Joint & Bone Initiative

Dr. Sue Peters

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Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy

sue.peters@uwo.ca

MSK Research Areas of Interest

Active Living,Biomechanics,Clinical Outcomes,Clinical Trials,Exercise,Implantable & Wearable Devices,Mobility,Rehabilitation

Nearly 85% of stroke survivors experience long-term motor impairments like gait asymmetries, that hinder daily function and decrease quality of life. Stroke survivors say regaining the ability to walk in the community is a top priority; but gait asymmetries are so limiting that one out of three stroke survivors do not walk in their community after discharge from rehabilitation. Thus, my research program’s goal is to improve community mobility outcomes after stroke through a better understanding of predictors of low mobility recovery. If individuals at risk of low mobility recovery could be identified early, rehabilitation resources could be directed toward these individuals, at a point in time when their recovery can be augmented. Without understanding predictors of mobility recovery after stroke, outcomes will continue to be sub-optimal. How the brain controls mobility tasks remains unknown and is the key piece of knowledge to developing targeted rehabilitation interventions to address these deficits. Thus, the ultimate goal of my proposed research program is to provide a mechanistic understanding of how neural activation gives rise to real-world mobility performance and gait impairment, to improve recovery after stroke.

 

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