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!

SCIRE Neuromodulation Video Features Lam Lab

The Human Locomotion lab was featured in a video on neuromodulation by Spinal Cord Injury Research Evidence (SCIRE) Project in March 2020. SCIRE’s goal is to provide up-to-date and accurate information about the effects of rehabilitation healthcare for people with spinal cord injury, and communicate this information in both scientific everyday language. To see us, watch the video below!

New Publication on Proprioception Training after SCI

Previous student Taha Qaiser published the findings of his Masters in November 2019 which described the use of passive proprioceptive training for individuals with an incomplete SCI. Proprioceptive training resulted in significant improvements in end point and knee joint position sense. Click to read more!

Congratulations to authors Taha Qaiser, Gevorg Eginyan, Franco Chan and Dr. Tania Lam.

New Paper on Arm-Cycle “Spin” Training for Balance in SCI

In October 2019, Alison published our research on arm crank ergometer (ACE) “spin” training in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. We found that ACE training not only improved aerobic capacity, but also static seated balance in individuals with SCI. To learn more, read the article here.

Congratulations to authors Alison Williams, Dr. Amanda Chisholm, Andrea Lynn, Raza Malik, Gevorg Eginyan, and Dr. Tania Lam.

NeuroHike 2019

In September 2019, lab members Gevorg, Raza, Emily, Ali, and Maya traveled to Jasper to attend the 50th Annual Alberta Motor Control “NeuroHike” Meeting.

Lam Lab at Mt. Edith Cavell

NeuroHike is an annual conference in held in either Jasper or Kananaskis for researchers, academics, and scientists to present their research. Our team enjoyed the road trip to the Rockies and continued opportunities for professional and educational development. We hope to participate in more NeuroHike meetings in the future!

Meet our newest student, Gevorg!

We are delighted to announce that in Sept 2019, Gevorg began his Masters of Science program under the supervision of Dr. Tania Lam.

Gevorg has been a long time Lam Lab member as a research assistant during his undergrad program, and since 2017 as our full-time research technician. As part of his thesis work, Gevorg plans to explore the neural mechanisms behind posterior tibial stimulation therapy. We’re looking forward to seeing his findings!

New Paper on Kinematic Adaptions and Skilled Walking in SCI

In August 2019, Raza published his work investigating how locomotor training can be used to elicit kinematic adaptations that improve walking in individuals with motor-incomplete SCI. These results suggest that improvements in skilled walking had a significant relationship to changes in knee range of motion and hip ankle coordination of the weaker limb. Click here for the full article.

Congratulations to authors Raza Malik, Gevorg Eginyan, Andrea Lynn, and Dr. Tania Lam.

ICS 2019 Scientific Meeting

In September 2019, Ali and Dr. Lam traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden to attend the ICS 2019 Scientific Meeting. This annual conference brings together international experts and researchers in multidisciplinary areas to discuss the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms, bladder and bowel incontinence, pelvic medicine, and pelvic floor disorders.

Ali and Tania enjoy a famous Swedish cardamom bun!

Tania delivers her talk on the potential benefits of exoskeleton training for lower urinary tract symptoms in SCI

Lam Lab Receives a CIHR Project Grant

We are delighted to announce that our laboratory was a recipient of a 2019 Spring CIHR Project Grant. This funding program made available through the federal government has been designed to help fund health related research by supporting projects or teams in all areas of health. With this grant, we are excited to continue to investigate potential avenues to explore neurorehabilitation strategies for individuals with SCI, with particular focus on improving urogenital outcomes through physical activity interventions.

Click here to learn more about the CHIR Project Grant program and here to learn about our award.