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Researchers seek women participants in scoliosis study

A team of Ontario university researchers studying bone strength and back brace design for people with spinal curvature is inviting women to participate in its work.

Women aged 18-40 who have or have had scoliosis during their adolescence, and received brace treatment or no treatment all, are needed for a one-time examination, lasting about 90 minutes.

Participants will receive a $50 honorarium but will also benefit by learning more about their own bone strength and, if appropriate, the research team will suggest other options they might want to pursue.

Scoliosis is a medical condition characterized by lateral curvature of the spine. Brock University researchers in St. Catharines want to examine how bracing may affect bone during the growth years, and how nutrition and exercise can be used to alleviate some of the potential effects of bracing.

The project is funded by the federal government’s Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) program, which helps Brock researchers partner with small and medium enterprises on projects that help those businesses compete nationally and internationally.

If you want to participate in the study, e-mail Nasreen Akseer at na02ua@brocku.ca or call 905-688-5555, ext. 5623.

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