José Zariffa, PhD

Central nervous system disorders such as spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease can drastically limit an individual's independence, mobility, and quality of life. This has dramatic consequences for completing activities of daily living, integrating within the community and finding opportunities for employment, as well as a considerable economic impact on affected individuals, their families and the health care system. Our research seeks to address these issues by developing technology that can assist functional recovery after damage to the nervous system.

Our approach is to develop rehabilitation technology that can adapt to short- and long-term changes in the user's neuromuscular system. In order to this, it is necessary to improve our ability to extract information from the nervous system. We conduct projects ranging from direct interfaces with peripheral nerves for monitoring neural signals, to wearable sensors that can capture a person's interactions with the world around them. We aim to develop tools that can provide detailed information about movement control and performance in varied contexts from the clinic to the community, with areas of application including: neuroprostheses (such as implanted and non-invasive closed-loop functional electrical stimulation systems), the evaluation and optimization of neurorehabilitation interventions (including pharmacological agents, rehabilitation robotics and clinical programs) and basic neuroscience.

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Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2018;24(3):265-274
Likitlersuang J, Koh R, Gong X, Jovanovic L, Bolivar-Tellería I, Myers M, Zariffa J, Mérquez-Chin C
J Neural Eng. 2018 Jun 11;:
Mansouri F, Mir-Moghtadaei A, Niranjan V, Wu JS, Akhmedjanov D, Nuh M, Cairo T, Giacobbe P, Zariffa J, Downar J
Physiol Meas. 2018 Mar 26;:
Trac J, Dawe J, Likitlersuang J, Musselman KE, Zariffa J
Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2018 Jan 15;:1-12
Singh H, Unger J, Zariffa J, Pakosh M, Jaglal S, Craven BC, Musselman KE
Spinal Cord. 2017 Dec 28;:
Jones LAT, Bryden A, Wheeler TL, Tansey KE, Anderson KD, Beattie MS, Blight A, Curt A, Field-Fote E, Guest JD, Hseih J, Jakeman LB, Kalsi-Ryan S, Krisa L, Lammertse DP, Leiby B, Marino R, Schwab JM, Scivoletto G, Tulsky DS, Wirth E, Zariffa J, Kleitman...
J Spinal Cord Med. 2017 Nov;40(6):813-869
Shojaei MH, Alavinia M, Craven BC, Cheng CL, Plashkes T, Shen T, Fallah N, Humphreys S, O'Connell C, Linassi AG, Ho C, Short C, Ethans K, Charbonneau R, Paquet J, Noonan VK, Furlan JC, Fehlings MG, Craven BC, Likitlersuang J, Sumitro E, Kalsi-Ryan S,...
J Spinal Cord Med. 2017 Sep 12;:1-8
Garcia-Garcia MG, Bergquist AJ, Vargas-Perez H, Nagai MK, Zariffa J, Marquez-Chin C, Popovic MR
Front Neurosci. 2017;11:401
Mansouri F, Dunlop K, Giacobbe P, Downar J, Zariffa J
J Spinal Cord Med. 2017 Jul 24;:1-9
Likitlersuang J, Sumitro ER, Theventhiran P, Kalsi-Ryan S, Zariffa J



Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), University of Toronto

The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Toronto
Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto