Dr. Kristin Musselman is a pioneer in research designed to get patients with partial spinal cord injury up and walking again. She is a physical therapist with the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team and the Mobility Team, as well as a research scientist at Toronto Rehab's KITE Research Institute.
Episode 9 of Behind the Breakthrough - Helping partially injured spinal cord patients walk, with Dr. Kristin Mussleman
In this episode of ‘Behind the Breakthrough’, Dr. Mussleman talks about her latest research, how it relies heavily on patient input, and the satisfaction of seeing those same patients try new strategies to regain mobility and maintain their balance. She also tackles the barriers to rehab access for spinal cord injured patients, and the important role mentors have played in her award winning career.
Dr. Musselman’s career plans to become an accountant took a dramatic turn at age 16 when her grandfather suffered a stroke. During his recovery she visited him every day and was fascinated by how the rehab team and therapists worked to help her grandfather recover some speech and movement. She was intrigued with how a damaged neurological system can be coaxed back to life and decided to instead study rehabilitation therapy and science.
Hosted by Christian Coté, Behind the Breakthrough is a podcast all about groundbreaking medical research and the people behind it at University Health Network, Canada's largest research and teaching hospital.
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