Dr. Vivian Mushahwar is the Director of the SMART Network. She is also
a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Functional Restoration and a Professor
in the Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.
Her work focuses on developing intelligent wearable and implantable neural prostheses that restore mobility and prevent secondary complications.
She also focuses on developing creative rehabilitation interventions that are
both efficacious and cost-saving. She pioneered the development of micro-implants for stimulating the spinal cord in restoring standing and walking after paralysis,
as well as the development of the wearable garments, Smart-e-Pants and the SOCC, for preventing pressure injuries and deep vein thrombosis.