John Misiaszek, PhD, BSc

Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapy

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapy
Email
john.misiaszek@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-2412
Address
3-48E Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4

Overview

About

Current Research

  • Motor Control, Balance, Gait, Neurophysiology, Sensorimotor Integration
  • Dynamic equilibrium in the walking cat
  • Afferent regulation of hip muscle activity during walking in the decerebrate cat
  • Role of hand tactile information in balance control during walking
  • Adaptation of spinal reflexes during walking


Research

Funding sources: NSERC, CIHR

Additional information about Dr. Misiaszek's Current Research, Publications and more can be found on his website: www.ualberta.ca/~jmisiasz



Teaching

I currently teach the 'neurosciences' content of the OT curriculum. The content used to be taught in a single course, but this traditional approach meant that relevant knowledge was delivered after it would have been useful to support other clinical content. Consequently, we "deconstructed" the course and students now receive foundational neuroscience material in smaller packets throughout the curriculum, but when it is most relevant to the clinical content it supports. 

I also consistently support the Neursocience and Mental Health Institute's undergraduate program by accepting independent study and honors thesis students into the lab. If you are interested in learning more about the neuromechanics approaches used in my lab, or the topic of the motor control of balance, please connect - there are always opportunities to further your knowledge and professional development.  

Announcements


There are currently openings available for students at the MSc and PhD level.

The lab is currently seeking a PDF to help lead studies on the integration of multisensory inputs to rapid, protective balance reactions. 

Courses

OCCTH 583 - Influences on Occupational Performance: Human Systems I: Structure, Function and Conditions

The study of: (a) physical human systems, nervous system and occupational performance deficits resulting from illness, injury, and disease; and (b) the concurrent development of related assessment skills and occupational therapy interventions.

Fall Term 2020

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Publications

Influence of pairing startling acoustic stimuli with postural responses induced by light touch displacement
Author(s): Misiaszek JE, Chodan SDC, McMahon AJ, Fenrich KK
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Appl Sci
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/app10010382
Retraining walking over ground in a powered exoskeleton after spinal cord injury: A prospective cohort study to examine functional gains and neuroplasticity
Author(s): Khan AS, Livingstone DC, Hurd CL, Duchcherer J, Misiaszek JE, Gorassini MA, Manns PJ, Yang JF
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: J NeuroEngineering Rehabil
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12984-019-0585-x
The effect of light touch on standing sway when the stability of the external touch reference becomes unreliable
Author(s): Bryanton MA, Chodan SDC, Vander Meulen J, Fenrich KK, Misiaszek JE
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Exp Brain Res
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00221-018-5455-4
Activation of ankle muscles following rapid displacement of a light touch contact during treadmill walking
Author(s): Shiva T, Misiaszek JE
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Exp Brain Res
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00221-017-5151-9
Automatic postural responses following rapid displacement of a light touch contact during standing
Author(s): Misiaszek JE, Forero J, Hiob E, Urbanczyk T
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Neuroscience
External Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306452215011185?via%3Dihub
The amplitude of interlimb cutaneous reflexes in the leg is influenced by fingertip touch and vision during treadmill locomotion
Author(s): Forero J, Misiaszek JE
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Exp Brain Res
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00221-015-4250-8
Balance corrective responses to unexpected perturbations at the arms during treadmill walking
Author(s): Forero J, Misiaszek JE
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: J Neurophysiol

The contribution of light touch sensory cues to corrective reactions during treadmill locomotion
Author(s): Forero J, Misiaszek JE
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Exp Brain Res
Volume: 226
Page Numbers: 575-584