Rasha El-Kotob PhD (c)
PhD Candidate

I am a PhD student in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo (Supervisor: Dr. Lora Giangregorio) and my research is affiliated with Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (KITE), Lyndhurst Centre (Supervisor: Dr. Craven). My thesis aims to examine considerations for designing and managing resistance training intervention studies involving the general adult population as well as people with chronic health conditions (e.g., SCI, osteoporosis). One of my thesis projects involved the Bone Cohort study. Ask me about bone health in people with SCI!

Emily Newton, BA, MScOT(c)
Research Clerk

I completed my BA in Kinesiology at Western University, and am currently in the MSc in Occupational Therapy program at University of Toronto.

As a member of the Craven Lab, my primary role involves work on the Research Volunteer Pool, a project which aims to increase patient participation in research happening at Toronto Rehab. Some other projects I am involved with include the RHSCIR project, where I complete interviews with individuals living in the community, and the ReCON project, looking at bone biomarkers across animal and human models. I also have been assisting with the PVA Bone Health and Osteoporosis Management Clinical Practice Guideline.

Matteo Ponzano, MSc, PhD (c)
PhD Candidate

I am a PhD candidate in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, under the supervision of Dr Giangregorio. My doctoral research is focused on fracture risk assessment and exercise interventions in people at high risk of fracture. I have a research appointment at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (KITE) where, under the supervision of Dr. Craven, I am working on improving fracture risk assessment in people with SCI. Specifically, I am working on identifying potential sources of error during bone densitometry and on quantifying trabecular bone score and its utility in estimating fracture risk in people with SCI.

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Patrik Nepomuceno, MSc (c)
MSc Candidate

I am an International Visiting Graduate Student at University of Toronto under supervision of Dr. Craven funded by Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP). I am a physical therapist with research experiences in cardiometabolic and occupational health in remote areas. I got my bachelor’s degree at University of Santa Cruz do Sul (Brazil) and I am a MSc Student in Health Promotion at University of Santa Cruz do Sul. Also, I have worked as a frontline health care provider with individuals after cancer and/or cardiovascular disease diagnosis.