José Zariffa

Associate Professor, Senior Scientist at KITE

PhD, PEng

Research Stream: Clinical Engineering

Email & Telephone: | Office: The KITE Research Institute, University Health Network, 550 University Avenue, #12-102, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2A2 Canada

Main Appointments

Additional Appointments

  • Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Rehabilitation Science Institute

Research Interests

Central nervous system disorders such as spinal cord injury and stroke can drastically limit an individual’s ability to carry out voluntary movements. This has dramatic consequences for completing activities of daily living, integrating within the community, and finding opportunities for employment, as well as a considerable economic impact on affected individuals, their families and the health care system. Our research seeks to address these issues by developing technology that can assist functional recovery after damage to the nervous system.

Our research program focuses on developing rehabilitation technology that can adapt to short- and long-term changes in the user's neuromuscular system. To do so, our ability to extract information from the nervous system must be improved. We conduct projects ranging from direct interfaces with peripheral nerves for monitoring neural signals, to wearable sensors that can capture a person's interactions with the world around them. We aim to develop tools that can provide detailed information about movement control and performance in varied contexts from the clinic to the community. Areas of application include closed-loop neuroprosthetic and neuromodulation systems, and the evaluation and optimization of neurorehabilitation interventions, such as rehabilitation robotics and other activity-based programs.

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