Dr. Martin Ginis obtained her BSc in psychology from the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She is the Director of SCI Action Canada, a Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan, and an ICORD Principal Investigator. She is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and a recipient of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship.
Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis’s research program focuses on understanding and changing physical activity behavior. She has a particular interest in physical activity among people with spinal cord injury and other types of physical disabilities. Dr. Martin Ginis often collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams to study various health-related outcomes associated with physical activity participation (e.g., weight loss, cardiovascular disease risk, pain). Additionally, she closely collaborates with many community-based organizations to advance research and knowledge translation projects to promote physical activity and other types of social participation among Canadians with disabilities.
Prof. Martin Ginis´s team have developed the first evidence-based physical activity guidelines for people with spinal cord injury, provided telephone-based physical activity counselling to adults with physical disabilities, and created an online physical activity resource center to serve the international spinal cord injury communities.
Dr. Krassioukov obtained his M.D. from the Volgograd State Medical School, Russia, and his Ph.D. from the Ivan Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Russian Academy of Science, St. Petersburg, Russia. He is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia, and a physician in the Spinal Cord Program at Vancouver Coastal Health’s GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. He is also Associate Director of Rehabilitation Research for ICORD and chair of the International Autonomic Standards Committee, ASIA/ISCOS.
For more than 30 years, dr. Krassioukov’s basic and clinical research has been focused on autonomic dysfunction following SCI. Dr. Krassioukov established a multi-disciplinary laboratory that has won international reputation in the field of autonomic dysfunction following SCI. Their research combines both animal models and human patients. Clinical trials on SCI patients focus on the prevention or elimination of the devastating effects of cardiovascular and autonomic dysfunctions, thus improving the quality of the patient’s life. Moreover, utilization of animal models allows them to test experimental hypotheses and to find answers to questions that we are facing in clinics. Additionally, his lab invests a huge effort in improving awareness of autonomic dysreflexia, since up to 80 % of physicians and paramedics are not familiar with this condition.
As the chair of the International Autonomic Standards Committee, a joint effort of ASIA and the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), prof. Krassioukov gathered the best evidence to establish standards of practice for the treatment of autonomic dysfunctions following SCI. He has also created a novel education web-based tool for first responders (paramedics) in the care of patients with AD. His clinical and research expertise resulted in a unique opportunity to establish the Educational Cardiovascular Clinic at the Paralympic Games supported by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The goal of this project is to help the IPC establish new guidelines for the classification of Paralympic athletes that will include autonomic assessments and eliminate the necessity of the dangerous practice of boosting.