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Friday, January 27, 2017

Spinal cord injury: getting to the heart of the matter

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January 27, 2017

Spinal cord injury: getting to the heart of the matter

In addition to loss of movement and sensation, many individuals with spinal cord injury have damage to nerves that control involuntary activities, leading to abnormal control of many organs in the body, such as the heart and blood vessels. This causes profound abnormalities in the control of blood pressure, heart rhythm, and blood flow around the body. This can lead to cardiovascular disease, impairs quality of life, and shortens life expectancy. These disorders are often neglected by the clinical community, who focus on loss of mobility, but they can be devastating to the individual and their families. We will explore these lesser known consequences of spinal cord injury, their impact on quality of life, and some strategies to improve function. Implications for other populations with neurological diseases affecting these nerves will also be considered.

Dr. Victoria Claydon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at SFU. She received her PhD from the University of Leeds, England. Victoria is a Clinical Physiologist and Associate Member of the International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD), an international spinal cord injury research group based in Vancouver. She received a prestigious Heart and Stroke Foundation New Investigator Award (2009-2016) to support her spinal cord research program.


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