Research InterestsCardiovascular health; Fainting; High altitude
Dr. Claydon is not accepting summer students for 2016.
In addition to the well-known motor and sensory consequences of spinal cord injury (SCI), cardiovascular pathways can also be affected, which can cause life-threatening problems in cardiovascular control. In fact, a leading cause of mortality in SCI patients is cardiovascular disease. Through her research, Dr. Claydon hopes to shed light on the mechanisms underlying cardiovascular dysfunction after SCI.
Dr. Claydon also studies the patterns of cardiovascular adaptation that occur in response to permanent residence at high altitude. These studies have important implications for the millions of people who live and work at high altitude.
Another area of interest concerns the mechanisms underlying fainting spells, where affected individuals experience unexplained loss of consciousness, and their optimal treatment and management.
Dr. Claydon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. She is also a Principal Investigator at ICORD.
Affiliation with organizations and societies:
- American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)
- American Autonomic Society
- Physiological Society
Some of Dr. Claydon’s recent major awards and accomplishments include:
- Travel Award (Physiological Society, 2011)
- New Investigator Award (Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, 2009)
- Best Paper Award for Excellence in Spinal Cord Injury (ASIA, 2006)
- Best Poster Award (American Paraplegia Society, 2005)
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Rick Hansen Man in Motion Research Foundation, 2005)
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship (National Health Services, 2001)
Current Lab Members
|Undergrad Students||M.Sc. Students||Ph.D. Students|
|Loryn Bohne||Vera-Ellen Lucci||Jessica Inskip|
Recent graduates include: Clare Protheroe (M.Sc.), Inderjeet Sahota (M.Sc.), Brett Shaw (M.Sc.), and Rianne Ravensbergen (Ph.D.), Kimiya Sabbaghan (B.Sc. Hons), Lindsay Ward (B.Sc. Hons), Anastasia Dikareva (B.Sc. Hons), Brett Shaw (B.Sc. Hons), Clare Protheroe (B.Sc. Hons).
|Kimiya Sabbaghan||Poster Presentation Award at the Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology 6th Annual Research Day (Simon Fraser University)|
|2010||Anastasia Dikareva||Best Poster by an undergraduate student (Disabilities Health Research Network)|
|Indejeet Sahota||Best poster by a master’s student (Disabilities Health Research Network)|
|2009||Inderjeet Sahota||Graduate Fellowship (Simon Fraser University)|
Current Opportunities in the Lab
Dr. Claydon is actively seeking graduate trainees at both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. Please contact Dr. Claydon with inquiries.
Dr. Claydon’s research program is supported by funding from the following agencies:
- Armstrong, KR et al.. 2017. Exercise and the multidisciplinary holistic approach to adolescent dysautonomia.. Acta Paediatr. doi: 10.1111/apa.13750.
- Chenliu, C et al.. 2016. Ischemia-reperfusion destabilizes rhythmicity in immature atrioventricular pacemakers: A predisposing factor for postoperative arrhythmias in neonate rabbits.. Heart Rhythm. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2016.07.022.
- Rianne Ravensbergen, HJ et al.. 2016. Is There an Association Between Markers of Cardiovascular Autonomic Dysfunction at Discharge From Rehabilitation and Participation 1 and 5 Years Later in Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury?. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.03.010.
- Shaw, BH, Loughin, TM, Robinovitch, SN, Claydon, VE. 2015. Cardiovascular responses to orthostasis and their association with falls in older adults.. BMC Geriatr. doi: 10.1186/s12877-015-0168-z.
- Cragg, JJ, Ravensbergen, HJ, Borisoff, JF, Claydon, VE. 2015. Optimal scaling of weight and waist circumference to height for adiposity and cardiovascular disease risk in individuals with spinal cord injury.. Spinal Cord. doi: 10.1038/sc.2014.165.