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.

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.

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.

New paper on Acquisition and Retention of Skilled Walking in SCI

In March 2019, previous postdoctoral fellow Dr. Amanda Chisholm published her study investigating the proprioceptive deficits of individuals with motor-incomplete SCI and how this impacted the learning of a precision walking skill. Compared to able-bodied controls, individuals with motor-incomplete SCI were able to achieve the same level of performance accuracy, although more practice was required to learn the skill. Check out the publication to learn more.

Congratulations to authors Dr. Amanda Chishlom, Taha Qaiser, Alison Williams, Gevorg Eginyan, and Dr. Tania Lam.

The Latest from our Epidural Stimulation Collaboration

Over the past two years, we have had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Andrei Krassioukov’s laboratory to investigate the effects of epidural stimulation on autonomic function. Our first case report (2018) demonstrated that epidural spinal cord stimulation may be help manage cardiovascular dysfunction in individuals with chronic SCI. Click here to learn more.

In our second study (2019), we demonstrated how epidural stimulation can improve upper body exercise capacity via the modulation of cardiovascular and respiratory function. The full study can be found here.

Thank you to the many authors and contributors of these two publications, from our lab as well as others. We are very excited to continue our collaboration with Dr. Krassioukov’s group – look out for more papers from our labs in the future!


New Paper on Trunk Activation during Exoskeleton Walking

In November 2018, Raed published the findings of his Masters which explored the recruitment of trunk musculature by different robotic exoskeletons (Ekso & Lokomat) in individuals with a high thoracic motor-complete SCI. To find which elicited trunk activation, read more here!

Congratulations to authors Raed Alamro, Dr. Amanda Chisholm, Alison Williams, Dr. Mark Carpenter, and Dr. Tania Lam.

New Systematic Review on Recovery of Balance in SCI

Previous master’s student Cynthia Tse published a systematic review in 2018 analyzing the efficacy of task specific rehabilitation interventions in improving sitting and standing balance function in individuals with SCI. This article identified further need for research on training interventions to improve balance control. Find the whole article here.

Congratulations to authors Cynthia Tse, Dr. Amanda Chisholm, Dr. Tania Lam, Dr. Janice Eng, and the SCIRE research team.

New Paper on the Use of Vision for Skilled Walking in SCI

In January 2017, Raza published his Master’s work which explored the role of sensorimotor integration of vision and proprioception in ambulatory individuals with SCI while obstacle crossing. He found that vision was more important for obstacle crossing for ambulatory individuals with SCI compared to able bodied controls, due to proprioceptive deficits. Want to learn more? Read the full article here.

Congratulations to authors Raza Malik, Rachel Cote, and Dr. Tania Lam.

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.