Clinical Associate Professor
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
Research Interests:

Spinal cord injury, high lesion injuries and ventilator dependency, fatigue, outcome measures, medical education

Recent Publications:
  • Eng JJ, Teasell R, Miller WC, Wolfe DL, Townson AF, Aubut J, Abramson C, Hsieh JT, Connolly S, Konnyu K and the SCIRE Research Team. Spinal cord injury rehabilitation evidence: Methods of the SCIRE systematic review. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 2007;13(1):1-10.
  • Hsieh JTC, Wolfe DL, Connolly S, Townson AF, Curt A, Blackmer J, Sequeira K, Aubut J and the SCIRE Research Team. Spasticity after spinal cord injury: an evidence based review of current interventions. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 2007;13(1):81-97.
  • *Fok M, Townson A*, Hughes B, Miller W. Work hours, sleep deprivation, and fatigue: A British Columbia Snapshot. BC Medical Journal 2007 Sept;49(7):387-392.
  • Miller WC, Anton HA, Townson AF. Measurement properties of the CESD scale among individuals with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 2008 Apr;46(4):287-92.
  • Anton HA, Miller WC, Townson AF. Measuring fatigue in persons with spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Mar;89(3):538-42.
  • Sheel AW, Reid WD, Townson AF, Ayas NT, Konnyu KJ. Effects of exercise training and inspiratory muscle training in spinal cord injury: a systematic review. Spinal Rehabilitation Evidence Research Team. J Spinal Cord Med. 2008;31(5):500-8.
  • Sidorov EV, Townson AF, Dvorak MF, Kwon BK, Steeves J, Krassioukov A. Orthostatic hypotension in the first month following acute spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord 2008 Jan;46(1):65-9.
  • Fawkes-Kirby TM, Wheeler MA, Anton HA, Miller WC, Townson AF, Weeks CA. Clinical correlates of fatigue in spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 2008 Jan;46(1):21-5.
  • Koo D, Townson A, Dvorak M, Fisher C. Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Five-Year Case-Controlled Review of Neurologic. Outcomes Following Rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2009 March; (90)3:512-16.
  • *Lee AKY, Miller WC, Townson AF, Anton HA and the F2N2 Research Group. Medication use is associated with fatigue in a sample of community-living individuals who have a spinal cord injury: a chart review. Spinal Cord 2010 May; 48: 429-433.
  • Dodwell ER, Kwon BK, Hughes B, Koo D, Townson AF, Aludino A, Simons RK, Fisher CG, Dvorak MF, and Noonan VK. Spinal Column and Spinal Cord Injuries in Mountain Bikers: A Thirteen Year Review. American Journal Sports Medicine, 2010 Aug;38(8):1647-52.
  • Teasell RW, Mehta S, Aubut J, Foulon B, Wolfe D, Hsieh J, Townson A, Short C for the SCIRE Research Team. A Systematic Review of Pharmacological Treatments of Pain Following Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2010 May;91(5):816-31.
  • Finlayson HC, Townson AF. Resident Selection for a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program: Feasibility and Reliability of the Multiple-Mini-Interview. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2011 April; 90(4): 330-335.
  • Zariffa J, Kapadia N, Kramer JLK, Taylor P, Alizadeh-Meghrazi M, Zivanovic V, Willms R, Townson A, Curt A, Popovic MR, Steeves JD. Feasibility and efficacy of upper limb robotic rehabilitation in a sub-acute cervical spinal cord injury population. Spinal Cord. 2011 Sep 13 epub ahead of print.
  • Noonan VK, Kwon BK, Soril L, Fehlings MG, Hurlbert RJ, Townson A, Johnson M, Dvorak MF and RHSCIR Network. The Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry (RHSCIR): a national patient-registry. Spinal Cord , (1 November 2011)epub ahead of print