The aim of the Rehabilitation Research Program is to discover innovative solutions to optimize the outcomes of rehabilitation and improve the lives of those with disabilities and their families.
Investigators are internationally recognized for their work in rehabilitation. Key areas of our research include:
- Optimizing recovery after brain, spinal cord or neuromuscular injury;
- Developing chronic disease management programs to improve health and quality of life;
- Improving quality of life when aging with a disability;
- Enhancing ambulatory or wheeled mobility (wheelchairs, scooters); and
- Developing rehabilitation measurement tools to better detect meaningful change.
Dr. Janice Eng, Director of the Program
- Located at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre (largest BC rehabilitation facility), Vancouver Coastal Health
- The Program has 8 principle investigators and approximately 20 trainees
- Involved in developing the Canadian and American Stroke Rehabilitation Practice Guidelines
- Created universal standards of outcome and rehabilitation measures called Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Evidence (ScireProject.com) – a highly accessible source of information on SCI for health care professionals, patients and family, funding agencies, and advocacy groups
- Leader of CanWheel, a pan-Canadian research team dedicated to improve wheelchair use in older adults (CanWheel.ca)
- Developed innovative exercise programs now implemented across the world for stroke (e.g., GRASP and FAME at Neurorehab.med.ubc.ca)
- Established new classification standards for paralympic athletes based on autonomic and cardiovascular regulation
Rehabilitation Research Program
GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2G9
For more information visit www.rehabresearchprogram.com.