Currently Recruiting

Find out if you are eligible, what you would have to do, and who to contact.

All studies have been approved by the University of Calgary
Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (CHREB) or the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB)

Cerebral Palsy Cohort Study

We are hoping to learn more about fatigue, pain and physical activity for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. This information will help us design better rehabilitation interventions for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy to help them maintain their ability to walk and participate in daily activities.

  • Youth with Cerebral Palsy aged 8-18 years
  • GMFCS Levels I - III

*siblings or friends between the ages of 8-18 years are welcome as healthy control participants and can be tested together*

2 visits at least 1 week apart

  1. Visit 1: 4 hours

    • Balance tests with motion analysis
    • 6 minute Walk Test with electromyography and gait analysis
    • Questionnaires about fatigue, pain, quality of life, mobility, sleep, and health care use
    • Strength measurements of both legs
    • Spasticity measurements of both ankles and knees
    • Fit with an activity monitor to wear for 1 week
  2. Visit 2: 30 minutes

    • Return activity monitor
    • DXA scan for body composition

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (REB15-3126)


The Driving Study

The purpose of this research is to determine whether certain assessment tools can be used to predict whether someone with CP is likely to pass a driving test and get a driver’s licence. These tests are often used with individuals who already have their driver’s licence but whose driving abilities are now uncertain, such as an adult who is recovering from a stroke but would like to start driving again. We do not know whether these tests would also be useful for individuals with CP who have never driven before.

  • Youth with Cerebral Palsy aged 16-25 years
  • Those successful at achieving a driver's license (i.e. Class 5, Class 5-GDL, Class 7)
  • Those who were not successful at achieving a driver's license
  • Driving for more than 6 months

*siblings or friends between the ages of 16-25 years welcome to participate*

1 Visit to the Alberta Children's Hospital (2.5-3 hours)

  1. Questionnaire

    Questionnaire about driving

  2. KINARM tasks

    i.e. motor & cognitive measures, breaking reaction time

  3. Cognitive measures

    i.e. paper-&-pencil tasks, answer questions, look at pictures

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (REB16-1455)


Simply Rehab

  • Individuals aged 6 – 50 years of age who have recently sustained a traumatic brain injury
  • Individuals aged 6 - 50 years of age who have been injury free the past 3 months.
  1. Evaluation Phase

    • Complete a series of evaluations that include detailed clinical measures and novel technological measures to evaluate visions and ability to see clear with head motion
    • Tests to evaluate balance, cervical spine strength, and neurological function
    • 8 questionnaires asking about medical/injury history, current symptoms, quality of life, and goals for recovery

    Measures will take place over 1 or 2 sessions and will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete. You will be asked to return 8 weeks after your initial appointment and 6 months after injury to repeat these evaluations.

  2. Treatment Phase

    If symptoms and functional problems remain 10 days after injury, you will be given the option to participate in this phase. You will be provided with rehabilitative exercises based on your individual initial assessment. Treatment will occur once weekly with a study physiotherapist, and will last for up to 8 weeks. You will then repeat the initial assessment.

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB17-1742)


Adapted Sport & Recreation Summer Camp

Through a one- week summer camp we plan to introduce teens and youth with physical disabilities to a variety of adapted sport and recreation activities that are offered within the Calgary community (e.g., sledge hockey, wheelchair sports, rock climbing, gymnastics, etc.).

  1. Inclusion Criteria

    • Age 7-18 years
    • Have a physical disability:
      • able to propel yourself using your legs and/or your arms
      • understand instructions given to a group
      • feed yourself

    If you meet the above criteria, but are not able to attend camp, you may still be eligible to participate!

  2. Exclusion Criteria

    • Individuals with no physical disabilities
    • Individuals whose physical disability does not allow them to either walk or self-propel a manual wheelchair independently or individuals who use a power-chair for more than convenient independent movement
    • Individuals who have an intellectual disability that requires them to have 1(carer):1(child) or 1:2 or 1:3 support
  1. 4 Meetings with the Study Team

    During these meetings, you will be asked to wear an activity tracker for 1 week, and to complete questionnaires.

  2. 5-day Camp

    This camp is centered around giving campers with physical disabilities the opportunity to experience various adapted sport, recreation and leisure activities. Campers will get to challenge themselves physically through activities including: sledge hockey, climbing, wheelchair sports, gymnastics, dance, and many more.

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB18-0292)


SHRed Concussions

SHRed Concussions is a large Canadian research study that was funded by the National Football league’s (NFL) Scientific Advisory Board to better understand how common concussions are in high school athletes.

  1. Sign Up Online

    Participants must create an online account at SHRedConcussions.ca, whereby they will complete most of their study requirements

  2. Complete Weekly Surveys

    Through the online account participants will complete weekly sport participation and injury surveys and be able to report any injury sustained to their study therapist

  3. Complete Baseline Testing

    Baseline testing includes; baseline measures, online questionnaires and clinical assessments

  1. Email Us

    shredconcussions@ucalgary.ca

  2. Call Us

    403-220-3113

  3. Sign Up

    Register Online

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB18-2107)


Wearable Technology Use in the Dance Setting

Dance researchers at the University of Calgary are inviting dancers, dance teachers, and dance parents to participate in a research study exploring wearable technology use in the dance setting. The researchers are interested in perceptions, attitudes, and barriers of using wearable technology for dance. Results from this study will help inform development of dance-friendly wearable technologies and strategies on how it can become more acceptable for use in dance.

  • Dancers (age 12+)
  • Dance teachers (age 18+)
  • Dance parent (with a child under the age of 18)
  • Living in Calgary area

Complete a questionnaire about your wearable technology use

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB21-0195)


SHRed Consequences of Concussion

We are trying to determine whether or not youth and young adults with a history of sport-related concussion or injury in the past 5-15 years differ in symptoms, concentration, brain function, physical performance, body composition, exercise capacity, activity levels, neck function, balance, eye motion, mood, and utilization of health care resources compared to youth and young adults with no history of injury.

This study involves three groups of participants: Sport-related Concussion group, Sport-related Musculoskeletal Injury group, and Uninjured Control group

  1. Sport-related Concussion group

    Inclusion Criteria:

    1. Participated in youth sport
    2. Currently 16-33 years old
    3. Sustained at least one youth sport-related concussion 5-15 years ago that was assessed by a healthcare professional and/or resulted in time loss from sport of >1 week
  2. Sport-related Musculoskeletal Injury group

    Inclusion Criteria:

    1. Participated in youth sport
    2. Currently 16-33 years old
    3. Sustained at least one youth sport-related musculoskeletal injury 5-15 years ago that was assessed by an athletic therapist, physiotherapist or physician and resulted in time loss from sport of >1 week
  3. Uninjured Control group

    Inclusion Criteria:

    1. Participated in youth sport
    2. Currently 16-33 years old
    3. No history of concussion or musculoskeletal injury
  4. Exclusion Criteria for All Groups

    • Diagnosis of a systemic disease
    • Medical diagnosis of neurological disorder
    • Medical diagnosis of significant psychiatric disorder
    • History of concussion or musculoskeletal injury with associated time loss from sport, school, work and/or activities of daily living of >1 week within the past 12 months
    • Pregnancy at the time of assessment

Following a short phone interview, a researcher will determine your eligibility. If you are eligible, you will complete the following parts of the study. Once you have completed the study protocol, you will receive a $50.00 gift card of your choice.

  1. Questionnaires

    Questionnaires are completed online through the SHRed Consequences of Concussion website. These tasks will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.

  2. Virtual Testing

    A SCAT5 test will be completed online via Zoom. The link provided to you by a researcher will be from a UCalgary Zoom account and will be password-protected.

    The Virtual SCAT5 test takes approximately 25 minutes to complete and will involve memory, concentration, orientation, coordination and balance tasks.

  3. In person Testing at University of Calgary

    Testing at the University of Calgary takes approximately 3 hours and involves the following:

    1. Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (bone mineral content, fat mass, lean mass)
    2. Clinical Exam (balance, eye movement, neck exam)
    3. Aerobic fitness test
    4. KINARM Robotics test (may also occur at Foothills Medical Centre)

    You will also be asked to wear an activity monitor for 7 days following your testing session.

    We cover parking at the University of Calgary.

  4. In person Testing at Foothills Medical Centre

    Testing at Foothills Medical Centre takes approximately 2 hours and involves the following:

    1. Brain MRI
    2. KINARM Robotics test (if not completed at the University of Calgary)

    We cover parking at Foothills Medical Centre.

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB21-0548)