Dr. Kim Adams is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her background is Electrical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, and works in the area of assistive technology for children who have physical and communicative impairments.
In her clinical research stream she applies commercial assistive technology and assistive robots for children with physical disabilities to engage in play and learning activities. In her technical research stream the focus is on the development of technology interfaces and manipulators. This stream incorporates brain control interfaces and haptic feedback in robots, with the goal to make robots and other technology as easy to use as possible by children to perform their play activities.
Dr. Çagri Ayranci obtained his undergraduate and Master's degrees from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Ottawa. His Master's thesis was on the instrumentation of reinforced concrete structures using long gage strain sensors. He obtained his PhD degree from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Alberta (U of A) on the analytical and experimental investigation of 2-dimensionally braided composite materials.
Following his PhD, he joined the research group of Dr. Frank Ko at the Materials Engineering Department of the University of British Columbia (UBC) as a Postdoctoral fellow. His work at the UBC focused on shape memory polymers and shape memory polymer composites as part of multifunctional composite structures, light-weight armour design for military applications, and two- and three-dimensionally braided composites.
Dr. Ayranci has joined the Mechanical Engineering Department of the U of A as an Assistant Professor on January 2012, and became an Associate Professor in July 2018, where he continues his research on braided composite materials, shape memory polymers and their composites, and additive manufacturing under the broad area of Multifunctional Fibrous Composite Materials.
Dr. Ayranci also has a great interest in formation of sub-micron(nano) diameter (solid, hollow, and core-shell) fibres and fibre mats using electro-spinning technique. Finally, a large portion of his work is dedicated to design, manufacture, characterization and modelling of multifunctional composite materials and 4D printed materials produced using Additive Manufacturing technique.
Dr. Armin Badre graduated from the University of Alberta (U ofA) Faculty of Medicine in 2012. He then completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training at the University of Alberta in 2017. Upon graduation, he went to the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC), a world-renowned upper extremity specialized centre, to subspecialize in the management of complex elbow, hand, and wrist reconstruction and trauma. While at HULC, he also completed a Master of Science in Surgery focused on elbow biomechanics under the supervision of Drs. Graham King and Jim Johnson.
Dr. Badre joined the Western Upper Limb Facility (WULF) at Sturgeon Hospital in 2019. His clinical practice is focused on the management of various elbow, hand, and wrist conditions including arthroscopy, arthroplasty, and upper extremity trauma.
Dr. Badre has an academic appointment with the U of A Faculty of Medicine and is involved with the teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows. He is quite keen on the advancement of knowledge through high-quality clinical and biomechanical research and is currently the research lead at WULF. He has published his work in a number of prestigious journals and presented at various national and international scientific meetings.
Dr. Pierre Boulanger has a double appointment as a Professor at the University of Alberta, Department of Computing Science, and at the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging. He is currently the Director of the Advanced
Man-Machine Interface Laboratory (AMMI) as well as the Scientific Director of the SERVIER Virtual Cardiac Centre. In 2013, Dr. Boulanger was awarded the CISCO chair in healthcare solutions, a ten years investment by CISCO systems in the development of new IT technologies for healthcare in Canada.
His main research topics are on the development of new techniques for telemedicine, patient-specific modeling using sensor fusion, and the application of telepresence technologies to medical training, simulation, and collaborative diagnostics. Dr. Boulanger is also the CTO and founder of Naiad Lab Inc., a company specialized in the applications of virtual clinics.
Dr. Bo Cao is trained in mathematics (BSc), psychology (MSc), computational neuroscience (PhD), neuroimaging and psychiatry (postdoc). He has a strong passion for understanding the fundamental mechanisms of how the brain works and how to cure the brain when the mechanisms are disturbed.
As the Canada Research Chair in Computational Psychiatry (Tier 2), he aims to develop translational tools that can provide accurate and personalized diagnosis and treatment optimization for mental disorders.
Dr. Craig Chapman is a cognitive neuroscientist who is fascinated by the way we move. His work is motivated by a simple idea: to watch someone move is to watch them think.
In his lab, Dr. Chapman uses a detailed analysis of sensorimotor processing that integrates eye-tracking, electroencephalography (EEG) and motion-tracking, and has shown that a decision about making a movement doesn’t end once the movement is initiated, but continues until the movement is complete. This means that movements provide a window into deciding and thinking, and that movement recording is a powerful research tool for science and diagnostic tool for medicine.
Dr. Hyun-Joong Chung is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. He received BSc from KAIST and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, he worked for three years as a senior engineer at Samsung Display in Korea, where he contributed in developing prototype large-area OLED TVs, followed by a postdoctoral training on stretchable electronics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Currently, he leads an interdisciplinary research program on understanding physicochemical properties of gels and elastomers with or without functional additives and reinforcements, as well as on translating fundamental understanding to energy and biomedical device applications. His significant contributions include key studies on the role of jamming nanoparticles in phase-separating polymer blends; his works on oxide semiconductors and wearable devices which have been highly recognized by international information display and flexible electronics communities.
His 68 peer-reviewed papers and 11 patents were cited over 10,000 times (h-index 35). He is a recipient of the 2015 Hanwha Co. Non-Tenured Faculty Award. He has supervised 5 PhD students, 14 MSc students and 4 PDFs over 8 years of his professorship.
Dr. Matthew Churchward is an Assistant Professor in Biology at Concordia University of Edmonton and coordinates research with Dr. Kathryn Todd of the Department of Psychiatry at University of Alberta.
His research focuses on the relationship between glial cells and brain health, and the divergence of inflammation as either a repair mechanism or damage mechanism after injury to the brain. Within the SMART Network Matthew is also interested in evaluating the biological response to both injuries and devices, and strategies to improve biocompatibility at the interface between implanted devices and the nervous system.
Dr. Christopher Dennison's research is in the area of biomechanics and biomedical instrumentation and focuses on understanding mechanisms of traumatic injury in contexts spanning civilian life, sports and defence. The application areas for this work are protection devices including head-gear and body armour. His group collaborates with professional sport leagues, protection equipment manufacturers, and defence scientists.
Dr. Dennison is active in North American and International standards organizations that focus on engineered testing approaches for protective gear. Dr. Dennison is a member of the scientific review committee of the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury. His group applies in vivo, ex vivo, in vitro and in silico approaches.
Dr. Lindsay Eales (pronouns: she/they) is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Lindsay's research interests include: qualitative methodologies, particularly research-creation and arts-based research; mad studies, critical disability studies, disability justice and social justice; and trauma-informed practices that are intersectional, anti-pathologizing, anti-oppressive, and affirming.
They are a registered occupational therapist (AB) with over 20 years of specialized training in inclusive arts and event production, including training with leading integrated and disability dance practitioners around the world. Lindsay is also committed to service work that centers social justice and meaningful engagements with equity, diversity, and inclusion. They work to mobilize art, including dance, performance, installation, and video, to create and share research knowledges in accessible, evocative, and transformative ways.
Dr. Keith Fenrich is a Research Associate and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta.
His research focuses on the pathophysiology of spinal cord injury in relation to the dynamic cellular interactions that occur after spinal cord injury; promoting functional recovery after spinal cord injury using pharmacological approaches in combination with rehabilitative training to enhance therapeutic neuroplasticity; and developing new methods and devices to better study and administer rehabilitative training after spinal cord injury.
Dr. Fenrich has spun off 3FT Reach Inc.
Dr. Giovanni Ferrara graduated in Medicine, at the University of Chieti, Italy. He received his specialist training in Respiratory Disease and his PhD in Experimental Medicine at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He was a visiting researcher at the New York University, during his PhD. His work focused on immunology and new immunologic tests for tuberculosis, and on rare pulmonary disease.
He received the title of Associate Professor while he was working both clinically and in research at the Karolinska University Hospital and at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. While in Sweden, he became the chairman of the Swedish Registry for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, an innovative platform with patient interface for the collection of patient reported outcome measures.
Currently, at the University of Alberta, he continues his research in TB and rare pulmonary disease. He has a special interest in the validating and implementing wearable devices and digital solutions in the treatment of respiratory diseases.
Dr. Richard Fox is originally from a farm in Ottawa Valley. He obtained his undergraduate degree in education at Queen’s University, medicine at University of Toronto, neurosurgery residency at University of Alberta ( U of A), and fellowship in spinal neurosurgery with Dr. Sanford Larson at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Currently, he is a neurosurgeon and a clinical professor of surgery at the U of A and Chairman of Canadian Spine Research and Education Fund. He is also collaborating with SMART Network Director, Dr. Vivian Mushahwar on a functional spinal cord stimulation project. His other ongoing projects include development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatible portable spinal traction board, and use of vibration for patency in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) shunts and external drain systems.
Dr. Fox's interests include surgical education, spinal cord injury, and medical device development, and unreliable old English motor vehicles. He is also a past President of the Canadian Spine Society.
After earning a PhD from Stanford, Dr. Russ Greiner worked in both academic and industrial research before settling at the University of Alberta, where he is now a Professor in Computing Science and the founding Scientific Director of the Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning (now Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute), which won the ASTech Award for "Outstanding Leadership in Technology" in 2006. He has been Program Chair for the 2004 "International Conference on Machine Learning", Conference Chair for 2006 "International Conference on Machine Learning", Editor-in-Chief for "Computational Intelligence", and is serving on the editorial boards of a number of other journals.
He was elected a Fellow of the AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) in 2007, and was awarded a McCalla Professorship in 2005-06 and a Killam Annual Professorship in 2007. He has published over 200 refereed papers and patents, most in the areas of machine learning and knowledge representation, including 4 that have been awarded Best Paper prizes. The main foci of his current work are (1) bioinformatics and medical informatics; (2) learning and using effective probabilistic models and (3) formal foundations of learnability.
Dr. Gosgnach is an Associate Professor of physiology, expertise: Neural circuits composed of multiple interneuron cell types located in the central nervous system (CNS) are responsible for generating many simple rhythmic behaviors in mammals.
The lab uses a molecular genetic approach to identify distinct populations of interneurons that comprise these circuits, anatomical techniques to investigate their network connectivity, and physiological/behavioral techniques to determine the specific function of these neural circuits during behavior. These studies provide key information regarding the development and function of neural circuits within the CNS, and may help to devise therapies aimed at enhancing function after brain/spinal cord injury.
Douglas Gross is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta (U of A). He is also Director of the Rehabilitation Research Centre, a research consulting organization at the U of A. Doug’s research focuses on preventing disability in people with physical and mental health disorders. This includes investigating effectiveness of clinical and public health interventions, barriers to return-to-work, and validity of assessment/triage strategies such as use of clinical decision support tools.
He has given numerous national and international presentations and published over 110 articles and chapters. He has contributed to research projects totaling over $9 million, and his teams have been the recipients of several recent awards for research excellence.
Dr. Ehsan Hashemi is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta. He is the principal investigator of the Networked Optimization, Diagnosis, and Estimation (NODE) laboratory.
His research focuses on cooperative autonomous systems, networked control systems, human-autonomy interaction, robot perception, and biomechatronics, with direct applications in reliable and safe human-robot controls, state estimation, and decision making in rehabilitative and intelligent assistive technologies.
Dr. Chester Ho is a clinician, researcher and health services administrator in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation. His focus is health services delivery, as well as the management and rehabilitation of complications following SCI, such as pressure injuries and the use of functional electrical stimulation in the promotion of function and mobility. Another major focus of his work is on the implementation of evidence-based treatments such as functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling for exercise training after SCI.
He has created a regional program for the use of functional electrical stimulation cycling that spans from the inpatient rehabilitation setting to the community in Calgary, Alberta, and is in the process of creating international, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the use of FES cycling after SCI, which will facilitate further clinical adoption of this treatment.