Spinal stiffness, swallow detection algorithms and supportive garments for individuals with obesity

Rehabilitation Research Centre hosted its third annual Research Day

Erica Yeung - 14 June 2017

The Rehabilitation Research Centre at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine hosted its third annual Rehabilitation Research Day on Friday, June 9. Thesis-based graduate students had the opportunity to present their research and results to peers and faculty members.

"Rehabilitation Research Day is an opportunity for graduate students and faculty to learn from and about their colleagues and their research," says Trish Manns, associate dean, graduate studies at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. "It's a chance to discover and interact with others who are interested in research questions related to rehabilitation."

The event was attended by more than 50 people and was held at Corbett Hall at the University of Alberta.

The morning consisted of eight-minute oral presentations given by 12 graduate students from the faculty, followed by three-minute question periods from the audience. Poster presentations by 26 graduate students followed in the afternoon.

Undergraduate summer research students from faculties across campus, including Medicine and Dentistry, and Engineering and Science, were also present to take in the event as part of their summer camp program. Research Day provides them with an opportunity to network and gain experience in an academic setting.

Prizes were given out in the following categories:

Oral Presentations:

1st place:

Peter Jun: Spinal stiffness assessment with simultaneous magnetic resonance imaging: A feasibility study to determine how various spinal tissues contribute to spinal stiffness measures.

Tied for 2nd place:

Teresa Hardy: Relating communication characteristics to measures of gender attribution: Studies to inform communication feminization training.

Dorit Redlich-Amirav: In the face of a conflict area: Mothers' experiences of hope alongside adult children struggling with mental illnesses.


1st place:

Kristina Kuffel: Evaluating the performance of a swallow detection algorithm designed for head and neck cancer patients in the stroke population.

Honourable Mention:

Yilina Liubaoerjijin: The impact of a supportive garment on walking economy in individuals with obesity.

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