PUBLIC LECTURE — THE DR. RICHARD B. STEIN ANNUAL LECTURESHIP
Saturday June 2, 2018 11:00-12:00 pm
The Dr. Richard B. Stein Annual Lectureship is one of three special annual lectures hosted by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. This lectureship honors the distinguished and ongoing career of Richard (“Dick”) Stein (DPhil, Physiology, Oxford University, Oxford UK, 1966) by each year hosting a distinguish scientist who works in a field that builds on Dr. Steins’ diverse contributions to neuroscience and rehabilitation.
Dr. Stein joined the Department of Physiology at the University of Alberta in 1968. During his now 50 year career, Dr. Stein has been at the forefront in many advances in the control of movement, the role of reflexes, muscle properties and the use of functional electrical stimulation to restore movement after disease or disability. His honours include the Centennial Medal of the International Tesla Foundation (1998), the Medal of Honour of the Canadian Medical Association (1999), the Kaplan Research Prize (2001) and the Barbara Turnbull Prize (2007). He was also the founding director (1986) of the Division of Neuroscience, which evolved into the current Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta.
Fittingly, this year the Richard Stein Lectureship will be embedded into the first ever meeting of FES-related researchers from across Canada (CanCon2018), in recognition of the Dr. Stein’s contributions to the development and translation of FES in Canada and around the world.
This year’s Richard Stein Lecturer will be Dr. Kristin Musselman. Dr. Musselman is a physical therapist and Scientist with the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Lyndhurst Centre. She completed a BSc (Life Sciences) and BScPT at Queen’s University, followed by a MSc (Neurosciences) and PhD (Rehabilitation Science) at the University of Alberta. She was a CIHR Post-doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute from 2010-2013. Dr. Musselman’s research focus is on optimizing everyday functional movements, such as walking and reaching, in adults with spinal cord injury and young children with cerebral palsy. This includes using functional electrical stimulation (FES) to improve upper limb function and balance in standing.