Director, ICORD Clinical Biophotonics Laboratory
President, Medical & Anti-doping Commission of United World Wrestling
Medical Director, Wrestling Competitions 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games
Assistant Professor, UBC Orthopaedics
Associate Member, SBME
Fellow, International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

 

Dr. Shadgan’s primary research is focused on using biophotonics techniques to study processes occurring inside tissues, including their supplies of blood and oxygen, in a clinical setting. The core of his current research program includes developing a new method for continuous monitoring of spinal cord hemodynamics and oxygenation in people with acute spinal cord injury (SCI). In collaboration with ICORD PI Dr. Brian Kwon, Dr. Shadgan has developed an implantable NIRS sensor small enough to be placed over the spinal cord for non-invasive monitoring of spinal cord tissue oxygenation and hemodynamics. He is also developing an optical sensor to assess and monitor blood flow to grafts, as well as their viability in reconstructive surgery and organ transplantation.

As a sports physician-scientist, Dr. Shadgan is also a pioneer researcher in applying photonics techniques to the evaluation and monitoring of skeletal muscle metabolism and function during exercise and when affected by injuries. Using modifications of wireless and wearable NIRS systems, Dr. Shadgan explores the quality of muscle contraction and recovery in high-performance athletes as well as in people with neuromuscular and muscle fatigue conditions. He is also developing applications of infrared Imaging techniques for non-invasive evaluation of skeletal muscle injuries.

Dr. Shadgan is a medical doctor specialized in Sports and Exercise Medicine, with a PhD in Muscle Biophysics from UBC. He completed a fellowship on NIRS-Diffused Optical Tomography at Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging of MIT/Harvard University. Dr. Shadgan’s primary research is focused on design and application development of wearable and implantable biosensors to study tissue and organ metabolism and function in clinical settings. Dr. Shadgan has developed a miniaturized implantable optical sensor for monitoring spinal cord tissue oxygenation and hemodynamics in patients with acute spinal cord injury. Developing multi-modal sensors and systems for continuous and real-time evaluation and monitoring of tissue viability and function in reconstructive surgery and organ transplantation is another ongoing research domain of Dr. Shadgan. As a sports physician-scientist, Dr. Shadgan is also a pioneer researcher in applying multi-modal sensors to assess and monitor skeletal and respiratory muscle metabolism and function during exercise and when affected by injuries. Using modifications of wireless and wearable NIRS systems, Dr. Shadgan explores the quality of muscle contraction and recovery in high-performance athletes as well as in people with neuromuscular and muscle fatigue conditions.

To learn more about Dr. Shadgan’s research, please visit Google Scholar.

 

Other Affiliations

Director, Clinical Biophotonics Laboratory, ICORD
Faculty Member, Experimental Medicine Program, UBC
Associate Member, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC
Affiliated Member, The School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria

 

Research Areas

Clinical Biophotonics.
Implantable Biosensing; sensor and system design, clinical application development.
Wearable Biosensors; design and application development in health care and exercise sciences.