Lab Team

Here you can read some brief information about the members of the lab--from permanent faculty, long term support staff, undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows!

Dr. E Paul Zehr, Professor & Head of Laboratory

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My research focus is how the human nervous system controls movement. I am really interested in better understanding how the spinal cord works to produce co-ordinated arm and leg movements during walking. I am also very interested in understanding ways to target changes in the function of the nervous system (neural plasticity) that can improve the rehabilitation of walking after neurotrauma (and particularly after stroke).

The methodologies applied in my research projects cross many boundaries and make use of the techniques of neurophysiology, biomechanics, motor behaviour, and exercise physiology.

There are three major themes that emerge from my research: 1) the neural control of rhythmic human movement; 2) coordination of the arms and legs during locomotion; and 3) neuromuscular plasticity and motor recovery after stroke. You can read more about my research here and on my homepage.

Pam Loadman

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Pam is a physiotherapist who specializes in neurology. She completed her MSc in the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory under Dr. E.P. Zehr in 2006. Since that time, she has continued to work part time in the lab as a physiotherapist collecting clinical data and outcome measures in stroke and spinal cord injured subjects who participate in lab research. As well, Pam continues to do research with Dr. Zehr studying locomotor control in the stroke and spinal cord injured populations. Outside of the lab, Pam has a clinical practice in an outpatient neurological rehabilitation unit at the Victoria General Hospital. She enjoys teaching and is passionate about evidence based physiotherapy practice.

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Trevor Barss

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Trevor Barss began his PhD training in the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory in January 2011 under the supervision of Dr. Paul Zehr. Trevor completed his B.Sc in Kinesiology and his M.Sc in Exercise Physiology at the University of Saskatchewan. His current research interests include neuromuscular adaptations in the upper body after resistance training. These adaptations in the nervous system will be explored in both a healthy and post-stroke clinical group in order to understand and explore unique post-stroke rehabilitation strategies.

Outside of the lab, Trevor enjoys exploring the many activities Vancouver Island has to offer including golfing, skiing, hiking and fishing. He is a huge sports fan having both played and refereed football and basketball at the University level respectively. Being from the prairies, Trevor is an avid fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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Taryn Klarner


TarynTaryn joined the Rehab Neuro Lab in January 2011 as a PhD student under the supervision of Drs. Paul Zehr and Sandra Hundza. Prior to starting her PhD, Taryn completed her BSc in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph, Ontario and her MSc at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

It was her involvement in competitive figure skating that first sparked her interest in how the body moves and its ability to rehabilitate. Understanding the neural control mechanisms behind human movement serves as the foundation of her research aims.

During her PhD, Taryn is interested in expanding on the concepts that sensory systems within the body are capable of undergoing plastic changes. These changes could be important in aiding with movement and could be exploited to help those who have experienced neurological trauma. It is her long term goal to understand the basic mechanisms behind the control of human movement and use this as a basis for developing rehabilitative interventions.

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Yao Sun

Yao joined the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Lab as a PhD student in September 2013. Prior to her PhD training with Dr. Zehr, Yao completed her BSc in Bioengineering from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and her MSc in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University.

Yao’s research interests include motor control and rehabilitation after stroke; her current project focuses on the cross-education effect on strength training in people affected by stroke.

As a typical food lover, Yao enjoys cooking and trying different cuisines as well as finding the best food in town. She also enjoys running, hiking and practicing martial arts.

 

Greg Pearcey

Greg Pearcey was born and raised in Pasadena, Newfoundland. His passion for sports and exercise influenced him to complete his Bachelor of Kinesiology and MSc in Exercise Physiology at Memorial University. During his Bachelor and MSc degrees, Greg published scientific research in the areas of 1) high intensity resistance training to combat obesity, 2) foam rolling as a recovery tool, 3) ship motion-induced impairments in human performance, 4) fatigue resulting from intermittent cycling sprints and, most recently, 5) the effects of resistance and sprint training on the excitability of the corticospinal tract.

Greg moved from Newfoundland to Victoria, BC in August 2014 to complete his doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. E Paul Zehr in the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory. Greg’s PhD work will focus on exercise interventions that can suppress hyperactive reflexes that occur in some neurologically impaired individuals (i.e. stroke, SCI and MS).

Outside of the lab, Greg spends most of his time chasing his dog through the many hiking trails and beaches that can be found around Vancouver Island. He also ensures that he makes time to enjoy some skiing, mountain biking, camping, golfing, hockey and weight training. Greg is also heavily involved with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), which he sits on the board of directors as the Student Director.

 

Hilary Cullen

Hilary Cullen is completing a Master of Science (Kinesiology) degree through a combined project between the UVIC Concussion and Rehabilitation Neuroscience laboratories. Her research interests lie in the influence and assessment of post-concussion postural balance. Hilary completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) degree at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Her thesis topic investigated the influence of ankle taping and spatting on range of motion, perceived stability, perceived comfort and performance in male varsity football athletes. While studying at Acadia, Hilary worked with the Sports Injury Assessment and Management program as an Assistant Student Therapist with the varsity football, basketball, and swim teams. Through this involvement she gained a keen interest in Athletic Therapy and sport injury management.

Outside of the lab Hilary enjoys running and swimming. Since moving from the East Coast she has been enjoying spending time exploring all the activities Vancouver Island has to offer.