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Dr. Sandra Hundza

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Principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Department of Exercise Science, University of Victoria
Adjunct Professor, Island Medical Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Victoria

Research Interests

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Dr. Hundza is interested in the neural control of human movement, including motor rehabilitation after injury and with disease and aging. She studies the coordination of the limbs and the body during such rhythmic movements as walking or cycling and the implications this has for balance control. She also examines what types of changes occur in the neural control of movement as people age or after SCI.

Dr. Hundza is a Principal Investigator at ICORD, an Assistant Professor in the School of Exercise Science at the University of Victoria, and an Adjunct Professor for the Island Medical Program at the University of Victoria.

The goal of Dr. Hundza’s work is to provide the thorough understanding of how the nervous system controls walking and balance which is needed to develop new rehabilitation therapies. She is examining different locomotor training therapies for use after SCI.

Major Findings:

Dr. Hundza helped show that rhythmic movement of the arms may influence people’s ability to walk because of the way our arms and legs are linked through neural networks during rhythmic motion.

Recently, Dr. Hundza showed that as the cadence of rhythmic arm movement increases, the neural communication between arms and legs increases. This results in a tighter link between the limbs, which keeps them more coordinated at higher speeds of movement.

Techniques employed in the lab:

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Electromyography
  • Treadmill

Affiliation with organizations and societies:

  • CanAssist Program

Current Lab Members

Masters Students Ph.D. Students Post-Doctoral Fellows
Amit Gaur Drew Commandeur
Melody Burogyne Sam Blades

Trainee Awards

Year Name Award
2013 Drew Commandeur
  • Undergraduate CSEP Award; Health Professions Award (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
  • Jamie Cassels Research Award (University of Victoria)
Iris Loots
  • Heath Professions Award (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
  • Jamie Cassels Research Award (University of Victoria)
Michael Slater Jamie Cassels Research Award (University of Victoria)
2012 Ryan Brodie Masters Student Award (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)

Current Opportunities in the Lab

Please contact Dr. Hundza with inquiries.

Videos

Watch Dr. Sandra Hundza give a brief description of her research focuses.

Recent publications

  • Halliday, DWR et al.. 2018. Mean and variability in functional brain activations differentially predict executive function in older adults: an investigation employing functional near-infrared spectroscopy.. Neurophotonics. doi: 10.1117/1.NPh.5.1.011013.
  • Halliday, DWR et al.. 2017. Comparing executive function, evoked hemodynamic response, and gait as predictors of variations in mobility for older adults.. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2017.1325453.
  • Nakajima, T, Mezzarane, RA, Hundza, SR, Komiyama, T, Zehr, EP. 2014. Convergence in reflex pathways from multiple cutaneous nerves innervating the foot depends upon the number of rhythmically active limbs during locomotion.. PLoS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104910.
  • Domingo, A, Klimstra, M, Nakajima, T, Lam, T, Hundza, SR. 2014. Walking phase modulates H-reflex amplitude in flexor carpi radialis.. J Mot Behav. doi: 10.1080/00222895.2013.854731.
  • Nakajima, T et al.. 2013. Neural mechanisms influencing interlimb coordination during locomotion in humans: presynaptic modulation of forearm H-reflexes during leg cycling.. PLoS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0076313.
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