What do people with spinal cord injury think of pelvic floor muscle training?

Former undergraduate student and now lab staff member, Maya, recently published an article on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to pelvic floor muscle training among people with spinal cord injury. This survey included people with SCI from across North America and revealed that that while people with SCI are interested in this type of therapy, very few people have tried pelvic floor muscle training. Read the full article here!

Exploring pelvic floor muscle activity during gait

Our recent publication explores how the pelvic floor muscles are active during walking and jogging in able-bodied men and women. This is the first paper to characterize pelvic floor muscle activity during the entire gait cycle and hints at how these muscles work during physical activity to prevent incontinence. Check out the full paper here.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in this study!


Gevorg Defends

Congratulations to our Master’s student, Gevorg, who successfully defended his thesis “The effect of transcutaneous tibial nerve stimulation on the corticomotor excitability of the abductor hallucis and pelvic floor muscles” in August 2021.

We wish Gevorg all the very best in his next academic chapter at UBC’s Masters of Physical Therapy program.

Gevorg’s thesis is available through UBC cIRcLe here.

Can we use exoskeleton-assisted walking to improve urogenital outcomes?

Check out our recent publication on the effects of exoskeleton-assisted walking to improve urogenital outcomes, such as urinary incontinence, for people with spinal cord injury. Preliminary data from this paper was first presented by Dr. Lam at the 2019 International Continence Society in Sweden, and we are excited to publish the final results! Read the full paper here.


New publication on seated boxing for spinal cord injury

Our Master’s student, Gevorg, and Lab Manager, Ali, published an article about the effects of seated boxing and battle rope exercises on trunk muscle activity for people with motor-complete spinal cord injury. This paper adds to the growing body of literature that people with high-thoracic and cervical motor-complete injuries have some degree of voluntary muscle activation in their abdominal and lower back muscles. Read the whole publication here.

This work was a part of Konrad’s undergraduate directed studies project. Way to go team!


New publication on exercise-based therapies for urogenital health

Our undergraduate student, Xueqing Zhou, recently published a systematic review and meta-analysis on how exercise-based therapies may help improve urogenital outcomes in people with spinal cord injury. Our findings suggest that there may be some benefit of exercise therapies for bladder and sexual health, but current evidence is insufficient to make any recommendations at this time. The full paper can be found here.

This manuscript was developed from Xueqing’s undergraduate directed studies project – well done, Xueqing!

New Paper on Residual Pelvic Floor Muscle Innervation in Motor-Complete SCI

Last week, we received notice that Alison’s Master’s work has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Neurotrauma. Alison’s study explored the extent of residual innervation of the pelvic floor muscles in people with motor-complete spinal cord injury (mcSCI). She found that people with mcSCI retain some residual innervation to this muscle group, but possibly via indirect cortical pathways. To read more, click here!

Congratulations to authors Alison Williams, Gevorg Eginyan, Emily Deegan, Mason Chow, Dr. Mark Carpenter, and Dr. Tania Lam.

NeuroHike 2017

This month, the Human Locomotion Research Laboratory took a road trip to Jasper, AB for the 2017 NeuroHike conference! Neurohike is an annual event held in the Rockies that brings together researchers from Western Canada. Alternating between Jasper and Kananaskis, it provides a casual forum to talk science, have fun and as the name suggests, hike in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. We look forward to attending more NeuroHike conferences in years to come!

Lam Lab at the Old Fort Point lookout for NeuroHike 2017.
From L-R: Raza Malik, Alison Williams, Dr Tania Lam, Abdullah Alghamdi, Gevorg Eginyan, Andrea Lynn.


ICORD Trainee Symposium 2017

Last week, students from the Human Locomotion Research Laboratory attended the 7th Annual ICORD Trainee Symposium, a conference organized by students to showcase the amazing work being done by ICORD trainees. This year there were 129 attendees with 40 poster presentations and 10 oral presenters, as well as special plenary talks by Dr. Jeff Petruska, who traveled from the University of Louisville, and University of British Columbia’s Dr. Brett Finlay.

Taha Qaiser (third from the right) and Alison Williams (third from the left) with the other award winners from the ICORD Trainee Symposium

Congratulations to Taha Qaiser (MSc student) and Alison Williams (MSc student) who received third place in the oral presentations and second place in the master’s poster presentations respectively.

Congratulations, Taha! Another Defense Done!

A huge congratulations to Taha Qaiser who successfully defended his Master’s of Science thesis on June 14th 2017! Taha has been a member of the lab since 2011 when he began as an Undergraduate Research Assistant through UBC’s Work Learn program. More recently, Taha’s thesis study which examined if it was possible to train proprioception after spinal cord injury showed some interesting results! We look forward to reading his published results down the road.

Dr Tania Lam and Taha Qaiser

Congratulations, Taha! You will be missed.