The Royal Visit
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility's Mobile Research Laboratory. Her Royal Highness is greeted by Professor Heather McKay, Dr. Anne Wallis, Dr. David Farrar and Ms. Anne Sutherland Boal at the Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre.
The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the National Osteoporosis Society, has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of osteoporosis after watching both her mother and grandmother live with the fragile bone disease.
The Mobile Research Laboratory tour showcases the advanced satellite communication systems for rapid data transfer, two bone imaging systems that assess bone mass, structure and strength, and a force platform to assess falls biomechanics. Professor Heather McKay describes the CHHM lifespan approach to osteoporosis and fracture prevention, and illustrates how the Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (pQCT) imaging system measures bone structure.
The Duchess of Cornwall joins a tea reception inside the Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre and interacts with CHHM scientists, clinicians, staff and trainees, and research participants including principals, teachers, children, and older adults. Teachers and students from the Action! Schools BC program in greater Vancouver share their experience and insights on bone health. Senior participants previously enrolled in the CHHM research study describe their experience as "frequent fallers" and the positive impact of targeted interventions on their quality of life.