Masae Miyatani, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Miyatani is currently a Craig H. Neilsen foundation postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. B. Cathy Craven at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) -UHN. Masae completed her Master’s and PhD at the University of Tokyo under the mentorship of Dr. Tetsuo Fukunaga and Dr. Hiroaki Kanehisa. During graduate training, her research interests focused on health outcomes in the general population, particularly body composition and muscle function. After completion of her doctoral studies, her research interests shifted toward cardiovascular (CV) health and body composition. To this end, she worked at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Japan under the mentorship of Dr. Motohiko Miyachi. During her postdoctoral studies she discovered that people with SCI have cardiovascular problems related to the changes in their muscle mass and body composition. Then, her research focus shifted toward the study of CV health among individuals with SCI. She joined the research team at TRI in 2006, and initiated a study examining arterial stiffness in individuals with SCI using Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) as the outcome measure of interest under the mentorship of Dr. B. Cathy Craven, Dr. Paul Oh and Dr. Milos R. Popovic. Her project focuses on arterial health and its relationship with CV disease risk factors and CV fitness among people with SCI.