Rakie Cham-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Rakié Cham

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Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh
Benedum 740
412-624-7227
chamr @ upmc.edu

Rakié Cham, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Rakié earned her B.Sc. (1993) and M.Sc. (1995) degrees in physics from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. She pursued her doctoral studies in bioengineering and graduated in 2000 from the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Cham's research interests include gait biomechanics, postural control and falls prevention in older adults. She is particularly interested in understanding the biomechanical factors that precipitate falls during gait following triggering events such as slips or trips. Populations of interest include healthy/young and older adults, but also patient populations, thus providing insights on the multidimensional sensory, motor and biomechanical requirements needed for a successful recovery in a given environment. Finally, Professor Cham has also been involved in ergonomic projects to minimize falls-related and other musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace.
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"My research interests are in the field of gait biomechanics, postural control and falls preven­tion in older adults (healthy and clinical populations). Traditionally falls-related interventions focus on physical training, Only few groups in the country seek the opportunity to apply technology in this field. I believe QoLT research has the potential to advance such applications and make a difference in the area of falls prevention."