TRI Research Day 2019

RELEARN Lab PhD students Sarah Gregor and Lucas Crosby presented their work at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Research Day 2019. Great work!

Sarah’s poster was titled “Structuring a Dance Program for People with Stroke” and provides practical recommendations for how to best structure dance programs to optimize their success.

Lucas’ poster was titled “Beat Perception and Production Abilities Affect Responsiveness of Temporal Gait Asymmetry to Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation Following Stroke” and showed that a group of individuals who are better able to perceive or produce rhythms had immediate improvements in walking symmetry when walking to a rhythmic cue compared to those with poor rhythmic abilities.

MyHealth: Science of Movement

On February 2nd, 2019 we are teaming up with MyHealth & the Muscle Function and Performance lab to teach students in grades 4–12 about the science of movement! Participants will see innovative and exciting research techniques in action.

If you or someone you know is interested, contact maye.health@gmail.com by Jan 30th, 2019 to register.

Congratulation to Mr. Conor Sheridan!

Conor successfully defended his Masters thesis on June 25th. Conor’s thesis “Longitudinal Spatiotemporal Analysis of Gait after Traumatic Brain Injury and an Assessment of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation as a Gait Training Technique” will help the understanding of mobility complications following TBI and alternative treatment methods. The RELEARN lab wants to wish Conor the best of luck as he starts medical school in the fall.

Relearn Lab in rehabINK

Members of the Relearn lab recently published two articles in rehabINK, the online peer-reviewed magazine at the University of Toronto. rehabINK strives to inspire the rehabilitation science community through student-led, research-driven perspectives, and our members were thrilled to have their worked showcased in the Winter Issue!

Graduate students Conor Sheridan and Lucas Crosby coauthored a commentary piece on the use of rhythmic auditory stimulation to rehabilitate walking ability after neurologic injury such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease. Emphasis is placed on type of stimulation that can be used – fixed tempo that gets patients to walk to a steady constant beat – or variable tempo beat that adapts to the patients walking pattern closely mimicking that variation of strides we observe in everyday walking through busy environments. What may be the most beneficial way to get individuals back to stepping on cue? Check out this link to read further!

Dr Kara Patterson authored Issue 4’s exclusive Faculty Piece, where she discusses the early stages of using dance in rehabilitation for people after stroke. Not only does dance have physical benefits, it improves mood, motivation, and prosocial behaviours like cooperation and connectedness. Dr. Patterson takes us through the feasibility dance program we ran last year, and explains why we are encouraged to begin a randomized controlled trial to investigate the effects of a dance program for people with chronic stroke. To read more follow this link!