Patterson, Kara

Patterson, Kara
Country
Canada
Bio

Dr. Patterson is a physiotherapist (Queen’s University), an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and a Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She practiced clinically in the neurological field in Canada and the US before completing her PhD at the University of Toronto and postdoctoral training at McGill University. Dr. Patterson leads the RELEARN lab (http://www.relearnlab.ca/)  which strives to advance neurorehabilitation practice in order to improve gait and mobility outcomes for individuals living with neurological conditions and in particular stroke. Her research interests include motor learning after neurologic injury and rehabilitation of gait using novel strategies including rhythm and dance. Dr. Patterson holds a Heart and Stroke Foundation Clinician Scientist award and has a life time total funding of $1.2 million. Her work is funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research, the National Science and Engineering Research Council and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Dr. Patterson has given 9 invited presentations, 45 conference abstracts and published 30 peer reviewed articles. Her recent publication in Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation (doi https://doi.org/10.1080/10749357.2018.1469714) described the feasibility of a dance program for people with stroke. Dr. Patterson’s work was recognized with the Innovation and Advancement Award from the Ontario Physiotherapy Association.