Organizing Committee

7th National Spinal Cord Injury Conference

Scientific and Planning Committee Members

Markus Besemann, CD, B.Sc., MD, FRCP(C)

LCol Head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Canadian Forces Health Services Group, Ottawa, ON

 

 

CathyCraven_smallCathy Craven, BA, MD, MSc, FRCPC, CCD

University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Dr. Craven is a clinician scientist in the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team and Medical Lead of the Spinal Cord Rehab Program at TRI. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Craven’s research redefines patients’ experiences with the health conditions that come after a spinal cord injury, helping them avoid or better manage heart disease, diabetes and fracture. She leads the SCI-HIGH project, reshaping SCI rehabilitation by 2020 through developing and implementing indicators of quality care linked with accreditation standards. She leads TRI’s Central Recruitment program with vision and tenacity.

 

Heather Dow, CAE, CPhT

Events & Management Plus Inc.

 

Heather Flett,  MSc, B.Sc(PT), BA

University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

 

Lisa Fong, Bsc

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

 

Julio C. Furlan, MD, LLB, MBA, MSc, PhD, FRCPC

University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Dr. Furlan is an Affiliate Clinician Scientist and staff neurologist at Lyndhurst Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Toronto. His research focus is on outcome measures, predictors of outcomes, and secondary complications of spinal cord injury or disease. Dr. Furlan uses clinical instruments, neurophysiology and neuroimaging outcomes to evaluate impairment, describe disability and predict recovery. He has ongoing research related to on autonomic function, pain modulation, and muscle control.

 

James Guest, MD PhD

Neurological Surgery and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis & University of Miami, Mami, FL

 

Suhkvinder Kalsi-Ryan_smallSukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, BScPT MSc PhD

University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Dr. Kalsi-Ryan, is a Clinician Scientist in the field of upper limb assessment and recovery and spine pathology at TRI-UHN and is also Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy. Her research is oriented to establishing methods to quantify neurological change after injury and studying neuro-restorative methods to enhance and optimize function for those with neurological impairment. She is the Founder of her own company that manufactures the GRASSP; she acts as a consultant for neurological trials worldwide and has recently co-founded the Spine Therapy Network. Her additional interests include: outcome measurement, upper limb recovery, traumatic and non traumatic SCI, quantification of neurological disorders.

 

CesarMarquezChin_smallCesar Marquez-Chin, PhD

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Dr. Márquez-Chin is a Scientist . His research focuses on creating new technologies to restore the ability to move voluntarily after stroke and spinal cord injury. Central to his work is the development of systems that connect brains and machines directly which, when used as a therapeutic intervention, can help patients move again even in the most severe forms of paralysis. He also creates new low-cost robotic technologies and advanced alternate user interfaces that support patients and their service providers during physical and occupational rehabilitation.

 

Swati Mehta, PhD

Parkwood Institute, London, Ontario

 

Greta Mighty, RN BScN

MSN, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

 

Kristin Musselman, PT, PhD

University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Dr. Musselman is a Scientist at TRI-UHN. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Kristin’s research focus is on optimizing everyday functional movements, such as walking and reaching. This includes training effective balance reactions in adults with spinal cord injury, and studying whether wearable sensors can detect those at risk of falls. She also studies the effectiveness of functional electrical stimulation to improve arm function in young children with cerebral palsy.

 

Popovic Milos Popovic, PhD, P. Eng

University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Dr. Popovic is Associate Scientific Director, Research, at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network and the Toronto Rehab Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research. He is also a Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, as well as Senior Scientist and the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team Leader. His fields of expertise are functional electrical stimulation, neuroprostheses, neuro-rehabilitation, brain machine interfaces, modeling and control of linear and non-linear dynamic systems, robotics, and signal processing. His interests are in the areas of neuro-rehabilitation, physiological control systems, assistive technology, and brain machine interfaces.

 

John Steeves, PhD

Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, Vancouver General Hospital

 

Gale Whiteneck, PhD, FACRM

Craig Hospital

 

Nancy Xia, BSc

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

 

JoseZariffa_smallJosé Zariffa, PhD, P.Eng

University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Dr. Zariffa is a Scientist and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto and a Scientist in the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics team. José’s research focuses on developing technology for upper limb neurorehabilitation. For example, to evaluate the true impact of rehabilitation strategies on daily life, his team is developing a system to measure hand function at home using wearable cameras. Looking to the next generation of assistive technologies, he is learning how to intercept and interpret neural signals to create direct interfaces with the nervous system.

 

Heather Zimcik, MD CCFP

University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network