May Alumni of the Month: Shannon Lim

Name: Shannon Lim

Program: Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) / Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)

Graduated: November 2021

Dissertation: Shedding light on the brain–Characterizing functional brain activation during simple and complex walking after stroke

How would you describe your research project in the UBC Rehabilitation Sciences program?

My dissertation was focused on measuring brain activation during walking in individuals who could walk independently and were at least 6 months post-stroke. Although my dissertation projects took up a large portion of my research time, I tried to gain experience in all aspects of walking recovery by being involved in other studies within the lab. I’m excited to say that I have had the opportunity to be involved in studies that involve patients with mild to severe strokes, in subacute and chronic stages post-stroke, and at various ages.

Where and what is your current position?

Towards the end of my PhD (while writing my dissertation), I became involved in a large, multi-site clinical implementation trial run by Dr. Janice Eng. After I defended my PhD, I decided to continue on this project as the lead coordinator. That’s where I am now: Clinical Trials Research Coordinator at the Rehabilitation Research Program in GF Strong Rehab Centre.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I’m happy to say that I no longer spend my free time reading research articles. I currently spend a large portion of my free time rehabbing from my knee ACL reconstruction so I can go back to trail running, rock climbing, mountaineering, and skiing. I’m also learning how to play the djembe, but haven’t been as diligent with my practice.