This team of researchers has the unique expertise to examine the impact of muscle exertion as it pertains to daily activities and rehabilitation from a broad spectrum ranging from the cellular level to healthy related quality of life. Physical activity can compensate or slow the progression of certain diseases, however, many basic questions related to cause-and-effect and optimizing activity/exercise prescription remain unanswered.
Each team member has independently investigated research questions related to respiratory and systemic dysfunction in patient populations with compromised neuromuscular performance extending from chronic fatigue syndrome to COPD. These conditions share both mechanisms of dysfunction and outcomes measures to evaluate impairment and treatment.
The combined expertise of this team of researchers is well-poised to examine the contribution of muscle fatigue and blood flow of the exercising limb and inspiratory muscles to activity, function, and health related quality of life in patients with neuromuscular, respiratory and sleep disorders. Further, they have and are currently involved in determining underlying mechanisms and clinical outcome measures of poor exercise and muscle performance. Lastly, several of the researchers have been involved in systematic reviews, formulating clinical practice guidelines, and evaluating change of practice as a result of the new guidelines.
W. Darlene Reid, BMR, PhD
Chair & Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Department of Physical Therapy 160-500 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7
Lab: Rehabilitation Aimed at Muscle Performance (RAMP)
Dina Brooks, Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Pat Camp, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia
Jordan Guenette, Assistant Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia
Sunita Mathur, Assistant Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Jeremy Road, Professor, Division of Respiratory Medicine, University of British Columbia
Babak Shadgan, Research Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Centre, University of British Columbia
Bill Sheel, Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia
Eli Forti, Visiting Scientist
Leandro Bonetti, Visiting Scientist
Lua Melo, PDF
Masa Hanada, Visiting Scientist, Nagasaki University
Syed Ahmed Hassan, MSc Student
Yi-Wen Chen, PhD Candidate