The Mobility Project: Putting people back in motion
The Atlantic Mobility Action Project—or Mobility Project—aims to restore mobility and important functional abilities, primarily to people whose nervous systems have been damaged by injury or disease. Spinal cord injury, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis are just some of the neurological conditions that can make it difficult or impossible to walk or use your hands.
Launched in 2010, the Mobility Project brings together a diverse group of Atlantic Canadian researchers, based largely in Dalhousie University’s Faculties of Medicine and Health Professions. The group’s members range from laboratory scientists and surgeons to kinesiologists, biomedical engineers, and clinical rehabilitation specialists. Working in consultation with non-profit organizations and government agencies, they are searching for solutions across the spectrum, from the molecule to the community.
Unlike most other parts of the body, the brain and spinal cord have no innate means of healing themselves or fighting back against disease, so damage is—so far— irreversible. Mobility Project researchers are searching for ways to make the best possible use of remaining nervous system function in order to optimize people’s ability to move and perform the tasks of daily living for a better quality of life.