Dr. Jousse Lecture Series

Welcome to the new Dr. Albin T Jousse Lecture Series in collaboration with Best Practice Forum, which is sponsored by the Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory, the Spinal Cord Rehab Program, the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team, and Toronto Rehab.

The purpose of this lecture series is to provide a venue for scientists, physicians and clinicians working in rehab settings as well as students, consumers and their caregivers to share knowledge, present the latest research findings and participate in a dialogue on what it means to live with disability. The lectures will be 45 minute long followed by 15 minutes of questions.

Coordinator of the Dr. Albin T. Jousse Lecture Series is Professor José Zariffa. If you have any comments, concerns or would like to present please send us an email at jose.zariffa@utoronto.ca.

The series is currently in its 11th season.

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September 2017

Dr. Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan – Spontaneous Recovery and Opportunities for Neuro-Restoration

September 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lyndhurst Center – Lecture Rooms A & B, 520 Sutherland Drive
Toronto, Ontario M4G3V9 Canada
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Abstract As the demographic and profile of the traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) population changes, the approaches to treat the altering presentation of this disease must also evolve. The field…

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Dr. Thomas Janssen – Activating paralyzed muscle: necessary for optimal health?

September 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Toronto Rehab University Center – Basement Lecture Theatre, 550 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G2A2 Canada
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Abstract Individuals with a spinal cord injury (SCI) are commonly restricted to perform upper-body exercise, which, although beneficial in many ways, does not necessarily lead to optimal health. Inactivity of…

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October 2017

Susan Jaglal : Development and Validation of an Algorithm to Identify Cases of Non-traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Using Health Administrative Databases

October 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lyndhurst Center – Lecture Rooms A & B, 520 Sutherland Drive
Toronto, Ontario M4G3V9 Canada
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Abstract: In a number of developed countries the incidence of non-traumatic spinal cord disorder (NTSCD) is reported to be greater than that for traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI). Over the…

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November 2017

Dr. Sivakumar Gulasingam – Classification in Para Sports

November 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lyndhurst Center – Lecture Rooms A & B, 520 Sutherland Drive
Toronto, Ontario M4G3V9 Canada
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Talk Objectives: Current status of Para Sports Introduction to Para Sports Classification Conceptual Framework for Classification International Standards for Classification Classificatoin Pathway - Athlete and Classifier National and International Opportunities…

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December 2017

Andres Lozano – A proposal to treat patients with spinal cord injury by stimulating locomotor areas in the brainstem

December 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lyndhurst Center – Room B10, 520 Sutherland Drive, Room B10
Toronto, Ontario M4G3V9 Canada
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Abstract Disturbances in gait function are characteristic of a number of disorders including Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury. The introduction of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has allowed  its examination…

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January 2018

Brian Chan – Mo’ money, mo’ problems: economic analyses in spinal cord injury

January 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lyndhurst Center – Lecture Rooms A & B, 520 Sutherland Drive
Toronto, Ontario M4G3V9 Canada
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Abstract In a financially constraint health care environment, economic analyses are becoming increasingly important to health care administrators and decision-makers.  Unfortunately, the concepts, methods and application of health economics are…

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March 2018

Aimee J. Nelson – Changes in the organization of the motor cortex that follow incomplete spinal cord injury; insights for rehabilitative strategies

March 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lyndhurst Center – Lecture Rooms A & B, 520 Sutherland Drive
Toronto, Ontario M4G3V9 Canada
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Abstract Movement training for improving upper limb control is an essential component of rehabilitation for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Understanding the cortical representation of arm muscles in SCI…

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April 2018

Dr. Bastien Moineau – Development of a garment-based technology to deliver functional electrical stimulation after acquired neurological impairment

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lyndhurst Center – Lecture Rooms A & B, 520 Sutherland Drive
Toronto, Ontario M4G3V9 Canada
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Abstract Functional electrical stimulation (FES) has been used for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to retrain impaired neural circuits and regain compensatory uses of their paralyzed muscles (FES therapy).…

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July 2018

Anne Bryden – Advanced Assessment of the Upper Limb in Tetraplegia: A Three-Tiered Approach to Characterizing Paralysis

July 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lyndhurst Center – Lecture Rooms A & B, 520 Sutherland Drive
Toronto, Ontario M4G3V9 Canada
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Abstract Background:  More than half of all individuals who sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI) experience some degree of impairment in the upper limb. Functional use of the arm and…

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September 2018

Teresa Valenzano – Respiratory-Swallow Coordination in Spinal Cord Injury

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lyndhurst Center – Lecture Rooms A & B, 520 Sutherland Drive
Toronto, Ontario M4G3V9 Canada
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Abstract Respiratory-swallow coordination is vital for preventing the aspiration of foreign material into the airway. In healthy adults, respiration ceases during the expiratory phase of breathing for the duration of…

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