The overall goal of Dr. Zabjek’s translational program of research is to develop new tools, instruments and techniques that will promote the preservation and restoration of functional mobility in individuals who are living with a complex neuromusculoskeletal condition.

A limitation in mobility is estimated to influence 7.5 % of Canadians over the age of 15, and has potential profound negative consequences for the overall health and quality of life of the individual, and significant cost to the health care system. Emerging technology within the field of engineering and rehabilitation provides a unique opportunity to obtain a balanced perspective of how the individual interacts with their environment in the laboratory, clinical and community context, and what factors influence this relationship.

To address the problem of mobility, Dr. Zabjek has organised his ‘translational’ program of research along two distinct yet interconnected streams. These two streams of research are grounded in the principles of biomechanics and motor control and bridge the gap between basic science research and clinical practice.

The two primary streams of his program of research are:

Stream 1: Develop, evaluate and apply technological innovations to understand the determinants of mobility limitation as individuals living with a complex musculoskeletal or neurological condition interact with the environment.

Stream 2: Understand the structural and functional determinants of mobility limitation in individuals living with a complex skeletal deformity.