Public lecture

Using environmental stimuli to improve cardiometabolic health in persons with spinal cord injury

  • 29 November 2023
  • 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
  • Hybrid - International House & Zoom Webinar

IAS Visiting Fellow Dr Sven Hoekstra delivers a seminar on their research - 

The hallmarks of spinal cord injury (SCI) are paralysis below the lesion level, muscle atrophy and autonomic dysfunction. Persons ageing with SCI are also at an increased risk for developing cardiometabolic disorders. This may be related to the reduced physical activity and daily energy expenditure found in this population, but our research also indicates a role for SCI-specific alterations in for example incretin and vascular physiology.

Preventative strategies have traditionally focused on physical activity and to a lesser extent diet. However, achieving sufficient levels of physical activity is often not feasible, while a recent systematic review from our group suggests limited efficacy of diet interventions in persons with SCI. Thus, alternative strategies in long-term rehabilitation care are warranted. Here I will discuss our studies and the potential of passive heat therapy, cold therapy and remote ischaemic conditioning to improve cardiometabolic health and physical capacity in persons with SCI.

Arrivals from 11:45 am for a 12:00 noon start. For those joining in-person, lunch will be served from 1:00pm.

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