Director

Robert Teasell, MD FRCPC

is the Research Director and a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. He is also the Medical Director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program at Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph’s Health Care London and a Clinical Researcher with Lawson Health Research Institute.

Dr. Teasell is a stroke physiatrist and has an active outpatient chronic pain practice. Aligned with his clinical expertise, his research interests focus on the implementation of best evidence into clinical practice in neurorehabilitation, chronic pain, and whiplash injuries. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles, 20 book chapters, 60 monographs, 295 published abstracts, and 1400 posters/presentations. He has developed a successful research team and has supervised many graduate students.

Dr. Teasell has established a reputation both nationally and internationally in the field of stroke rehabilitation. He has been involved in over $17 million in grant funding. He delivered the Ramon Hnatyshyn Lecture at the Canadian Stroke Congress in 2016. He was also a McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professor under the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada in 2012.

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Team Members

Amanda McIntyre, RN, MSc, PhD(c)

is a research fellow, the project coordinator for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Evidence (SCIRE) project, and a doctoral student of Nursing at Western University. She works clinically as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at University Hospital in London.

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Shannon Janzen, MSc

is a research associate and the project coordinator for the Evidence-Based Review of Acquired Brain Injury (ERABI). Her research interests focus on the integration of best evidence into clinical practice to optimize patient outcomes, with an emphasis on knowledge translation initiatives.

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Magdalena Mirkowski, MSc, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

is a research associate with a background in occupational therapy and neuroscience. Her research interests are centered around the rehabilitation of individuals with neurological conditions, including stroke, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis. Her focus is on the development, synthesis, and advancement of neurorehabilitation research, as well as its translation into clinical practice, to optimize patient care for neurological clinical populations.

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 Jerome Iruthayarajah, MSc

is a research associate and the project coordinator for the Evidence-Based Review of Stroke Rehabilitation (EBRSR). His research interests focus on the efficacy of health systems in stroke rehabilitation.

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Brooke Benton, RDH, BSc

is a research assistant and works clinically as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Her research interests focus on oral manifestations and complications of stroke and brain injury.

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Alice Mary Iliescu, BSc

is a research assistant with a background in health studies. Her research interests focus on the interaction between the various factors affecting patient outcomes after stroke.

Pavlina Faltynek, MSc

is a research assistant with a background in psychology and neuroscience. Her research interests focus on the effects of social and endocrine stressors on neural plasticity.

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Mitch Longval, BSc

is the research clinical trials coordinator with a background in psychology and health sciences. His research interests focus on speech language therapy, and traumatic brain injury.

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