Research InterestsCardiovascular health; Fainting; High altitude
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 major awards and accomplishments include:
- Invited speaker, Translational Cardiac Arrhythmia Day, 18th November 2022. Title: Autonomic Conflict. (2022)
- Session Chair, Translational Cardiac Arrhythmia Day, 18th November 2022. Trainee Session. (2022)
- Robertson Plenary Lecture, Invited speaker, 33rd International American Autonomic Society Conference in Maui, Hawaii, USA. Title: Autonomic regulation in spinal cord injury. (2022)
- Session Chair, Symposium: Towards a solution for autonomic dysfunction (33rd International Symposium of the American Autonomic Society Virtual Meeting, 2022)
- Invited speaker, Simon Fraser University Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning. Title: Academic Integrity – tales from recent experience. (2022)
- 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
|Undergraduate Students||M.Sc. Students||Ph.D. Students||Postdoctoral Fellows||Research Staff|
|Ryan Wu*||Farhaan Khan*||Elin Sober-Williams*||Dr. Vera-Ellen Lucci||Maureen McGrath|
|Bianca Te*||Erin Williams||Matthew Dorton||Dr. Brooke Hockin||Janelle Pennington|
|Rebekah Lee||Normand Richard|
*indicates recent graduates
|2023||E. Sober-Williams||Best Poster Award, INCREASE BC conference|
|2023||E. Sober-Williams||Best Poster Award, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) Annual Research Meeting|
|2023||E.L. Williams||Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award, CAD $105,000|
|2023||Matthew Dorton||Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology Annual Research Day Poster Presentation Award|
|2023||Dr. Vera-Ellen Lucci||Best Poster Award, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) Annual Research Meeting (2023)|
|2023||Dr. Vera-Ellen Lucci||Best Poster Award, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) Trainee Symposium (2023), CDN $500|
|2023||Dr. Vera-Ellen Lucci||Best Poster Award, American Autonomic Society, Annual Meeting (2022), CAD $250|
|2023||Normand Richard||Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2023) (CAD $150,000)|
|2023||Rebekah Lee||Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award, CAD $105,000|
|2022-2023||Normand Richard||British Columbia Graduate Scholarship, SFU, Canada, CDN $15,000|
|2022-2023||Normand Richard||Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, SFU, Canada, CDN $5000|
|2022||Normand Richard||Travel and Minor Research Award, SFU, Graduate Studies, Canada, CDN $1000|
|2022||Rebekah Lee||Travel and Minor Research Award, SFU, Graduate Studies, Canada, CDN $850|
|2022||Rebekah Lee||Graduate Fellowship Research Award, SFU, Burnaby, Canada, CDN $6500|
|2022||E.L. Williams||Graduate Fellowship Research Award, SFU, Burnaby, Canada, CDN $6500|
|2022||E.L. Williams||1st place, Three-Minute Thesis competition at BPK Research Day|
|2022||E.L. Williams||People’s Choice Award, SFU Faculty of Science Three-Minute Thesis competition|
|2022||E.L. Williams||Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology Annual Research Day Poster Presentation Award|
|2021-2022||Rebekah Lee||TriCouncil Canada Graduate Student MSc CIHR award (2021-2022), CAD $35,000|
|2020-2022||E.L. Williams||TriCouncil Canada Graduate Student MSc CIHR award, CAD $36,000|
|2022||Dr. Vera-Ellen Lucci||CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship Award|
|2022||Dr. Vera-Ellen Lucci||MSFHR Research Trainee Award|
|2022||Raffaele Massarotto||Graduate Fellowship Research Award (2022), SFU, Burnaby, Canada, CDN $7000Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2023) (CAD $150,000)|
|2022||Allison Campbell||Graduate Fellowship Research Award, SFU, Burnaby, Canada, CDN $7000|
|2022||Matthew Dorton||International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) Trainee Travel Award (2022), CDN $1000|
|2022||Matthew Dorton||Graduate Fellowship Research Award (2022), SFU, Burnaby, Canada, CDN $7000|
|2022||Farhaan Khan||Graduate Fellowship Research Award (2022), SFU, Burnaby, Canada, CDN $6500|
|2022||Farhaan Khan||Selected Showcase Poster, American Autonomic Society (2022), Annual Meeting|
|2022||Dr. Brooke Hockin||Bastion of BPK Convocation Award (2022), Simon Fraser University|
|2022||Dr. Brooke Hockin||Graduate Travel and Minor Research Award (2022), SFU, Burnaby, Canada, CDN $850|
|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:
- Hutcheon, EA et al.. 2023. Comparing neuronal oscillations during visual spatial attention orienting between normobaric and hypobaric hypoxia.. Sci Rep. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-45308-8.
- Massarotto, RJ, Campbell, AJ, Kreiter, E, Claydon, VE, Cote, AT. 2023. Effects of Detraining on Left Ventricular Mass in Endurance-Trained Individuals: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.. Eur J Prev Cardiol. doi: 10.1093/eurjpc/zwad327.
- Dorton, MC, Kramer, JK, de Groot, S, Post, MWM, Claydon, VE. 2023. Relationships between cardiovascular disease risk, neuropathic pain, mental health, and autonomic function in chronic spinal cord injury.. Spinal Cord. doi: 10.1038/s41393-023-00933-y.
- Lucci, VM, Parsons, IT, Hockin, BCD, Claydon, VE. 2023. Evaluation of stroke volume estimation during orthostatic stress: the utility of Modelflow.. Blood Press Monit. doi: 10.1097/MBP.0000000000000671.
- Hockin, BCD et al.. 2023. Pain associated with intravascular instrumentation reduces orthostatic tolerance and predisposes to vasovagal reactions in healthy young adults without needle phobia: a randomised controlled study.. Clin Auton Res. doi: 10.1007/s10286-023-00972-8.