Speaker Profiles

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Gerald S. Bilsky, MD

Dr. Gerald Bilsky has been practicing Physiatry for over 25 years. He is currently on staff at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. He has served as the Outpatient Medical Director as well as Associate Medical Director of Brain Injury Services. He is a clinical assistant professor at the Emory University School of Medicine. He co-chairs the Ethics Committee at Shepherd Center. Dr. Bilsky has spoken locally and nationally regarding the use of Intrathecal Baclofen and is involved in its research and therapy. Dr. Bilsky graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and then from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester. Dr. Bilsky’s current practice at Shepherd Center focuses on patients with Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury. He is also a devoted chocoholic.

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Anthony S. Burns, MD

Anthony S. Burns graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1994, then completed combined residency training in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore – Johns Hopkins University (1994 – 1999), followed by a spinal cord injury (SCI) fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1999 – 2000). He is a past participant in the National Institutes of Health funded Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program. From 2000 – 2007, he was Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA; and adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA. Since 2007, Dr. Burns has held a clinical appointment in the Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program of the University Health Network – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the largest program of its kind in Canada. He is also an Associate Professor in the Division of Physiatry, University of Toronto. His clinical and research interests focus on the clinical management of spinal cord injury and related secondary complications.

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Susan Charlifue, PhD, FISCoS, FACRM

Susan Charlifue, PhD, FISCoS, FACRM

 

 

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John F. Ditunno, Jr. M.D.

John F. Ditunno, Jr. M.D.

 

 

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Karen Ethans

Karen Ethans

 

 

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

Dr. Furlan is a staff neurologist and a Clinician Investigator in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the SCI Rehabilitation Program at the Lyndhurst Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto. He recently completed five years of residency training in Adult Neurology at University of Toronto in June 2014. Most recently he completed a two-year clinical fellowship in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Sunnybrook Hospital and the University of Toronto (2014 to June 2016).

Dr Furlan has extensive training and research expertise. He is a trained head and neck surgeon from Brazil, who holds a MBA degree in Health Administration, an MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology, and a PhD degree in Neuroanatomy. In the past, Dr. Furlan has worked as an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Genetics and Development, Toronto Western Research Institute, University Health Network from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Furlan has also been an Adjunct Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network from 2009-2016, inclusive.

Dr Furlan´s research has been focused on outcome measures (including clinical assessments, neuroimaging analysis, and neurophysiological assessments) and predictors of outcome (including sex and age) after traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury. In addition he has interest and expertise in autonomic dysfunction after spinal cord injury and economic analyses. Dr. Furlan has published 75 peer-reviewed papers and 14 book chapters, and received 43 awards over the past 15 years.

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Dany Gagnon, PT, PhD

Dany Gagnon, PT, PhD is an associate professor at the School of Rehabilitation at the Université de Montréal and a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR). His research work predominantly focuses on the assessment and training of various functional mobility activities (e.g. transfers, wheelchair propulsion, and walking) among individuals with sensorimotor impairments. His research work also involves the use of various biomechanical (e.g. kinematics, kinetics, electromyography, dynamometry), physiological (e.g. cardiorespiratory requirements) and imaging approaches (e.g. quantitative imaging Ultrasonography) or of novel rehabilitation technologies. He is the co-Director of the Pathokinesiology Laboratory of the CRIR located at the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montreal which is an installation of the CIUSSS CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l’ile-de-Montréal. He co-chairs the Initiative for the Development of New Technologies and Practices in Rehabilitation funded by the LRH Foundation and co-lead the Rehabilitation Interventions for Individuals with a SCI in the Community research team funded by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network. He was recently awarded a John R. Evans Leaders Fund by the Canada Foundation for Innovation to support a research infrastructure to enable new scientific advances on wearable robotic exoskeleton systems for overground walking.

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Indira S.Lanig, MD

Indira S.Lanig MD is a past president of the American Paraplegia Society (APS) and a recipient of both the APS Estin Comarr Distinguished Clinical Service Award and the APS Special Recognition Award for leadership, vision, and commitment. Her focused interests are in health promotion and healthcare disparity issues for individuals with SCI/D. Over her 30 year career, Dr. Lanig has practiced in both the academic and the private sectors, including her position as Chief of the SCI Service at the Houston VAMC while on faculty at Baylor College of Medicine; her 21 year tenure at Craig Hospital in Englewood CO; and in her capacity as Medical Director of Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital, in Johnstown CO.

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Jirapat LikitlersuangLikitlersuang

Jirapat Likitlersuang is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He previously received a B.A.Sc. in engineering science, with a biomedical engineering major at the University of Toronto.

He is interested in the field of rehabilitation engineering. Specific areas of interest are the development of novel assistive devices and the evaluation of treatments for children and adults living with a disability. He has worked on various biomedical projects in collaboration with scientists, engineers, and clinicians. As an undergraduate, he worked to develop a tracking microscope to examine neuronal activity in C. elegans. He also worked on an automatic rehabilitation assessment system for upper limbs, as well as educational tools that teach high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder how to safely cross the road. In collaboration with scientists at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, he helped to develop a portable pressure sensor device that can be used to examine the biomechanics of mobility assistive devices. Currently, he is working to develop a wearable system capable of monitoring hand function for adults with upper limb dysfunction at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network.

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Bastien MoineauMoineau, PhD

Dr. Moineau is a postdoctoral fellow in the Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory under the supervision of Pr Milos R Popovic. His main focus is on the development of efficient intervention for individuals with spinal cord injury, through use of functional electrical stimulation. As a trained caregiver, he is particularly sensitive to the health-related quality of life and wish to bring to the end-users solutions that can positively affect their functional abilities and independence. As a physiotherapist with a PhD degree, his main goal is to bridge the gap between patients’ needs, latest researchers’ discoveries, and industry. During his PhD in France, he led such tripartite collaboration between a hospital, a University laboratory and an industrial partner in a project developing new diagnostic tool for people with lower-limb amputation.

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Cindi M Morshead, PhD

Dr. Morshead did her PhD at the University of Toronto and joined the faculty in the Department of Surgery in 2003. She is currently a tenured Professor and Chair of the Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery. She is a faculty member in the Institute of Medical Science, the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and the Rehabilitation Science Institute. Dr. Morshead’s expertise is in stem cell biology and specifically, in the field of adult neural stem cells. Her lab is interested in exploring fundamental questions regarding the behaviour and characterization of neural stem cells and applying this knowledge to regenerative medicine strategies. Her team is actively pursuing the role of stem cells in models of neurodegenerative disease such as stroke, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury. Her work is funded by CIHR, NSERC, Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Medicine by Design, Krembil Foundation, Brain Canada and the Ontario Brain Institute.

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Elizabeth Sumitro

Elizabeth Sumitro

 

 

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Shane N. Sweet, PhDSweet

I am assistant professor at McGill University since August of 2013. The overarching goal of my program of research is to enhance the lives of adults, whether healthy or living with chronic conditions/disease (e.g., adults spinal cord injury), by understanding and promoting physical activity and well-being and engaging community members. My program of research is therefore guided by three pillars: 1. Understand: The purpose of this pillar is to understand physical activity participation and well-being by applying, testing and integrating theory, developing conceptual models and tracking changes over time. Research within this pillar is categorized by two streams: physical activity and well-being. 2. Promote: In this pillar, I look to increase physical activity and related constructs and enhance well-being through the two streams: persuasive messaging and intensive interventions. 3. Engage: The objective of this pillar is to incorporate the community in research, co-construct research with community, inform key end-users of the results and evaluate knowledge translation initiatives. As a result, consumer engagement and knowledge translation research are the two streams imbedded within this pillar. My ongoing research on spinal cord injury (SCI) research focuses on strategies to enhance participation among adults with SCI and on understanding SCI community-based peer mentorship. My SCI peer mentorship research will be the focus of this workshop. Specifically, I am attempting to understand how community-based peer mentorship impacts the lives and well-being of adults with SCI by using theories as a guide. I have received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to conduct this research.

 

 

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Nancy Xia

Nancy Xia completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in 2011. She has been working for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario for over six years, providing resource and education to people in the spinal cord injury community. Nancy obtained her SCI fourteen years ago at the age of 18. Neuropathic pain and other secondary complications impact her on a regular basis.  She has taken part in several advisory panels providing insights as someone who lives with a spinal cord injury. Nancy also works as an artist doing pet portraits and book cover designs

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