Richard Stein, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Stein received his DPhil from the University of Oxford. Dr. Stein joined the Department of Physiology at the University of Alberta in 1968 and during his 40-plus year career, Dr. Stein has spearheaded many advances in the field of spinal cord research. Dr. Stein’s work has led to the creation of multiple spin-off companies and commercialized devices including the WalkAide system which helps thousands of people who suffer from foot drop. Dr. Stein was recently awarded the Barbara Turnbull Award for Spinal Cord Research, one of the top awards for spinal cord research in Canada. Research in the Stein lab is focused on pattern generation of walking, reflex modulation during movement, and replacement of function after spinal cord injury and optimization of muscle and bone after atrophy. In this regard, Dr. Stein is involved in much of Project SMART’s research work related to the restoration of standing and walking including the development of an exoskeletal surface FES system, ISMS development and an advanced 2-channel WalkAide.