Research

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2 Early Detection and Prevention of Deep Pressure Sores

Wheelchair-users and bed-ridden individuals are at high risk of developing pressure sores. Pressure sores can develop at the surface of the skin due to multiple factors including abrasions, moisture and poor nutrition. Sores can also develop from the inside-out as a result of deep tissue necrosis (death) and can cause massive tissue damage prior to exhibiting clear skin signs. The goals of this project are two fold: developing tools that would allow for early detection of deep tissue death and preventing the death of deep tissue by enhancing the oxygenation level at high risk regions that are susceptible to necrosis.

Reduction of Spasticity after Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke

Spasticity is a very debilitating side-effect of spinal cord injury and stroke. It can lead to uncontrolled spasms and compromise the efficiency of residual voluntary function. This project focuses on obtaining a better understanding of the mechanisms of spasticity using computer modeling, and developing surface electrical stimulation and training paradigms that would reduce spasticity in individuals with spinal cord injury and stroke. Our aim is to achieve this reduction in excitability without suppressing muscle facilitation.

Recent Publication is Top 10

Sherif received his PhD 2006. Sherif’s paper (ElBasiouny et al.) is one of the top 10 most downloaded articles from the Journal of Physiology

Additional Information on FES Research at the University of Alberta

Dave Collins, PhD

Engineering Research For Spinal Cord Injury