By Jessica Boafo from the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at UofT.
This award recognizes outstanding contribution to the training and experience of graduate students, as evidenced by excellence in teaching, supervision and mentorship and dedication to students.
Along with an appointment to RSI, Sunita Mathur is a physiotherapist and Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Physical Therapy where she leads the Muscle Function and Performance Lab. She is also the co-founder and co-Chair of the Canadian Network for Rehabilitation and Exercise for Solid Organ Transplant Optimal Recovery (CAN-RESTORE) and is also a member of the Cardiorespiratory Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals of The Lung Association and the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.
Dr. Mathur’s research is aimed at improving the health of skeletal muscle in people suffering from profound muscle atrophy and weakness in order to help them regain function and independence so they can return to participating in the activities they enjoy. She uses a combination of non-invasive techniques to examine muscle structure and function including muscle force measurements, exercise testing, bioelectrical impedance analysis, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy (MRI/MRS), muscle ultrasound and computed tomography (CT).
This honour is truly a great testimony to Dr. Mathur’s many contributions to teaching and supervision at such an early stage in her already impressive career.
Dr. Mathur will receive her award at the Faculty of Medicine Education Achievement Celebration on May 9, 2018.