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Isabelle Robidoux: Leading Progress in SCI Through Research

Physiotherapist Isabelle Robidoux has seen first-hand the positive impact of collaborative spinal cord injury research initiatives, led and managed by the Rick Hansen Institute.

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Ginette Thibault-Halman: SCI Researcher Making a Difference


Ginette Thibault-Halman is a difference maker of a different kind. As a scientific research coordinator in the Division of Neurosurgery at Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre in Halifax, she has a front row seat to witness the impact of spinal cord injury and the benefits of today’s research.

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Interview with Orthopaedics professor and researcher, Bonita Sawatzky, Part 2

Bonnie Sawatzky

Researcher and teacher Bonita (Bonnie) Sawatzky is passionate about all things wheeled, and making research practical. An Associate Professor in Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia, in the Spine Division; and a Principal Investigator at ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries), she focuses on the physiological and biomechanical effects of wheelchair propulsion to decrease pain, fatigue and long-term overuse injuries, in adults and children. She also help to bring together therapists, engineers, student and physicians, from around the world, to present ideas, innovations and research to improve mobility at the bi-annual International Seating Symposium.

In this second of a two part interview, she talks about her work on a ‘smart’ chair, unexpected research findings, and the importance of teaching medical students new ways of thinking.

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Interview with Orthopaedics professor and researcher, Bonita Sawatzky, Part 1

Researcher and teacher Bonita (Bonnie) Sawatzky is passionate about all things wheeled, and making research practical. An Associate Professor in Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia, in the Spine Division; and a Principal Investigator at ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries), she focuses on the physiological and biomechanical effects of wheelchair propulsion to decrease pain, fatigue and long-term overuse injuries, in adults and children. She also help to bring together therapists, engineers, student and physicians, from around the world, to present ideas, innovations and research to improve mobility at the bi-annual International Seating Symposium.

In this first of a two part interview, she talks about becoming a researcher, and the quest for inventive mobility solutions.

 

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Q&A with University of Alberta researcher, Jaynie Yang

Jaynie Yang has a passion for the complex systems at play in brain and body work that enables humans to walk. A professor and researcher at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - the only free-standing faculty of rehabilitation in Canada and a research leader in musculoskeletal health, spinal cord injuries and common spinal disorders – she is focused on teaching some people with spinal cord injury how to walk again.

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