Lam Lab in UBC’s 3MT 2017

3 Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition where participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their thesis project to a non-specialist audience. This year, both Master’s student Taha Qaiser and PhD student Raza Malik from the Human Locomotion Research Lab qualified for UBC’s 3MT finals (top 8 in the whole of the university!). More recently, Taha placed first at the School of Kinesiology’s 3MT competition as a part of the Kinesiology Graduate Student Research Day. Well done Raza and Taha!


A Visit from City Councillor Andrea Reimer

Last week, City of Vancouver Council Member Andrea Reimer visited ICORD to take a tour of PARC and the Human Locomotion Research Lab to learn about the research and community work being done here. Councillor Reimer chairs the the Nomination Sub-Committee for the City of Vancouver and supported PARC’s nomination for a City of Vancouver Award earlier this year. If you missed it, take a look at this awesome video by Accessible Media Inc in which Councillor Reimer speaks about PARC’s impact on the community.

 As a part of the tour, Councillor Reimer was able to check out the Ekso in action. From left to right: Taha Qaiser, Alison Williams, Kyle Gieni, Coucillor Andrea Reimer.

New Case Report on Overground vs Treadmill Based Robotic Gait Training

Our paper “Overground vs treadmill-based robotic gait training to improve seated balance in people with motor-complete spinal cord injury: a case report” is now available in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. The article is open access and can found here.

Congratulations to authors Dr Amanda Chisholm, Raed Almaro, Alison Williams and Dr Tania Lam on this exciting publication.

Congratulations Alison!

Congratulations to our Lab Coordinator and MSc student Alison Williams for her successful application in the 2017 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s competition. Alison has been chosen as one of the few students at UBC to be funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

The objective of the CGS M Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Successfully Defended!

On March 31st and April 3rd, master’s students Megan Brousseau and Raed Almaro successfully completed their respective MSc defences. Congratulations to both Lam Lab members!

Celebrating after Raed’s Defence

After they have wrapped up their master’s work, Megan will be moving on to teach in the Kinesiology Program at Langara College while Raed will be moving back to Saudi Arabia to continue his clinical work as a physical therapist.

PARC Wins 2017 Accessible City Award

ICORD’s Physical Activity Research Centre (PARC)  was honoured with the 2017 Accessible City Award at the City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence ceremony on Tuesday night! Mayor Gregor Robinson presented PARC coordinator Megan Brousseau and participant Kyle Gieni with the award for PARC’s contributions to making Vancouver more accessible. Read more about the event on our ICORD news page!

Good Luck, Mustafa!

Yesterday was a happy and sad day in the Human Locomotion Research Lab. It was our long-time colleague Mustafa’s last day with the lab as he has left to take a full-time position with ISSofBC. Mustafa first started as a research participant 6 years ago. After a year, he became a volunteer, and two years ago he took on a part-time position as a reserach assistant under Dr. Tania Lam. We are very happy for him to have this new opportunity but we hope he will still come visit us!

Mustafa Goodbye

Congratulations Mustafa – we will miss you!


Congratulations Taha!

We are happy to report that MSc student Taha Qaiser has won a CIHR CGS Masters Award.  These awards are to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies

Congratulations Taha!