Meet the Stroke Team

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Our team is comprised of Scientists and Clinicians with the expertise to conduct multidisciplinary and integrative clinical research in stroke. 

Primary Investigator

Dukelow

Sean Dukelow, MD PhD FRCPC

Dr. Sean Dukelow is a clinician-scientist at the University of Calgary and Foothills Medical Centre. He earned his dual medical degree and doctorate from the University of Western Ontario, and went on to complete a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Queen's University.

Currently, his research interests include the use of robotics to assess and treat sensory and motor deficits in stroke patients. He is part of many collaborative teams of researchers, therapists, and physicians.

Dukelow Lab

Research Staff

Piitz

Mark Piitz, BSc

Email: Mark.Piitz@albertahealthservices.ca

Mark is a graduate from the University of Calgary. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Natural Science in 2012. Mark has worked previously as a physiotherapist aide, and has worked as a researcher for the PRIMP project for Alberta Health Services. Currently he works as a research assistant for the Dukelow Lab. Mark's roles in the lab include assisting in robotic assessments, study recruitment, and database management.

McKinnon

Alexandra McKinnon, BSc

Email: alexandra.mckinnon@ucalgary.ca 

Alex was born in Calgary and completed her BSc in Biological Psychology and Applied Ethics from the University of Victoria in 2018. Throughout her degree, she had a keen interest in exploring the relationship between genetics and psychological well-being. Working with community organizations such as the Victoria Brain Injury Society, NEED2: Suicide Prevention, Education & Support, and with the local Health Authority, Alex was able to pursue these interests and develop a passion for understanding brain development.

Trainees

Chilvers

Matthew Chilvers, BSc, PhD Candidate (Neuroscience)

Email:  matthew.chilvers@ucalgary.ca 

Matt was born in Nottingham (UK) and completed his undergraduate degree in the Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham (UK). He took part in a year-long exchange to the University of Western Ontario as a supplement to his program where during this time, and throughout his final year at his home university, he developed a strong interest in the neuroplastic changes which occur following brain injury. His research is looking at the combined effects of transcranial brain stimulation techniques and robotic rehabilitation for proprioceptive recovery post-stroke. 

Kuhl

Lydia Kuhl, BSc, MSc Candidate (Neuroscience)

Email: lydia.kuhl@ucalgary.ca

Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Lydia moved to Ottawa in 2015 to begin her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at the University of Ottawa. During her time there, she skated hundreds of kilometers on the Rideau Canal, ate a lot of Beavertails, and worked in Dr. Dale Corbett’s lab where she fell in love with neuroplasticity and stroke recovery research. Her honours thesis examined biomarkers for post-stroke neuroplasticity using a rodent model. Now, she’s shifted gears into clinical research with the Dukelow lab, where she’s examining the impact of eye movements on proprioception post-stroke.