- Exercise capacity and health benefits of exercise after spinal cord injury
- Function and health after spinal cord injury
- Integration, application and translation of this and other spinal cord injury research knowledge, so that people living with spinal cord injury can benefit.
- Locomotor function and autonomic functions that support movement after spinal cord injury
- Muscle and bone deterioration after spinal cord injury
- Identifying means to optimize exercise responses in persons living with spinal cord injury
- Spinal neural mechanisms generating and coordinating locomotion
- Spinal neural mechanisms mediating autonomic support for ongoing movement (and exercise)
- Spinal neural mechanisms providing training-related adaptations in muscle and bone after spinal cord injury
- Bone health
- Exercise and training adaptations
- Exercise physiology
- Muscle health
- Spinal cord injury
- Spinal cord physiology
- Sympathetic nervous system
- Director and principal investigator, Spinal Cord Research Centre (SCRC)
- Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Health and Function after Spinal Cord Injury
- American Spinal Injuries Association
- Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
- International Spinal Cord Society
- Society for Neurospinal cord injuryence
Dr. Kristine Cowley’s research focus is to increase the health and function of people living with spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injury is a life-altering event that causes paralysis and loss of sensation and affects virtually every bodily function because of the loss of ascending and descending neural control.
It is due to the loss of these functions that lead to the all-too-common secondary consequences of obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, lower limb fracture and cardiovascular disease.
Her lab uses a variety of techniques and research models to identify strategies to reduce these secondary consequences and to improve function and life quality after injury. The lab uses pre-clinical and clinical research models and techniques.
Pre-clinical research techniques include electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry and fluorescence microscopy, western blot protein analysis and micro-computed tomography.
Human research techniques include kinematics, electromyography and electrical stimulation techniques, biomechanics, exercise physiological techniques and ergonomics.