When everything is working properly, humans can perform high-demand activities of daily living for more than 100 years. This rarely happens. One of the greatest barriers to realizing this potential is pathology of the musculoskeletal system. Joints are critical elements for enabling complex movements between segments, and they are remarkable in their ability to facilitate motion while transmitting forces; however, changes due to disease and injury interfere with mechanical function. Clinical interventions aim to alter joint mechanics; however, a lack of information on how healthy joints function during dynamic loading and whether interventions effectively alter joint mechanics as intended limit the ability to optimize treatments. 

The purpose of this work is to use biplanar videoradiography to directly measure a person’s specific anatomy in motion while they perform high-demand activities. Precise information describing the motion of the skeletal system coupled with full-body musculoskeletal modeling approaches may provide insights into joint function and health.

Current Members

Micheal Rainbow, PhD
Principal Investigator

Understanding the relationships between form, function, and dysfunction in multi-articular joint structures of the appendicular skeleton using a comparative approach involving collaboration with researchers in evolutionary biology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, computer science, exercise science, and motor control.

Erin Lee
PhD Candidate

The relationship between morphology and function in the shoulder

Anja-Verena Behling
PhD Student

Determining form-function relationships in the human foot, specifically the midfoot

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Quinn Yetman
MASc Student

Computational modelling of the ankle joint complex to understand relationship between bone motion and soft tissue behaviour

Kayla Lee
MASc Student

3D analysis of the shoulder joint complex during motion and varying conditions

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Kaito Lee
Lab Technician

Managing laboratory infrastructure, while collaborating with scientists and engineers on biomechanical projects relating to the wrist, shoulder, and feet

Undergraduate Research Students

Aidan Shimizu
Applied Mathematics & Engineering

Quantifying foot power during locomotion using biplanar x-ray data as input

Annabel Vrba
Mechanical Engineering

Researching shoulder anatomy with the intention of understanding how externally applied forces can influence injuries in the glenohumeral joint

Hanna Gamelin
Applied Mathematics & Engineering

Investigating the relationship between talar dome curvature and talocrural mechanics

Sponsors

The Estate of Donald McGeachy, B.Sc. (Mech Eng) 1940