The NSI Team works to increase the creation and application of knowledge that promotes positive recovery and outcomes for individuals following spinal cord, traumatic brain and nerve injury. This will be accomplished by establishing and maintaining nervous system injury research and translation partnerships and collaborations with Alberta researchers, clinicians, community partners and trainees.
NSI aims to:
- Improve understanding of the mechanisms underlying nerve injury
- Advance innovations in rehabilitation and repair
- Promote translation of new discoveries to the clinic and community
To achieve these goals NSI:
- Increases the knowledge generation and impact of NSI research across the province
- Supports and facilitates the development of new models and assistive devices
- Engages stakeholders, such as Spinal Cord Injury Alberta and the Rick Hansen Institute, in the development and discussion of research priorities, targets and projects.
Tools and Technology
NSI members’ work spans preclinical and translational research. This involves the increased understanding of basic mechanisms underlying repair and recovery using cutting-edge tools, including optogenetic, neuropharmacological and behavioural analyses. Applications in these areas range from animal models, to mental health, to combinations of rehabilitation strategies with other therapies. The pursuit of therapeutic and translational avenues is also driven by engineering and technology solutions including neural implants, robotic assistive exoskeleton devices and nerve stimulation.
Established in 2014, NSI is an open organization that includes members from the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge. Visit the CANdex for a list of current NSI members.
The NSI Research Team connects across repair, recovery, and different injury state research. Our members work together within directed research priority areas, using collaborative approaches to examine the role of these neural systems on recovery. Recent activities supported by the NSI are listed below:
- Nervous System injury Symposium 2014: The Road to Rehab and Beyond: At Campus Alberta Neuroscience’s 3rd Annual Symposium, nearly 250 attendees from the NSI and across Alberta took part in the opportunity to discuss new and innovative approaches to nervous system injury rehabilitation and recovery. Presentations included keynote address by Grégoire Courtine, a Richard B. Stein annual lecturer, on the restoration of sensorimotor function.
- Spinal Cord/Nerve Injury & Pain NeuroTeam Community Research Day: A unique and exciting event was held at the Cochrane RancheHouse on November 4th, 2015. Sponsored by CAN and AIHS, this event included clinicians, researchers, trainees and community members brought together to present ongoing projects, and discuss relevant research priorities that will benefit the lives of Albertans living with nerve injury both now and in the future.
Contact the NSI Team
For more information on the NSI Team, please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or [email protected].