Jan Andrysek

Jan Andrysek

Jan Andrysek | Assistant Professor & Associate Director, Professional Programs
BScEng (Guelph), MASc (Toronto), PhD (Utrecht, Netherlands), PEng

Main Appointments

  • Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Bloorview Research Institute
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Road, Room 4W-370
Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8 Canada

+1 416 425-6220, extension 3524 (office)
+1 416 425-1634 (fax)
jandrysek@hollandbloorview.ca (email)
PROPEL Lab (web)

U of T IBBME Office

Lassonde Mining Building, 170 College Street, Room 329
+1 416 978-1311 (office)
jan.andrysek@utoronto.ca (email)

Academic Programs Office

Rhonda Marley, Professional Programs Coordinator
+1 416 978-6102 (office)
meng.ibbme@utoronto.ca (MEng, email)
mhsc.ibbme@utoronto.ca (MHSc, email)


Research Themes

Research Interests

Design, development and clinical evaluation of interventions that aim to improve mobility and postural balance in children and adults with lower-limb impairments. This includes the development of new prosthetic and orthotic technologies, as well as evaluation of potential interventions such as video game systems for improving postural balance.

Key words: rehabilitation engineering, prosthetics, orthotics, assistive devices, engineering design, biomechanics, human gait, gait and balance assessment, video-game based rehab, evidence-based practice, technologies for developing countries.

Select Publications

Assessment of the postural control strategies used to play two Wii Fit™ videogames. Michalski A, Glazebrook CM, Martin AJ, Wong WW, Kim AJ, Moody KD, Salbach NM, Steinnagel B, Andrysek J, Torres-Moreno R, Zabjek KF.  Gait Posture. 2012 Jul. 36(3):449-53. PMID: 22609042.

Active video game play in children with cerebral palsy: Potential for physical activity promotion and rehabilitation therapies. Howcroft J, Klejman S, Fehlings D, Wright V, Zabjek K, Andrysek J, Biddiss E.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2012 Aug. 93(8):1448-56.

Examining the associations among clinician demographics, the factors involved in the implementation of evidence-based practice, and the access of clinicians to sources of information. Christensen J, Andrysek J.  Prosthet Orthot Int. 2012 Mar. 36(1):87-94.

Preliminary evaluation of a commercially available videogame system as an adjunct therapeutic intervention for improving balance among children and adolescents with lower limb amputations. Andrysek J, Klejman S, Steinnagel B, Torres-Moreno R, Zabjek KF, Salbach NM, Moody K.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Feb. 93(2):358-66.

Improving the Gait Performance of Non-fluid-based Swing-phase Control Mechanisms in Transfemoral Prostheses. Furse A, Cleghorn W, Andrysek J.  IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2011 May 16.

Development of a low-technology prosthetic swing-phase mechanism. Furse A, Cleghorn W, Andrysek J.  J Med Biomed Eng. 2011 Feb. 31(2):145-150.

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