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Dr. E. Paul Zehr recommends Pro-Neck-Tor helmet for Dark Knight

July 19, 2012 • Vancouver, BCICORD Principal Investigator, Dr. E. Paul Zehr, is a world expert on the science of Batman. With the latest Batman movie, Dark Knight Rises, opening on July 20th, Scientific American posted an interesting and entertaining guest blog by the University of Victoria neuroscience professor, discussing the physical toll that would be exacted upon Batman throughout the course of his many and varied interactions with Evil Villains, and suggesting ways in which he could protect himself from serious damage. …

ICORD team heading to London Paralympics

July 9, 2012 • Vancouver, BC—CIHR-funded spinal cord researcher Dr. Andrei Krassioukov is taking a team to this year’s Paralympic Games in London, but instead of competing in sporting events, the ICORD scientists will be conducting research and providing wheelchair athletes with crucial information about cardiovascular health during training and competition. …

ICORD researchers help make fatherhood possible for men with spinal cord injury

June 13, 2012 • Vancouver, BC—While living with spinal cord injuries presents a number of challenges, it turns out a common concern for men is an age-old one: fatherhood. That’s why ICORD researcher Dr. Stacy Elliott has devoted her career to assisting BC men living with SCI in their journey to becoming biological fathers.  …

Cardiovascular health and spinal cord injury: the surprising truth

February 24, 2012 • Vancouver, BC— Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in people with spinal cord injury (SCI), who develop the chronic disease at younger ages and greater rates than the able-bodied population. This is a surprising fact — both for people who suffer a spinal cord injury, as well as their health caregivers, but a prestigious research grant promises to increase understanding and create healthier outcomes in this area. ICORD spinal cord research, Dr. Andrei Krassioukov has been awarded $1.9 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to investigate how exercise and education can improve the cardiovascular health of Canadians living with SCI. …

Canada Research Chair awarded to BC researcher improving mobility for people with disabilities

October 12, 2011 • Vancouver, BC— Dr. Jaimie Borisoff, a researcher with ICORD and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), has been named a Canada Research Chair for his work in Rehabilitation Engineering Design at BCIT.  Started in 2000 by the Federal Government, the awards are given to exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. The award of  $100,000 annually for five years will support Dr. Borisoff’s work in the research and development of assistive technology for people with disabilities. …

ICORD Neuroscientist explores what it takes to become comic book hero Ironman

September 15, 2011 • Vancouver, BC— Iron Man’s Tony Stark might seem an unlikely source of inspiration to a neuroscientist, but it was an early interest in comic books that led ICORD researcher, Dr. E. Paul Zehr, to work on understanding how the human nervous system controls our movements.  A lead researcher for ICORD, a BC-based world-leading centre for spinal cord research and treatment, and professor of Kinesiology and Neuroscience at the University of Victoria, Dr. Zehr has drawn on his interest in super heroes and his work on spinal cord rehabilitation to write Inventing Iron Man: The possibility of a human machine, published by John Hopkins University Press.  …

New UBC President visits ICORD

On August 29, marking the start of his third week in office, UBC President Santa Ono journeyed off campus to explore cutting-edge research being led by UBC researchers based at the Eye Care Centre and ICORD, both located on the Read More…

Project Superhero aims to inspire girls

Can fictional superheroes inspire and educate in the real world? Batgirl, Iron Man, and Thor might seem unlikely sources for communicating science, but ICORD researcher Dr. E. Paul Zehr has created a cottage industry using popular culture icons for just Read More…