastating condition that drastically alters a person’s functional abilities and quality of life. I will describe our work, which merges neuroscience, engineering and rehabilitation, in restoring the ability to walk after SCI. This will include a spinal micro-implant we developed for restoring standing and walking after complete SCI and a therapeutic approach we developed to improve walking after incomplete SCI. Our interventions have the potential to improve function, reduce the incidence of secondary complications and improve quality of life.