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    Dear BIOMCH-L Readers,

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    Lyndhurst Spinal Cord Centre
    Research Department
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    Lyndhurst Spinal Cord Centre, located in Toronto CANADA, has
    been in existence since 1945 as one of the major rehabilitation
    centres for spinal cord injured adults in Canada. It is a 70-bed
    facility which functions to assist clients in returning to the
    community following a traumatic spinal cord injury.

    Approximately 1,000 Canadians over the age of 15 sustain an injury
    to their spinal cord and about 40% of clients at Lyndhurst are young
    (15-35 years), males who are injured in motor vehicle and recreational

    The Research Department at Lyndhurst is staffed by a full-time Director
    and Senior Researcher who are supported by three Researchers employed
    at the 50% level (17-1/2 hours per week) and an Administrative Assistant.
    Funding for the department's operations is provided by charitable
    donations through the Lyndhurst Foundation. Since 1988, the Department
    has demonstrated steady growth, and has averaged approximately $200,000
    per year in externally-funded research grants. In addition, Lyndhurst
    enjoys a formal relationship with the University of Toronto while the
    Department has cross-appointed research associates from Queen's University
    (Kingston, CANADA), York University (Toronto, CANADA) and the University
    of Toronto.

    The priorities of the Research Department are twofold:

    (1) Community Integration and Long-Term Health Issues Following a
    Spinal Cord Injury

    (2) Applications of Technology for Function for Spinal Cord Injured

    The latter priority is an area which would be of particular interest to
    individuals with a biomechanics/bioengineering background. Current projects

    * Voice-operated robotic manipulator for office tasks
    * Improving access to computer technology for individuals with
    a high-level spinal cord injury, including:
    - head-pointing systems
    - keystroke reduction techniques
    - evaluation of current voice recognition techniques
    * Physical rehabilitation research, including:
    - electronic music creation during upper extremity exercise
    - a clinically-based 3D motion analysis system
    - functional electrical stimulation for establishing gait in
    paraplegic subjects
    - development of a manual wheelchair ergometer

    Any individuals interesting in obtaining more information about Lyndhurst,
    or those who would like to share their experiences in any area related to
    spinal cord research, can contact:

    Andrew (Drew) W. Smith, Ph.D.
    Director of Research
    Lyndhurst Spinal Cord Centre
    520 Sutherland Drive
    Toronto ONTARIO Canada M4G 3V9

    +1 (416) 422-5551 ext. 3041
    +1 (416) 422-5216 FAX (e-mail: INTERNET)