About Dr Che Fornusek

Che's research activities focus on exploring the potential of sport, voluntary exercise, and electrical stimulation exercise to promote health in persons with neurological injury or disease (e.g. spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, peripheral nerve disease).

Che's research is focused on exploring the long term benefits of exercise and physical activity for persons with neurological injury or disease (e.g. spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, peripheral nerve disease). Populations with physical disability have higher rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity compared to the normal population. The cause of the increased incidence rates are due to lower levels of activity but also greater barriers to exercise. Exercise or sport (e.g. Physical Disability Rugby League, Wheelchair Rugby League) can be used to promote health in persons with disability. In some cases where severe paralysis (e.g. quadriplegia or severe Multiple Sclerosis) is present, voluntary exercise is not an effective option. In these cases electrical stimulation exercise might be beneficial. However, there is only sparse literature on when and for whom ES may be beneficial. My research focuses on translating ES technology and research findings into practical applications that will result in meaningful clinical benefits for persons with muscle paralysis.

Selected publications

  • Szecsi J, Straube A. and Fornusek C. (2014). A biomechanical cause of low power production during FES cycling of subjects with SCI. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. 11: 1-12
  • Fornusek C, TH Gwinn and R Heard. (2014). Cardiorespiratory responses during functional electrical stimulation cycling and electrical stimulation isometric exercise. Spinal Cord, 52(8):635-639.
  • Fornusek C, Hoang P. (2014). Neuromuscular electrical stimulation cycling exercise for persons with advanced multiple sclerosis. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 46(7):698-702.
  • Crosbie W, Tanhoffer A, Fornusek C. (2014). FES assisted standing in people with incomplete spinal cord injury: a single case design series. Spinal Cord 52(3):251-254.
  • Fornusek C, Davis GM, Russold MR (2013) A Pilot Study of The Effect of Low Cadence Functional Electrical Stimulation After Spinal Cord Injury on Thigh Girth and Strength. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94(5):990-993.
  • Fornusek C, Davis GM, Baek I (2012). Stimulation of Shank Muscles during Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling Increases Ankle Excursion in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(11): 1930-1936.
  • Harvey LA, Fornusek C, Bowden JL, Pontifex N, Glinsky J, Middleton J, Gandevia SC, Davis GM (2010). Electrical stimulation plus progressive resistance training for leg strength in spinal cord injury: a randomized controlled trial. Spinal Cord, 48 (7): 570-575.
  • Fornusek C and Davis GM (2008). Cardiovascular and metabolic responses to FES-evoked cycling at different pedal cadences. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89 (4): 719-725.
  • Fornusek C and Davis GM (2004). Maximizing muscle force via low-cadence FES cycling. J Rehabil Med 36: 232-237.
  • Fornusek C, Davis GM, Sinclair PJ, and Milthorpe B (2004). Development of a functional electrical stimulation cycle ergometer. Neuromodulation, 7(1): 56-64.