2017 Emerging Scientist Award Winner

Mr. Alessio Gallina

About the Winner

Name 
Alessio Gallina

Date of Birth
June 15, 1987

Nationality
Italian

Present Occupation
PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Science and Research Assistant, Department of Physical Therapy - University of British Columbia, Canada

Educational Background
I.  BSc in Physiotherapy from the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy (2009)
II. MSc in Neuroscience from the Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy (2012)

About the Winning Proposal

Regional modulation of vasti muscle activity in response to acute pain persists after pain resolution

Current pain-adaptation theories propose changes in motor strategies as a purposeful adaptation to reduce the stress on painful tissues. As regions within the quadriceps muscle have potential to produce forces in different directions, changes in muscle activation may occur non-uniformly and depend on the location of the noxious stimulation. The objective of this study was to investigate regional redistribution of EMG activation within the vasti muscles in response to noxious stimulation applied to different locations in muscular and non-muscular tissues around the knee. The persistence of altered motor strategies after pain resolution was also investigated.