Hashel Al Tunaiji is a clinician scientist fellow in sport and exercise medicine supervised by Dr. Karim Khan. Hashel is from United Arab Emirates (UAE) and joined CHHM in 2009 after completing clinical fellowship and MSc in sport medicine from University of Calgary in Alberta. He focuses on the role of physical activity for health benefits. In addition, he developed interest in the area of chronic groin pain among athletes. Hashel is an educational board member and reviewer in British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM). His contribution to knowledge translation is reflected by coauthoring the leading Clinical Sports Medicine textbook (4th Edition, McGraw-Hill).
Shahram Amiri received his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from K.N.Toosi University, Tehran, Iran in 1999, his MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Amir Kabir University, Tehran, Iran in 2001, and his PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada in 2008. He is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Prior to his current position, he worked for a number of medical and engineering firms. His research interests include orthopaedic biomechanics, medical imaging, computational biomechanics, and medical device development. Dr. Amiri is a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society and the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty.
Dr. Maureen Ashe is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. Her research interests include investigating physical activity and sedentary behaviour patterns across different populations, such as older adults after hip fracture, older adults who reside in Assisted Living communities, and middle-age adults at or near retirement. Her work also includes testing interventions that aim to improve or maintain mobility across these populations. Maureen has a special interest in understanding the contributing role of the built and social environments in fostering positive lifestyle behaviours.
Dr. Antonio Avina-Zubieta is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Medicine within the Division of Rheumatology. After pursuing his Doctoral Degree under the supervision of Drs. John Esdaile and Diane Lacaille he has been granted a Network Scholar research training award from the Canadian Arthritis Network and The Arthritis Society to start a career as a new investigator. His research interests include the current epidemiology and burden of systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDS).
Dr. Catherine Backman is Professor & Head, UBC Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy. She is also an investigator with the Arthritis Research Centre and Affiliated Researcher for the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Her research focuses on the impact of arthritis on participation in life roles, such as parenting and employment; as well as measuring occupational performance and underlying performance components such as hand function. Research interests include evaluating the effect of rehabilitation interventions on people’s ability to engage in their daily activities. Most of Dr. Backman’s research involves the participation of people living with arthritis, but studies have included a diverse population including those living with spinal cord injury, mental illness, and infants with motor delays.
Kristin Brown completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Stirling Bryan is a trained economist with a career-long specialization in the economics of health care. His PhD (Economics) was obtained from Brunel University (UK), following a Masters (Health Economics) from the University of York (UK). For over 20 years he has been a university-based practicing health economist with extensive engagement to the policy and decision making world. The vast majority of his career has been spent in the UK, initially in London (appointments at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School and then Brunel University) and subsequently in Birmingham (senior lecturer and then full professor at the University of Birmingham). He has taught health economics to undergraduate economists and medical trainees, to postgraduate health economics students and to health sector professionals. His research track record reveals a longstanding goal of informing policy and practice. This is demonstrated, in part, through an extensive involvement with the UK National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE). For many years he led the University of Birmingham team that conducted economic analyses for NICE, and subsequently served for 3 years as a member of the NICE technology appraisals committee, advising on coverage policy. In 2005 he was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship and spent one year in the US, based at Stanford University, researching technology coverage decision making in US health care organisations. His published papers reveal an ongoing research interest in coverage decision making processes. His current position, sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, sees him working alongside policy colleagues in one of BC’s largest regional health authorities.
Joseph Choi is a PhD student, supervised by Dr. Steve Robinovitch. Joseph has been a member at CHHM since he joined Injury Prevention & Mobility Laboratory at Simon Fraser University in 2006. Joseph received his Physical Therapy degree at Yonsei University in South Korea in 2001, and obtained his MSc degree at Simon Fraser University in 2008, where he studied factors affecting the efficacy of hip protectors during falls. Joseph started his PhD study in 2009, and his PhD research focuses on biomechanics and prevention of fall-related hip fractures in older adults. His general research interests include aging, falls, fractures, balance, therapeutic and preventative interventions for fall-related injuries in older adults.
Anna Chudyk is a third year based at the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility. She obtained an Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2008 from the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include the built environment, urban health, travel behaviour and physical activity, all within the context of aging. For her doctoral research, Anna conducted a cross-sectional study investigating the association between the built environment, mobility and health of 161 financially-vulnerable older adults living in neighborhoods across Metro Vancouver. Anna hopes that the results of doctoral work will help older adults maintain their functional autonomy and maximize their health by providing more insight on the social and environmental characteristics of communities that support active aging and aging in place. Anna’s doctoral work is supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and her doctoral study was funded by a Canadian Institute of Health Research Emerging Team Grant (PI: McKay). In her spare time Anna loves to take walks in the forest, as inspired by one of her favorite authors – Henry David Thoreau; swim in the ocean; meditate; climb trees; practice yoga; and engage in existential inquiries.
Dr. Cibere is Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. Her research is focused on the longitudinal evaluation of early knee and hip osteoarthritis. Dr. Cibere pioneered a study on the efficacy of glucosamine sulfate in osteoarthritis. The 24-week study involving 137 subjects in four Canadian centres, all of who were using glucosamine at the start of the study, found no evidence of benefit from continued use of glucosamine. She uses magnetic resonance imaging, biomarkers and clinical assessments to develop tools for early diagnosis and to predict osteoarthritis progression. Her research has led to the development of a standardized knee exam which has become a part of standard clinical practice.
Agnes d'Entremont is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, supervised by Dr. David Wilson and Dr. Alex MacKay. Agnes joined the CHHM in 2005 after completing a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, also at UBC. Her research examines the effect of high tibial osteotomy surgery on knee joint kinematics, and she has employed and developed methods for measuring joint kinematics and cartilage health using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), particularly in the presence of metal implants. Agnes is interested in the application of MRI to the study of orthopaedic biomechanics.
Dr. Vince Duronio is Professor in the Division of Respiratory Medicine, UBC as well as Director for Experimental Medicine, UBC. His research interests include molecular events that control cellular responses to external stimuli; signal transduction and its application in virtually any disease. He aims to identify key enzymes and molecules that play functional roles in cell regulation with the goals that these could be targeted therapeutically in various disease states. Currently, Dr. Duronio is researching how many of the signals received by cells, whether hormones, growth factors or other factors which surround the cell contribute to the cells' overall survival and growth potential.
Dr. Vince Duronio's Affilitions:
BSc, AAM, MET
Dr. Felipe Eltit came to CHHM when he started his PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at UBC in September 2011. He works under the supervision of professor Rizhi Wang in the project “Effects of Metallic Components on the Epidemiology of Inflamatory Disease Related to Hip Implants”, which has been funded by OREF (Orthopaedics Research Excellence Fund). Felipe get his bachelor degree in dentistry and worked as a dentist in Santiago-Chile for five years. After obtaining his master degree in Cell Biology at University of Chile, Felipe worked as professor and research coordinator at Finis Terrae University, which is also in his hometown. During his previous work he was focused in analyzing Cell adhesion molecules during biomineralization process of dental enamel, and the analysis of mechanical behaviour of human dentin and its relationship with the microstructure of the tissue. His PhD program is sponsored by the Chilean government though the commission for research and technology (CONICYT).
Niousha Bolandzadeh is a PhD student, supervised by Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose in Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. She started her PhD at UBC and joined CHHM in 2010, after completing her M.Sc. degree in Computer Science (University of Alberta). She is a Heart and Stroke Foundation scholar, and has received Neuroimaging memorial awards of "Louise McGregor" and "Omer Patrick II".
Niousha's PhD research focuses on investigating the effect of targeted exercise training on cognitive function of older adults diagnosed with MCI, as well as finding the association of total volume of white matter lesions with cognition. Her technical interests include Medical Imaging, Machine Learning and Statistical Modelling, and her clinical interests include Alzheimer’s Disease and White Matter Lesions. She has worked with different imaging modalities, such as fMRI, MRI, CT, CBCT, and Photogrammetry.
Niousha is located at Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab in UBC campus (third floor of UBC hospital).
Fabio Feldman has been the Manager, Seniors Falls and Injury Prevention for the Fraser Health Authority since September 2006. He has been involved in the development and implementation of Falls Prevention initiatives in both acute care and long term care facilities, as well as in the community. Many of these initiatives have been adopted by other health authorities throughout Canada. Fabio has a BSc in Kinesiology and a PhD in biomechanics from Simon Fraser University. His research is focused on prevention of falls and hip fractures. Fabio has published his work in many scientific journals and has also presented his work in international conferences in the USA, Australia, Brazil, and Canada. He was awarded the Michael Smith Foundation's Senior Graduate Studentship from 2005 to 2007 and in 2006 he received the Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Society of Biomechanics.
Working under the direction of Drs. Heather McKay and Joanie Sims-Gould, Thea assists with team financial administration and leads aspects of the qualitative research activities. Thea’s research interests are in qualitative research methodologies examining the intersection between the individual, the built and social environment in facilitating older adults mobility. Her experience volunteering in the aging and continuing care sector, as well as her employment and educational experience in gerontology, the built environment and mobility has led to her keen interest in the development of innovative strategies that improve access to support systems for older adults which will assist them to be independent and to participate in their communities. Thea completed her Masters’ in Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University she developed a tool to assess built environment features that facilitate mobility and independence in community day programs for persons with dementia.
Driven by a passion for children’s health and well-being, Amanda is focused on increasing active living and bringing transportation-related physical activity back to the daily lives of Canadian children. Under the leadership of Drs. Heather McKay, Meghan Winters, and Joanie Sims-Gould, Amanda is turning this passion into action as the coordinator for ASAP Jr. This project is an integrated community partnership to enhance physical activity and active transportation to school in children and youth. Prior to her current role, Amanda was a trainee at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, and an integral member of the ASAP Jr pilot study. During this time, Amanda completed her Master of Science degree at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Dr. Patti-Jean Naylor. Her thesis looked at the associations between school transportation behavior, physical activity, and neighbourhood walkability in urban and suburban settings. At the end of the day, Amanda’s goal is to help children and youth live active and healthy lifestyles in the communities they call home.
Leigh Gabel is a PhD student, supervised by Dr. Heather Macdonald. Leigh joined CHHM in January 2012 after completing her MSc in Kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario, where she was involved in the Health Outcomes and Physical activity in
Preschoolers (HOPP) study. Leigh is currently a researcher with the Healthy Bones Study, a longitudinal investigation of sex, maturity, and ethnic differences in bone strength and muscle accrual. Leigh’s doctoral research will investigate the influence of objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour on changes in bone microstructure and strength during the critical period of adolescent growth. Her research will utilize innovative imaging tools such as high resolution peripheral computed tomography (HR-pQCT) to examine changes in bone parameters with growth. Leigh’s research interests include child bone health and fitness, with a particular focus on the effect of physical activity and sedentary behavior on healthy growth and development and the prevention of chronic disease.
Dr. Charles Goldsmith is a Professor in the SFU Faculty of Health Sciences and is the Maureen and Milan Ilick/Merck Chair in Statistics for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases. His research involvement focuses on studies related to musculoskeletal and surgical conditions. Dr. Goldsmith's research interests also lie within the field of Statistical Methodology related to the evaluation of therapies involved in musculoskeletal conditions. In specific: rheumatology, physical therapy, chiropractic and surgery. He is also interested in developing research methodologies for carrying studied of quality-of-life in those who use pharmaceutical products, improving the current standards of research processes and understanding of graphical communications.
Caitlin Gomez joined the CHHM team in June 2009 after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics at UBC, focusing on Kinesiology and Health Sciences. She is a Geriatrician Assistant at the Falls Prevention clinic at Vancouver General Hospital, where she also serves as the Clinic Coordinator. The Vancouver Falls Prevention Clinic works in partnership with family doctors, specialists, and allied health professionals to prevent falls in older adults, and consequently, reduce fractures and improve quality of life. Since its inception, the Falls Prevention Clinic has expanded its clinical services substantially and most importantly, the care provided by the clinic’s interdisciplinary health care team can reduced falls by approximately 50% in senior fallers. The Vancouver Falls Prevention Clinic also contributes to advancing falls prevention by conducting innovative research under the guidance of its Research Director, Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT. Caitlin is interested in Medicine, and hopes to pursue a career in Pediatric Psychiatry or Emergency Medicine.
For more information on the Falls Prevention Clinic, please visit their website at www.fallsclinic.com.
Navi Grewal joined CHHM in January 2011 as a Master's student alongside Dr. Alex Scott. Having completed her Master's in Spring 2013, she is now a Research Assistant/ Technician with the Research Operations Team at CHHM.
Hannah Gustafson is currently pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering under the supervision of Dr. Peter Cripton. Her PhD work involves performing dynamic compression experiments with ex vivo cervical spine segments. During the compression, the force transmitted is measured using load cells, and the strain on the bone surface is measured using digital image correlation (DIC). Specimen-specific finite element models of the cervical spine will then be developed using finite element software. The influence of the bone density and geometry will be explored in order to create a spine model that can be extrapolated to various populations with differing bone properties.
Dr. Pierre Guy is Associate Professor and clinician-scientist, Department of Orthopaedics, UBC. His medical training and residency were completed at McGill University, followed by orthopaedic trauma fellowships in Hannover and Berlin, Germany and UBC. Dr. Guy also holds a Master’s degree (MBA) from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. Dr. Guy’s research is focused on hip fracture prevention, treatment and long term function. His specific interests lie with evaluating the mechanism of hip fractures and assessing the proximal femur using novel techniques, with clinical trials related to fracture care and with the administrative databases in research and operations. His interdisciplinary team includes graduate students, clinical-residents, mechanical and materials engineers, epidemiologists, and biostatisticians.
Ilker Hacihaliloglu is a post-doctoral fellow, supervised by Professor David Wilson. Ilker joined CHHM in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of British Columbia. The purpose of his research proposal is to determine the effectiveness and demonstrate the clinical feasibility of using 3D ultrasound(US)imaging modality in image guided interventions especially in orthopedic trauma applications. Specifically, Ilker is interested in developing new methods that will extract useful information from three dimensional ultrasound images in milliseconds which is a speed not achieved before. Ultimately in this project he aims to improve performance of the surgery by providing better assessment which will in turn improve the surgical outcome and decrease the total operation time and total cost.
For more information if needed : www.ece.ubc.ca~ilkerh
Callista facilitates cross-disciplinary relationships between academic, community and government collaborators. Multimedia and participatory tools drive her practice. She is an award winning documentary video maker who specializes in developing material that stimulates discussions with community-based partners, related to policy and program development. She strategically integrates video messaging with on-the ground outreach events, policy reports, and web-based dissemination. Her end-goal is improving end-user uptake of evidence based knowledge related to social and physical health and the neighbourhood built environment. Callista is also the Social Media Executive Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, ranked 4th globally out of the top 100 Sports Medicine Social Media Channels. She holds a Master of Arts Degree, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia.
Research Staff, Walk the Talk
Walk the Talk
Professor David Hart, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, was formerly Head of Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. He received his doctorate in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and went on to complete his postdoctoral training in immunology at the University of Illinois Medical Centre. He then joined the faculty at the University of Texas HSC at Dallas as an Assistant Professor. After promotion to Associate Professor, he became the Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Immunology Program from its inception until 1983. In 1983, he joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary as Chairman of the Immunology Research Group. He was subsequently a founding member of the Joint Injury and Arthritis Research Group, and served as Chair of this group for three years. Professor Hart was actively involved in raising funds from the private sector that resulted in the establishment of the multidisciplinary McCaig Centre for Joint Injury and Arthritis
Research at the University of Calgary, and is currently a member of what is now the McCaig Institute for Bone & Joint Health. Dr. Hart is currently also a Professor in the Departments of Surgery, Medicine, and Microbiology & ID, as well as a Member of the Bioengineering Graduate Program, as well as a Special Advisor to the director of the CHHM.
Dr. David Hart's Affiliations:
University of Calgary Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases
McCraig Institute for Bone & Joint Health
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
OA Alberta Osteoarthritis Team
Dr. Antony Hodgson is a Professor in the UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering and holds an NSERC Chair in Design Engineering. He currently serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery, medical robotics, surgical simulators and skill assessment, neuromotor control and biomechanics. Current projects focus on ultrasound in orthopaedic surgery, design of small medical robots (including braced robots) for orthopaedic procedures, use of magnetic resonance imaging to assess biomechanics in femoroacetabular impingement and to design appropriate surgical processes and use of computer navigational techniques for guiding fluoroscopic interventions. Aside from his research, Dr. Hodgson was a founding instructor of the MECH2 Program that has been awarded the 2005 ASME Curriculum Innovation Award, the 2007 UBC Alfred Scow Award and the 2008 Alan Blizzard Award.
Dr. Antony Hodgson's Affilitions:
Faculty of Applied Sciences, UBC
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC
National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Chairholder
Dr. Christiane Hoppmann is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychology. Her research interests include psychosocial predictors of health and well-being across the adult lifespan and into old age. Dr. Hoppmann's research resides at the University of British Columbia Health & Adult Development Lab where she and her team focus on the role of goals and motivational processes for adaptive functioning in daily life.
Dr. Christiane Hoppmann's Lab: The Health and Adult Development Laboratory
Dr. Christiane Hoppmann's Affiliations: Department of Psychology, UBC
Elise Huisman is a PhD student, supervised by Dr. Alex Scott. Elise joined CHHM in 2011 after completing her M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. As a member of the
tendon research group she is actively involved in studies related to mechanical stimulation of tendons. Her work involves in vitro, ex vivo en in vivo models where tendons are “overused”. Of specific interest is if there are
markers which can indicate tendon problems.
Dr. Michael A. Hunt is a clinical biomechanist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. As a physiotherapist trained in fundamental biomechanics, the focus of Dr. Hunt’s work is to understand the biomechanical risk factors and consequences of injury and disease. The goal of his work is to develop targeted treatment approaches based on the unique characteristics of a given injury, resulting in improved physical function and quality of life.
Dr. Hunt's Lab: MabLab
Xiumei Kang is a Postdoctoral fellow, supervised by Professor Antony Hodgson. Xiumei joined CHHM in 2010 after completing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Her research project is “in vivo three-dimensional hip kinematics based on MRI images from patients with femoroacetabular Impingement” using the newly installed Open MRI scanner in CHHM. Her research interests include virtual manufacturing, geometric modeling and visualization, hip kinematics, and computer-assisted surgery.
Jeremy Kooyman is a MASc student, supervised by Dr. Antony Hodgson. Jeremy joined CHHM in 2011 after completing his BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering. His research will examine a novel orthopaedic surgical approach known as bracing that provides opportunities for reducing the invasive impact and set-up time associated with procedures like unicompartmental knee arthroplasty and femoral acetabular impingement. Jeremy is an Engineers-in-Scrubs Fellow and takes particular interest in computer-assisted surgery, medical robotics, and medical device entrepreneurship.
Dr. Jacek Kopec is Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC, and a research scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. Dr. Kopec was recognized as a National Health Research Scholar and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Senior Scholar. Dr. Kopec’s major research area is the epidemiology of musculoskeletal diseases, especially osteoarthritis and chronic pain. He is also an international authority on health outcomes research and quality of life (QoL) measurement; an interactive QoL instrument called CAT-5D-QOL was recently developed by his team. Dr. Kopec has led international teams in health outcomes, osteoarthritis, and health modeling research.
Chantelle Lachance is a doctoral student from the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, supervised by Dr. Dawn Mackey. Chantelle joined CHHM in 2012 after completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor. Her doctoral research will focus on evaluating compliant flooring for fall injury prevention in long-term care through the Flooring for Injury Prevention (FLIP) Trial.
PhD, BSc, BSc(PT), FCAMPT, CGIMS, MCPA, MAPA
Dr. Linda Li is Assistant Professor and Harold Robinson Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases, Department of Physical Therapy, UBC. Dr. Li is also a research scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and an affiliated investigator at the Arthritis Community Research and Evaluation Unit (ACREU) in Ontario. In addition to being a trained physiotherapist, Dr. Li received a PhD in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto, followed by a fellowship in clinical epidemiology/knowledge translation at the Ottawa Health Research Institute. Her research interests include models of care in the management of arthritis, the help-seeking process in people with early rheumatoid arthritis, and developing a web-based aid to promote shared decision-making in arthritis care.
Dr. Linda Li's Affiliation
Physical Therapy, UBC
Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose
Research Director, Falls Prevention Clinic
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, UBC
Dr. Liu-Ambrose’s research laboratory, The Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Function Lab, focuses on defining the role of exercise to promote healthy aging and prevent cognitive and functional decline among seniors.
Currently, she is conducting two randomized controlled trials among seniors at risk for dementia to determine the effect of exercise on cognitive performance, brain function as measured by functional MRI, and physical function.
Dr. Liu-Ambrose works collaboratively with faculty in Psychology, Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, and Health Care and Epidemiology.
Dr. Liu-Ambrose is an investigator with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility and the Brain Research Centre. Her areas of methodological expertise include randomized controlled trials, exercise prescription for seniors, falls prevention, and neuropsychological assessments.
For more information on The Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Function Lab, please visit their website at http://cogmob.rehab.med.ubc.ca.
Sarah is passionate about bridging the gap between knowledge and action. Since 2009, Sarah has worked closely with investigators at CHHM in research development, research team management and knowledge translation. She has a track record of facilitating cross sector and cross-disciplinary interactions with the goal of enhancing research programs and the application of their findings. Sarah is skilled at creating spaces for idea sharing and knowledge exchange among diverse groups of knowledge users and producers. She is keenly interested in exploring the process of bringing physical activity/mobility and built environment research evidence into the policy arena and identifying what elements enable the uptake of these research findings. Prior to being recruited to the CHHM, she worked as a Program Manager at the BC Network for Aging Research, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and as a Research Associate at the Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre. Sarah holds a Master’s of Science from the University of British Columbia and has extensive training in project management.
Dr. Heather Macdonald is Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Orthopaedics. Her research interests include children's bone health with particular focus on how physical activity affects bone growth and development during childhood and adolescence in healthy and clinical populations. As well, Dr. Macdonald is interested in how novel three-dimensional imaging tools can be used to measure detailed aspects of bone quality in the growing skeleton, and how bone adapts to physical activity. Currently, Dr. Macdonald is working on three projects: 1) Bone Microstructure, Risk-taking Behaviour and Forearm Fractures in Boys and Girls; 2) Linking Exercise, Activity and Pathophysiology in Juvenile Arthritis (The LEAP study) and 3) The Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) – Bone Quality Study.
Dr. Heather Macdonald's Profile: Child & Family Research Institute
Farzine MacRae holds a BA in Communications (SFU) as well as an MA in Community Planning (UBC). Along with his skills in new media, his background in cultural studies and planning work to promote community building and public engagement in both academic and community based arenas. An award winning documentary filmmaker, Farzine’s work has brought light to topics as diverse as; immigration and deportation, historical works Chinese/Aboriginal relations, as well as how social and physical environments impact healthy ageing. As part of his practice, he works collaboratively to develop content to ensure that dissemination furthers dialogue and understanding. He currently runs his own production company specializing in the production of films related to planning and public health.
Erin Macri is currently working towards her second Master's degree under Dr. Karim Khan, and has been at the CHHM since 2010. As a registered Physical Therapist, she brings several years of clinical experience to her research, and her current interests lie in better understanding mobility, function and pain in the context of osteoarthritis and aging.
Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews is a Professor in the UBC Department of Sociology and has recently completed two terms as the Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging; one of 13 national institutes of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Martin-Matthews' research interests include aging and health behaviours, social support, care and caregiving, home-based health care, population aging and widowhood. Alongside her extensive contributions to the University of British Columbia and Institute for Aging, she has numerous publications including books, journals, and over 150 research papers and is affiliated with many centres both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Bassam Masri is a Professor in the UBC Department of Orthopaedics along with serving as Head of the Department of Orthopaedics for both UBC as well as Vancouver General Hospital and University Hospitals. He is also the Surgeon-in-Chief at Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals. His membership in the community is vast and includes the Executive and Board of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association as well as the Knee Society, Hip Society and The International Hip Society. He is very well known within the academic community both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous research and review articles in addition to book chapters.
Jake McIvor is a Masters candidate, supervised by Antony Hodgson. Jake joined CHHM in 2007 after completing a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research is focused on the feasibility of a bracing strategy to improve the performance of computer assisted orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Heather McKay’s research evaluates the positive role of physical activity on child, youth and older adult health (with a focus on bone health) across settings – schools, community and the built environment. She has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility, an internationally renowned research centre that addresses enhancing mobility and health across the life course. She is well known for convening highly effective teams to “move research into action” (knowledge mobilization) and for performing research that has immediate impact. This is illustrated by her lead role in the development and implementation of a whole school physical activity and healthy eating model (Action Schools! BC) that engages almost half a million children in British Columbia. She also leads an interdisciplinary team that engages local government to assess whether positive changes to the built environment enhance the mobility and health of children and older adults (Active Streets. Active People). Professor McKay’s contributions have been acknowledged through a Knowledge Translation Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a BC Woman of Distinction Award for Health & Active Living.
Tarek Mohammad started his PhD at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Antony Hodgson and consequently joined CHHM in September 2011. Tarek completed his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology in Bangladesh in 2007. He completed his Master's degree in Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Dr. Shaun Salisbury in 2010. His Master's research involved development of novel vertical nano-positioning stage based on inchworm motor. His doctoral research is focused on a framework for designing optimal bracing systems to improve mechanical interactions between human and tool in surgical and non-surgical tasks. This design framework will incorporate concepts drawn from the fields of impedance control, human tool use, haptics and medical robotics, and is expected to support development of task-specific models, formation of relationships among the component models, a systematic design of bracing systems, and overall reductions in task difficulty. Tarek has research interests in medical robotics, precision mechatronic design and computer assisted surgery.
Sarah Moore is a PhD Candidate, supervised by Professor Heather McKay. Sarah joined CHHM in 2007 after completing her MSc in Applied Health Sciences in Ontario. Her research program will examine the growth and development of bone and muscle tissue across puberty using novel technologies such as high resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT). Sarah is a researcher with the Healthy Bones Study and is evaluating the sex-, maturity- and ethnicity-related differences in bone strength and muscle accrual. In particular, Sarah is interested in the role of physical activity, fat mass, and nutrition on the developmental trajectory of these tissues.
Rouhollah Mousavizadeh is a PhD student co-supervised by Drs. Alex Scott and Vincent Duronio. Rouhollah joined in 2011 after completing a master's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. His research investigates the angiogenic factors and the related events involved in the formation of new vessels during the development of overuse tendon injuries and its association with tendon pain and the proliferation of sensory nerves containing nociceptive substances. Before starting his PhD in Experimental Medicine, he worked as research assistant and lab manger in Nenomedicine and Tissue Engineering Research Centre in Iran. His current research interest is cell signaling pathways and the effects of physical stimuli on cell behavior and signal transduction. He is also interested in integrating different disciplines and knowledge translation to the clinic in the research area of musculoskeletal injuries.
Dr. Lindsay Nettlefold is a Research Associate at the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility, working under the direction of Dr. Heather McKay. Lindsay completed her PhD (Experimental Medicine) at UBC, following a Masters (Exercise Physiology) at Queen’s University. Her research interests include: the relationship between patterns of physical activity, sedentary time and health outcomes in children; the delivery and effectiveness of health-promoting school-based interventions in youth; and the role of the built environment in determining physical activity behaviours in youth. Lindsay is also interested in improving the measurement and reporting of physical activity and sedentary time in research settings.
Amalia “Marie” Punzalan is a Research Nurse Coordinator for the department of Radiology working alongside Dr Jonathon Leipsic and Dr Bruce Forster. Marie joined CHHM in December 2011 after completing 7 years as a Research Coordinator in Ophthalmology for Vitreo-retinal diseases at the UBC/VCHA Eye Care Centre. Marie is a CCRP (Certified Clinical Research Professional) and a SoCRA member since 2009. Her research background prior to VGH was in Endocrinology for Osteoporosis research and Naturopathy with stem cell use of shark cartilage as adjucvent or replacement therapy for various cancer patients. Marie’s primary research role and interests focus on the regulatory, administrative and logistical planning for research activities and studies.
PhD Candidate, UBC
Douglas Race is a Research Coordinator with the Bone Health Research Group and is heavily involved in the day to day operation of four projects: 1) The Healthy Bones Study (HBS), 2) Health Promoting Secondary Schools (HPSS), 3) Risk-taking Behaviour and Forearm Fractures in Boys and Girls (The Fracture Study), and 4) Linking Exercise, Activity and Pathophysiology in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (The LEAP Study). Douglas joined the CHHM in 2009 as a Coop student, while completing a Master’s of Arts in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria. Douglas stayed on part-time at the CHHM as a Research Assistant while finishing his degree and transitioned into his current position after completing his degree in 2011. His research interests include nutrition, physical activity and exercise, and children’s health.
Adult Health and Illness
Bone and Joint Health
Applicatin of Learning Technologies to Clinical Practice
Dr. Ryan Rhodes is an exercise psychologist and his research and teaching are focused on the psychology of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. He has applied interests in early family development of physical activity and special populations. Ryan’s diverse expertise stems from my BA in Psychology and a MA in Exercise Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He completed his PhD in Behavioral Medicine at the University of Alberta and began a faculty position at the University of Victoria in June of 2001.
He is the director of the Behavioural Medicine (BMED) lab within the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria, Canada. For more information about Dr. Rhodes and the complete profile of his research, visit http://bmed.uvic.ca/
For a list of Dr. Ryan Rhodes' current Research Projects
Dr. Robinovitch is a Core Member at the Centre For Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver General Hospital and is part of the International Collaboration on Repair Discovery. He works with hip and fall researchers across Canada, the USA, and the UK. Dr. Robinovitch’s research group uses the tools of biomechanics to develop and evaluate novel techniques for preventing disability and injury. He seeks to generate new understanding of the risk factors for injury and mobility impairment, and to develop and test novel interventions. Most projects involve experimental measures of human movement dynamics, often combined with computer-based modeling efforts. For example, his group is interested in understanding the relative importance of strength versus reaction time in affecting mobility and balance. A particular focus of Dr. Robinovitch’s laboratory is the prevention of injuries in the event of fall (especially hip fractures, wrist fractures, and brain injuries). Experimental equipment in the “Falling Lab”“ includes computer-controlled platforms to simulate slips and trips, head-mounted gaze-measurement and vision occlusion glasses, mattress-style floors, and artificial pelvises wired with pressure sensors and accelerometers. Here, Dr. Robinovitch and his team are designing and testing the ability of energy-absorbing floors and protective clothing (e.g., hip padding devices) to reduce impact forces and injury risk during falls. They are also examining the cause of age-related changes in fall protective responses (e.g., use of the hands to arrest the fall), with the aim of developing exercise-based therapies for fracture prevention. Dr. Robinovitch's research extends beyond the lab; an increasing focus is monitoring movement patterns in the real-life environment, through miniature wearable sensors and video technology. Working with a broad range of researchers he investigates activity patterns of the elderly in daily life, comparing the movements of those who fall repeatedly with those who rarely lose their balance. His work is helping to put Canada at the forefront for healthy aging in the world.
Research Assistant, Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
Colin Russell is a Research Engineer working alongside Dr. Stephen Robinovitch. Colin joined CHHM as a staff member in 2011, following experience as a co-op student and Master's student in the Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics Group at UBC. Working at the Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory at Simon Fraser University and the Safe Movement Environment at CHHM, Colin helps set up and run lab equipment and develops hardware and software methods and techniques to assist with graduate student projects and research. Colin's interests span a wide range of biomedical engineering topics and issues including biomechanics and injury prevention, biomedical devices, and mathematical modeling and simulation.
Active Streets Active People Sr.
Active Streets Active People Jr.
Dr. Scott is a graduate of the UBC Physical Therapy program, and the UBC Experimental Medicine PhD program. His research targets a widespread problem, overuse injuries and chronically painful tendon disorder in workers and athletes. His research has been highlighted and supported locally by organizations including the WorksafeBC, Professional Association of BC and the Health Sciences Association, nationally through CIHR sponsored events and seminars, and internationally including sponsorship by the Canada-Scandinavia Foundation and the Swedish Research Council. He maintains active collaborations with Oslo University, Umeå University, and University of Paris. His work has been incorporated into widely used web-based clinical guidelines such as UpToDate©, and the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy clinical guideline on Achilles tendinopathy.
Dr. Vicky Scott is the Senior Advisor on Fall and Injury Prevention for the province of British Columbia with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit and the Ministry of Health. Her academic appointment is with the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine as a Clinical Associate Professor with the School of Population and Public Health. She is Director of the Centre of Excellence on Mobility, Fall Prevention and Injury in Aging (CEMFIA) at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility; Chair of the BC Fall and Injury Prevention Coalition; Principal Investigator for the Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum; and co-lead on a new project on healthy aging and fall prevention among older Aboriginal people.
Dr. Vicky Scott's Affiliations: Ministry of Health: Fall Prevention/Staying Independent
Research Assistant, Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould is involved in knowledge translation and exchange across a number of projects at CHHM primarily with older adults, their families, the health professionals who work with them and local, provincial and national stakeholders. Her research interests include: the delivery of home health services to elderly clients (home care), the intersection of family care and health care, aging in place and the role of the built environment, aging in a long term care environment, knowledge translation and exchange and qualitative research methodologies.
MD, MPH, FRCSC
Vina Tan is a PhD student under the supervision of Drs. Heather McKay and Heather Macdonald. Vina joined CHHM in September 2010 after a 5-year position as an academic faculty member in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia. She completed her MSc in Sports Science from Malaysia in 2005 and her research interest in exercise as a prescription for health has led her to focus on the role of physical activity on adolescent bone health. Vina is part of the Health Promoting Secondary Schools (HPSS) study, a cluster randomized-controlled trial of a whole-school based intervention program. Vina has taken a leadership role in the HPSS-Bone Health Study team that travels across the province to conduct DXA and pQCT scans using the CHHM Mobile Lab. Her doctoral thesis will focus on the components of physical activity and health-related fitness that contributes to bone strength and structure in adolescents.
Preliminary Feasibility of Using 3D Fluoroscopy to Study Knee and Hip Kinematics
Suzanne holds a Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University. She is passionate about promoting active transportation and positive urban design to support long-term population health. Under the leadership of Drs. Heather McKay, Joanie Sims-Gould and Meghan Winters, Suzanne works to coordinate the Active Streets, Active People project--an innovative study working to evaluate the influence of street-level changes on older adult’s mobility and social interactions. She is also involved in investigating Vancouver residents’ readiness to participate in a public bike share program. In recent years, Suzanne has worked at the University of Victoria to evaluate a province-wide initiative to increase healthy food and beverage sales in recreation facilities. This work, together with her Master’s-level studies, led her to co-author several papers relating to the role of healthy food environments and public-private partnerships in combatting obesity and non-communicable diseases. Suzanne also takes interest in global health issues and has spent several months in Guatemala and Uganda learning and volunteering within a community development context. Her ultimate aim is to help individuals and communities sustain healthy, purposeful and fulfilling lives.
Catherine Tong has a background in Latin American Studies (BA from UVic, MA from SFU), and has worked and volunteered with several community-based health initiatives in Canada and Central America. Through these work experiences, she saw first-hand how issues of race, ethnicity and immigration can impact the health of an individual. She is currently a third year doctoral trainee at the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility, working under the supervision of Drs. Heather McKay and Joanie Sims-Gould. As a member of the ASAP-Foreign-Born team, her doctoral research critically examines how ethnicity and the immigration experience impact the health and mobility of foreign-born older adults living in Metro Vancouver. Catherine’s research is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Award, and the Vancouver Foundation. Her research would not be possible without the unwavering support of the multi-lingual, multi-talented Seniors Hub Council in South Vancouver.
Research Assistant, Exercise is Medicine
Dr. Christine Voss is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility. Her research is driven by the overarching aim to tackle the physical inactivity pandemic: fewer than 1 in 10 young Canadians are currently active enough to achieve health benefits. Promoting active transport, such as walking or biking, may be one of the few opportunities to incorporate more physical activity into young people’s busy, daily routines. An exercise physiologist by training, Christine obtained her PhD in 2010 from the University of Essex, UK, where she investigated health behaviours – including active travel to school - and health outcomes in English youth. Christine is now a lead researcher of ASAP – Jr., and with fellowships from the ‘Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’ and ‘Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research’, she endeavours to better understand the interplay between travel to school, the built environment, and health in children and youth from Vancouver and beyond
Dr. Anne Wallis has a background in science (Molecular Biology PhD) and management that is key to her role in integrating the research and operational components of the CHHM. Dr. Wallis previously co-founded a biopharmaceutical company (Celator Technologies Inc.), where she served as Chief Operating Officer, advancing the company from its early stage as a university spin-off to an established venture capital-funded organization. She has substantial experience in strategic leadership and management, including successful fundraising within major programs supported by the Leading Edge Endowment Fund, the High Tech/New Emerging Technologies Fund, and the Provincial Health Services Authority.
Dr. Rizhi Wang is Associate Professor at the Department of Materials Engineering, UBC, and Associate, Department of orthopaedics, UBC. Dr. Wang’s experience spans academic positions at Tsinghua University, the Weizmann Institute of Science, University of Minnesota, and Princeton. Dr. Wang is well known for his research on material-related issues around hip replacement, his expertise in implant processing and fracture mechanics. Dr. Wang’s research interests include orthopaedic implants, drug delivery biomaterials, anti-infection solutions, bone/implant fixation, and bone structure and mechanics. Dr. Wang currently serves on the Board for the Canadian Biomaterials Society.
Pathogenesis of tendinosis: clinical and laboratory studies.
Dr. David Wilson is Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, UBC. He received his D. Phil. in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford for work on the 3-dimensional kinematics of the knee, followed by a fellowship in orthopaedic biomechanics. His research interests include sports medicine, joint reconstruction/ replacement, and medical imaging. Dr. Wilson is renowned for his research on the links between joint mechanics, clinical symptoms, and the success of orthopaedic procedures. His team has expertise in non-invasive assessments of cartilage health, including the use of emerging MRI techniques, such as delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI of cartilage (dGEMRIC), to detect changes in osteoarthritic joints much earlier than conventionally possible. Dr. Wilson was awarded a Canadian Arthritis Network New Investigator award.
Dr. Winters is a population health researcher interested in the link between health, transportation, and city design. Her research focuses on ways that cities and their infrastructure can play a role in promoting healthy and safe travel, for people of all ages and abilities. Current projects include natural experiments and cross-sectional studies looking at the role of the social and the built environment on the health and mobility of older adults and youth; studies on the impact and equity of public bikeshare initiatives, locally and internationally; and an assessment of data needs related to the integration of health and transportation in practice. Given her focus on knowledge translation, she has been involved in the development of a number of end user tools, including a web-based interactive Cycling Route Planner (www.cyclevancouver.ubc.ca), and a partnership with the US company Walk Score, to launch a “Bike Score” for cities across North America.