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Welcome to the Human Mobility Research Centre

The Centre is a partnership between Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and serves as a point of collaboration between the disciplines of medicine, engineering, health sciences, and computer science. HMRC provides shared research space and services for clinicians, orthopaedic surgeons, university faculty, students, and industry.

At HMRC our focus is helping people live fuller, more mobile lives by pioneering the development of innovative and effective treatment strategies for bone and joint disorders caused by arthritis, osteoporosis, injury, and related problems.

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  • Congratulations to Allison Clouthier, MECH, on receiving the Force & Motion/ORS Young Scientist Scholarship Award
    April 4, 2016


    Allison Clouthier, PhD Candidate with Mechanical Engineering has received the Force & Motion/ORS Young Scientist $10,000 Scholarship Award for 2016.


    The Force and Motion Foundation is a non-profit organization, fully funded by AMTI to support students in fields related to multi-axis force measurement and testing. The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) promotes, supports, and develops and encourages research in surgery and musculoskeletal disease and disciplines. Force and Motion and ORS jointly award the Young Scientist Scholarship to a young trainee whose abstract has been accepted for presentation at the ORS 2016 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The $10,000 scholarship will be granted for research related to multi-axis force measurement and testing.


    Read more about the Allison's award on Twitter Congratulations Allison!

  • Congratulations to Dr. M. Rainbow (MECH) and Dr. L. Wells (CHEE) on receving Queen's Research Opportunities Fund Awards
    April 1, 2016


     The Queen's Research Opportunities Fund (QROF) was established in the Fall of 2015 by the Vice-Principal of Research, Dr. Steven Liss.  The QROF is a new suite of internal awards in support of the research enterprise at Queen's.  With up to $1 million awarded in the first competition, the QROF's intention is to provide researchers and scholars the opportunity to accelerate their research programs. 


    Dr. Micheal Rainbow, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, received $20,000 through the International Fund of QROF. The International Fund is to assist in augmenting the University's international reputation through increased global engagement.


    Dr. Laura Wells, Chemical Engineering, received $49,600 for her project through the Research Leaders' Fund.. The Research Leaders' Fund which is provided for strategic institutional commitments to aspirational research in support of the University's Research strengths and priorities.


    Congratulations to Dr. Rainbow and Dr. Wells!   Read the full article in the Queen's Gazette:  "Internal awards program invest in researchers". 

  • Dr. David Pichora, Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research and Dr. John Rudan featured in Queen's Gazette article
    March 18, 2016


    Dr. David Pichora, inaugural holder of the Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research and Dr. John Rudan, Director, Clinical Research at HMRC and the Queen's Department of Surgery were featured in the Queen's Gazette article "Surgeons backing further research" by Deborah Melman-Clement.


    The Helliwell Chair was funded by a generous donation from the Paul B. Helliwell Foundation to Dr. Pichora at the Human Mobility Research Centre with the goal of leading research that will transform the way orthopaedic care is provided. Helliwell Foundation President John Jenah says his foundation was impressed with the work being done in the Human Mobility Lab.


    The Foundation's donation was matched by the surgeons themselves. "We have always liked the idea of investing in ourselves," says Dr. John Rudan, Department of Surgery Chief. Within the Department of Surgery, the Division of Orthopaedics contributred $500,000 toward the Helliwell Chair. Matching donor funds allows the surgeons to support some of their most important work. "It also allows us to do more with what we've got, to do it better and faster so that we can stay on the leading edge," said Dr. Rudan.


    Read the full article in the Queen's Gazetee online "Surgeons backing further research".

  • Congratulations to Dr. Laura Wells, Dr. Michael Rainbow and Dr. Gabor Fichtinger and their CFI grant awards
    March 14, 2016


    Three Queen's researchers associated with HMRC were awarded grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) John R. Leaders Fund. The fund is designed to help universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them cutting-edge research tools.

    Dr. Laura Wells (Chemical Engineering) was awarded $125,000 for research to address the needs for better treatments of ophthalmic diseases through the development of bioresponsive drug delivery systems and novel materials that can improve medical device outcomes.

    Dr. Michael Rainbow (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) was awarded $200,000 which will allow the establishment of a High-Speed Skeletal Imaging Laboratory for Dr. Rainbow's research into human joint anatomy. The research should help improve the lives of the aging population by determining the best treatments.

    Dr. Gabor Fichtinger (School of Computing) was awarded $358,342. Dr. Fichtinger and his fellow researchers in the Department of Surgery will use the funding to develop NaviKnife, the world's first spatially navigated surgical tool that can differentiate between cancerous and healthy tissues in real-time as the tissue is being resected from the patient.


    For more information read the Queen's Gazette article:  "Funding strengthens cutting-edge research"

RSSHMRC Events & Seminars

There are no seminars available at this time.


The HMRC Seminar Series has concluded for the 2015-2016 season. Please join us in the fall for the 2016-2017 HMRC Seminar Series.


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The Human Mobility Research Lab brings together clinicians, researchers and engineers seeking new strategies for prevention and treatment of bone and joint disorders.  This state-of-the art facility is designed to study human movement in all its complexity. 


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