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Clarkson University Summer Undergrad Researchers Visit Toronto Balance Labs

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Seven undergraduate students from Clarkson University, the Albany College of Pharmacy, Boston College, and the University of Minnesota recently participatedClarkson University Summer Undergrad Researchers Visit Toronto Balance Labs in an intensive summer research program sponsored by a grant from the U.S. government’s stimulus program. They were joined by two science faculty from SUNY Canton, and one from Potsdam High School.

The intensive summer research program was conducted through Charles Robinson’s SLIP-FALLS-STEPm lab at Clarkson University. The lab’s aim is to gain a better understanding of human standing and balance by conducting various tests on both diabetic and healthy consented subjects ranging in age from 18-85. Robinson is the Shulman Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Clarkson’s Center for Rehabilitation Engineering Science and Technology (CREST).

Each student worked on one of three teams based on the three tests being conducted in the lab this summer. They were involved in analyzing data and presenting the results of these analyses at an on-campus conference and at the world-renowned balance laboratories at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

In August, the group and others from the lab visited two balance laboratories in Toronto as part of their summer research experience. They toured the Sunnybrook laboratories and the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory being constructed at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

Each student and teacher gave a presentation at Sunnybrook detailing his or her summer research findings on human postural control.

The summer program was made possible through funding from the National Institutes of Health’s Institute of Aging to the SLIP-FALLS-STEPm laboratory.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University summer researchers in Prof. Charles Robinson’s SLIP-FALLS-STEPm laboratory recently toured the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory being constructed at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Bottom row (left to right): Daniel Brouwer, Jim Allot, Ron Tavernier, Kathy Robinson, Charles Robinson, John Huss, Frank Hemsing, Xiaoxi Dong, Aaron Lauzon, and Jeff Taylor. Top row: Laura Hamilton, Kathryn Kearns, and Akriti Trehan. Unable to make the trip were undergraduate students Caitlin Storey and Bill Small, and graduate students Rakesh Pilkar and Viprali Bhatkar.

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