Dan Vena


Dan joined the Home and Community Team in September of 2010. Having finished his Masters degree in January 2013 looking at transfer pole positioning, he is now working on his PhD, examining the pathophysiology of sleep apnea through fluid shift. Dan’s work is focused on understanding how fluid shift from the legs to the chest and neck overnight increases the severity of the sleep apnea. In addition, Dan is investigating the use of electrical stimulation of the calf muscles to reduce daytime leg fluid shift to reduce overnight fluid shift from the legs to the neck and in the end alleviate sleep apnea. Dan is also contributing on a project to test for optimal armrest height and positioning, currently being led by Masters student Ahmed Mezil . His future goal is to pursue a career in research as a scientist in an academic institution.