RESEARCH

WORKING TOWARD A PAIN FREE FUTURE

 

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that involves articular cartilage breakdown, loss of joint function with pain, and severe disability. 

With millions of people affected globally, osteoarthritis of the knee joint is a huge health care burden. Further, knee ligament and cartilage injury in younger populations can result in the development of osteoarthritis over time. Despite successful reconstructive surgery, osteoarthritis may still develop. This situation can severely impact one’s quality of life, employment opportunities, and overall health.

The objective of my research program is to determine changes associated with damage, contribute to the understanding of inflammation development, and provide foundational evidence for care related to delaying osteoarthritis development. By advancing methods of treatment, early osteoarthritis sufferers can effectively carry on with day-to-day activities, as well as avoid more invasive and expensive surgical methods, such as joint replacements.

CURRENT research projects

OSTEOARTHRITIS MANAGEMENT

TEAM Study

  • Novel Uses of Technology for Individuals with Mild to Moderate Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis: The Technology, Exercise Programming, and Activity Prescription for Enhanced Mobility Study (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Funding: Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario Innovation Fund (2021), Western Strategic Support for Tri-Council (CIHR) Success Seed Research Grant (2021), and Lawson Health Research Institute Internal Research Fund (2021)

Joint Management Study

  • An Online Resource for Individuals with Mild to Moderate Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis (Principal Investigator)
  • Funding: Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Seed Grant (2020) and
    Canadian Musculoskeletal Rehab Research Network Pilot Grant (2020)

Joint Effort + GLA:D Study

  • A Comparison Between a Standardized (GLA:DTM Canada) and an Individualized (Joint Effort) Exercise Program on Functional Mobility, Quality of Life, Pain Management, and Inflammatory Biomarkers in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients (Co-Investigator)
  • Funding: McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health Encore Catalyst Operating Grant (2017-2019) and the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network Research Facilitation Fund (2021)

JOINT INJURY

OSKGAR Study

  • Osteoarthritis and Sporting Knee Injury: Genetic Association with Risk Osteoarthritis (OSKGAR) Consortium (Co-Investigator)
  • Funding: University of Oxford 

    Meniscus Root Tears Study

    • A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Non-Operative and Transtibial Medial Meniscus Root Repair for Treatment of Meniscus Root Tears (Co-Investigator)

    Arthroplasty Research

    Vivametrica Study

    • Application of Wearable Technology and Vivametrica Analytics to Support Outcomes of Knee Total Joint Arthroplasty in Alberta (Principal Co-Investigator)
    • Funding: Alberta Innovates Accelerating Innovations into Care Grant (2017-2019)

    Arthroplasty Interview Tool

    • Evaluation of The Development of a Readiness Interview Tool to Empower Patients to Modify Risk Factors Prior to Total Joint Arthroplasty (Principal Investigator)

    Total Knee Arthroplasty Dissatisfaction Study

    • The Role of Knee Joint Synovitis in Dissatisfied Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients (Co-Principal Investigator)
    • Funding: Carroll A. Laurin Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (2019) & Western University Department of Surgery Resident Research Grant (2019-2020)

    Tibial Stem Study

    • Assessing the Influence of Body Mass Index, Tibial Component Surface Area, and Tibial Stem Length on Survivorship and Revision Rates in Total Knee Arthroplasty (Principal Investigator)

    Patient-Oriented Research

    Orthopaedic Surgery Delphi Study

    • Application of the Delphi Technique for the Development of Guidance for Best Practice in Orthopaedic Surgery Literature (Co-Investigator)

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