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.

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.

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!