Research & Science

ARBI has a unique approach, blending science and compassion.

We are passionate about the latest findings in neuro-science and rehabilitation. Information enables us to offer the most up-to-date technology and programs to our clients.

Our team of research advisors and staff are dedicated to our clients’ road to recovery, paving each step with leading research and developments.

The SaeboFlex® project is still underway and the CAMMRI (Comprehensive Assessment Measure for Minimally Responsive Individuals) project was recently completed and published. We share our results at various national and international conferences.

Research Advisors

Dr. Sean Dukelow
ARBI research advisor, MD, PHD, FRCPC Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Sean Dukelow is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience with cross-appointment to the Faculties of Medicine and Kinesiology. He was born and raised outside of Windsor, Ontario. He obtained an undergraduate degree in human kinetics at the University of Guelph before pursuing his medical doctorate and PhD (neuroscience) at the University of Western Ontario. 

He then went on to complete his residency specialty training at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, obtaining certification as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Following his residency training he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in robotics and stroke rehabilitation with Dr. Stephen Scott at Queen’s University. He came to the University of Calgary in October of 2008 where he started the Stroke Robotics laboratory. His research involves the use of robotic tools for assessment of sensory, motor and cognitive function in individuals with stroke and traumatic brain injury.  Currently he receives funding from Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT and Nunavut, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. 


Dr. Don Saklofske
ARBI research advisor, PhD, professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Western Ontario

Before joining the psychology department at the UWO, Don was a professor in applied psychology and associate dean (research), Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. He is now an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary as well as the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, a visiting professor in the psychology department at Beijing Normal University and also at BNU in Zhuhai, China, and a research associate in the Laboratory for Research and Intervention in Positive Psychology and Prevention, Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence, Italy.

Don is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He currently serves on the board of directors as past president of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences and is a current member of the board of the Canadian Psychological Association.

He has a long-standing interest in the martial arts and holds a black belt (sandan) in Shito-Ryu karate. His research and teaching focuses on psychological assessment, intelligence, personality, and individual differences. He has published extensively in these areas as well as consulted on the development of tests and measurement techniques. Don has served as a consultant in the development of new measures to assist in the diagnosis and prognosis of our clients at ARBI.


Dr. Shaun Gray
ARBI research advisor, MD, PhD, associate professor and director of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta

Dr. Shaun Gray is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and is currently associate professor and director of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta.  He received his PhD in biopsychology from the University of British Columbia and MD degree from the University of Calgary.  He has completed post-graduate medical training in both family medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Gray has worked in the area of neurorehabilitation for over two decades and is particularly interested in recovery and rehabilitation of severe brain injury. 


Research Leader

Ana Gollega, M.Sc., OT (c)

Ana has been leading ARBI’s research team since 2003. She graduated in 1991 with a B.Sc. in occupational therapy from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Ana specialized in hand therapy in 1993 and completed her masters degree in anatomy in 2000. She has 12 years of experience working in a public hospital and private practice in Brazil. She taught neuro-anatomy to the Medical and Rehabilitation Schools in Sao Paul, Brazil for three years.

Ana moved to Calgary in 2001 and, since that time, has been treating brain injured patients at ARBI. She is interested in clinical research and had a chance to present results of ARBI’s research projects to other professionals in conferences in Canada and other countries.

Member of:
  • CAOT – Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • ACOT – Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
  • CSHT – Canadian Society of Hand Therapy
  • Poster presentation: Development of a Severe Brain Injury Recovery Scale
  • The Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference: 2004, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Poster Presentation: Development of a Severe Brain Injury Recovery Scale.
  • CANN – Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses Conference: 2005, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • Oral Presentation: Pilot Test Results of a New Comprehensive Measure for Minimally Responsive Individuals.
  • Eight World Congress on Brain Injury: 2010, Washington DC, USA.
  • Oral Presentation:  Early Results of a New Comprehensive Assessment Measure for Minimally Responsive Individuals
  • Annual Conference of the Brain Injury Association of Canada and Brain Trust of Saskatchewan Health: 2010, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Poster Presentation: The SaeboFlex–Innovative Technique To Improve Arm Function following Acquired Brain Injury presented at International Brain Injury Congress – Edinburgh, Scotland – March 2012.
  • Poster Presentation: The SaeboFlex–Innovative Technique To Improve Arm Function following Acquired Brain Injury presented at Canadian Stroke Conference – Calgary, October 2012.
  • Pilot Test Results of a New Comprehensive Measure for Minimally Responsive Individuals. Brain Injury, March 2010; 24(3).
  • SaeboFlex® – An Innovative Tool to Improve Arm/Hand Function Following Stroke. Canadian Society of Hand Therapists Newsletter: 2011.



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