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.

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.

Alison Graduates!

Ali successfully defended her Masters in February 2019, and graduated with a Master of Science in Kinesiology in May 2019.

Her thesis work focused on exploring the extent of residual innervation to the pelvic floor muscles in people with motor-complete spinal cord injury. Thank you, Ali, for all your hard work over these past few years! We are delighted that she will be continuing her work in the lab as our Laboratory Manager.