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Invited Academic Seminar Series – Vivian Mushahwar- Walking Again after Spinal Cord Injury (Virtual Only)

December 13, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST


Vivian Mushahwar

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.


Kei Masani