Vivian Mushahwar

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Recent Research Projects

Functional Restoration

2018/19-2019/20 • $300,000 • PI
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A Sensor for Early Detection of Deep Tissue Pressure Injuries

2018/19-2019/20 • $90,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Pressure ulcers are gaping wounds where the skin, fat and muscles are damaged all the way to the bone. People who use a wheelchair for daily mobility or who are confined to bed because of illness such as the elderly, patients with spinal cord injury, stroke, or the patients who undergo long...

Patterned electrical stimulation of the arms and legs to improve walking after spinal cord injury

2014/15-2018/19 • $994,127 • PI,CO
When we walk, we swing our arms in rhythm with our legs. This relationship between the arms and legs is needed to improve our balance and our ability to walk efficiently. We want to find out if people with spinal cord injury or stroke trained using electrical stimulation and exercise machines...

Intraspinal Neural Prosthesis for Restoring Function after Spinal Cord Injury

2013/14-2017/18 • $744,396 • PI,CO
We will develop and test a miniature implant that can electrically stimulate the spinal cord after paralysis so that standing and walking can be restored. The implant will be composed of very fine wires, smaller than the human hair that can be placed within the spinal cord in a region below the...

Restoration of Standing and Walking after Spinal Cord Injury

2014/15-2016/17 • $150,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Even a small injury to the spinal cord can cause people to lose their ability to move. There is currently no cure to spinal cord injury (SCI). As well as impacting a person's quality of life and independence, this condition costs society in medical care and lost earnings. More than half of SCIs...

Effectiveness of intermittent electrical stimulation in preventing the formation of pressure ulcers in acute care facilities

2016/17 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Pressure ulcers, also known as bed or pressure sores, are a serious health care problem. They are gaping wounds that break through the skin, fat and muscle and take a very long time to heal. Pressure ulcers are common in people who are unable to move on their own. The elderly, people in coma,...

Prevention of Pressure Ulcer Formation using Intermittent Electrical Stimulation

2012/13-2015/16 • $459,602 • PI,CO
Pressure ulcers, also known as bed or pressure sores, are serious lesions of the skin, fat and muscle that are common in people who are unable to move on their own. They often develop in people with spinal cord injury, in the elderly, people in coma or even people who undergo long surgeries....

Locomotor networks in the lumbosacral spinal cord of the human

2012/13-2014/15 • $150,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
A study by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in the US reported that 1 in 50 people live with paralysis in North America (~ 6 million people), with spinal cord injury (SCI) being the leading cause for paralysis. Restoring standing and walking after paralyzing injuries or diseases has been...

Neural control of movement

2010/11 • $147,666 • PI,CO
Many people have a stroke or incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) that leads to conditions such as foot drop, and are unable to adequately flex one or both ankles. We have developed an improved stimulator (WalkAide) that activates muscles to flex the ankle at the appropriate time to improve...

Intraspinal neuroprosthesis for restoring function after spinal cord injury

2010/11 • $53,450 • PI,CO
We will stimulate the spinal cord of paralyzed animals by implanting very fine wires, smaller than the human hair, below the level of injury to determine whether this is a viable technique for restoring leg function following complete spinal cord injury. All wires will be implanted in a small...