Dr. Adam Thrasher

Associate Professor, Associate Department Chair

Office Number: 104T GAR
Phone: 713-743-5276
Fax: 713-743-9860


Mailing Address:
3855 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015


Research Interests

Neuromuscular physiology and motor learning; Biomechanics and gait analysis; Electrical stimulation of paralyzed muscles to restore function; Rehabilitation engineering; Pathological locomotion.


During his postdoctoral fellowship in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Thrasher designed a research program in which he developed a new neuroprosthesis for walking therapy in people with chronic spinal cord injury. The neuroprosthesis has been used in a 16-week regimen of treadmill walking by over 24 patients. 80% of subjects experienced dramatic improvements in walking function. The efficacy of this intervention is now being tested in a randomized control trial at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute by a multidisciplinary team that Dr. Thrasher assembled to look at all aspects of the treatment from bone health to psychosocial factors. The intervention is also being extended to rehabilitation of hemiplegia due to stroke.

Recent Publications and Research Activity

Graham GM, Thrasher TA, Popovic MR. The Effect of Random Modulation of Functional Electrical Stimulation Parameters on Muscle Fatigue. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 2006; 14(1):38-45.

Popovic MR, Thrasher TA, Adams ME, Takes V, Zivanovic V, Tonack MI. Functional electrical therapy: Retraining grasping in spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord 2006; 44(3):143-151.

Thrasher TA, Flett HM, Popovic MR. Gait training regimen for incomplete spinal cord injury using functional electrical stimulation. Spinal Cord 2006; 44(6):357-361.

Steele CM, Thrasher TA, Popovic MR. Stimulation approaches to the restoration and rehabilitation of swallowing: A review. Neurological Research. [Accepted for publication Dec. 6, 2005.]

Thrasher TA, Graham GM, Popovic MR. Reducing muscle fatigue due to Functional Electrical Stimulation using random modulation of stimulation parameters, Artificial Organs 2005; 29(6):453-458.

Popovic MR, Thrasher TA, Zivanovic V, Takaki J, Hajek V. Neuroprosthesis for retraining reaching and grasping functions in severe hemiplegic patients, Neuromodulation 2005; 8(1):58-72.

Thrasher TA, Popovic MR. Electrical stimulation and neuroprostheses for restoring swallowing function, Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) June 2004; 13(2):28-31.

Popovic MR, Thrasher TA. Neuroprostheses, In: Encyclopedia of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering [eds.: Wnek GE, Bowlin GL], Marcel Dekker, New York, July, 2004, pp. 1056-1065.


B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of Alberta, 1994

Ph.D. in Medical Sciences at University of Alberta, 2002