Kinesiology Distinguished Speaker Series- “Research and reproducibility: messages from Charles Darwin”

Seminar Speaker: Dr. Simon C. Gandevia, Deputy Director and Foundation Scientist,
NeuRA, Senior Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC, Sydney,  Australia

Host: Dr. Tim Inglis, Professor, UBC School of Kinesiology


Simon Gandevia (MD PhD DSc FAA FRACP) trained at the University of New South Wales and the Prince Henry Hospital. He has broad research interests in human movement control and he has used a wide range of techniques to examine fundamental aspects of pathophysiology in human neuroscience and clinical medicine. His work often sits at the interface between medicine and basic human neurophysiology. Professor Gandevia is one of the four Founding Scientists of the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute (in 1992), which was later renamed NeuRA. He was also a founder of the 3T Clinical Research Imaging Centre and is a Clinical Neurophysiologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He has served on many editorial boards, including the Journal of Physiology (1993-2000; 2011-) and is currently a Senior Editor. He is currently Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Physiology (since 2005). His clinical work includes patients with neuromuscular disorders and those with spinal cord injury. His work is focused on understanding the mechanisms that permit our repertoire of movement and the derangements which impair and limit movement: this repertoire ranges from the tiniest contraction of a hand muscle to the large inspiratory contractions required to sustain life. He has studied many patient groups including stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, asthma and obstructive sleep apnoea.

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