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Lab Exchanges

Our Origins of Balance and Falls Research Cluster was able to provide travel awards to help fund trainees and postdocs to travel to a cluster affiliated lab in order to learn techniques and/or collect pilot data in support of collaborative research on balance and falls.

Below are the lucky receipients of the awards:

Alexandra Korall 

Alexandra is a post doctoral fellow training under the supervision of Dr. Kathryn Sibley. Alexandra’s interests lie in conducting independent and collaborative research to advance the science and practice of knowledge translation (KT) as it pertains to the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries among older adults. She has been awarded a travel award to visit Dr. Dawn Mackey’s Aging and Population Health Lab at SFU. 

Jean-Philippe Cyr

Jean-Philippe is a master’s student in Kinesiology at Université Laval under the supervision of Dr. Martin Simoneau. He is interested in exploring sensorimotor control of balance in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. Jean-Philippe has been awarded a travel award to travel to UBC to work with Dr. Jean-Sebastien Blouin to work in his Sensorimotor Physiology Lab where researchers investigate human physiology from an integrative perspective. 

Jesse Charlton

Jesse Charlton is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hunt. Jesse’s doctoral research focuses on motor learning and real-world performance aspects of voluntary walking modifications in people with knee osteoarthritis. Jesse has been awarded travel funds to further his research in Dr. Laurent Bouyer’s lab at Laval University. 

Michael Kennefick

Michael Kennefick is a postdoctoral fellow training under the supervision of cluster member Dr. Brian Dalton. Michael has been awarded travel funds to conduct research with Dr. Andrew Laing at the University of Waterloo in the field of musculoskeletal biomechanics relating to human health, mobility, and injury prevention. 

Taylor Winberg

Taylor Winberg is a PhD student in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Laing. Taylor has developed an OBDAF cluster specific initiative in an effort to expand the Clusters’ understanding of how surface translation perturbations vary across Cluster member’s labs. Taylor has been awarded travel funds to travel to Dr. Mark Carpenter’s lab at UBC to further this project. 

Tushar Sharma

Tushar Sharma is a master’s student at the University of Guelph working under the supervision of Dr. Leah Bent. Tushar’s research project looks at the effect of sub-threshold noise on lower-limb cutaneous reflex generation. He has been awarded travel funds to work with Dr. Brian Dalton at UBC-O.