Congratulations to ICORD postdoctoral fellow Dr. Christopher West, who has won the 2013 Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation / Sell Fund of ASIA Young Investigator Award.
Dr. West is an experienced translational exercise physiologist who specializes in cardiorespiratory and autonomic assessment. He is a member of Dr. Andrei Krassioukov’s research group, and is studying the effects of cardiovascular exercise following SCI. His research also investigates the relationship between exercise capacity, autonomic function, sports classification and cardiovascular function in Paralympic athletes with SCI. He attended the London 2012 Paralympic Games to work with the International Paralympic Committee, and has been invited to sit on an expert panel on this subject in Canada.
The Sam Schmidt/Sell Fund Award is the result of a productive partnership between the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, a respected foundation dedicated to the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury, and the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), which has provided professional support to researchers and clinicians in the field of spinal cord injury medicine for 40 years. Established in 2009, the award is designed to encourage the research of early career investigators.