Research

HR-pQCT scan of a human knee

Studies

We conduct a wide range of research including studies that aim to understand how osteoporosis affects bones and how a joint injury can lead to osteoarthritis. Our research often answers clinical questions by developing and applying new technologies, including both hardware and software.

Scanco XtremeCT II

Infrastructure

The medical imaging equipment and computational facilities in our laboratory are excellent and we've benefited hugely from support by local, provincial and national funding agencies. As biomedical engineers, this equipment is an outstanding basis for our trainees to learn and apply the latest in technology.

Software

Software

Quantitative assessments of our data collected for research is crucial, and we take great pride in the ability to develop new computational approaches for custom analyses. Although commercial tools are sometimes useful, we spend considerable efforts to develop our own software and we often share it with others.

Our research focus is on understanding mechanisms and improving therapies for bone degenerative conditions, including osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. We study the role of bone mineralization and bone microarchitectural development contributing to bone quality and providing bone strength. Our research group uses state-of-the-art medical imaging technologies to provide an understanding of the mechanisms related to bone loss, often by performing longitudinal analyses. In addition to our research goals, we have developed several custom analysis tools and techniques. These tools are applied in all our research projects, and we wait to translate knowledge we gain through research toward better outcomes for people.

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