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On February 9th, 2006 at the Ontario Centres of Excellence conference in Toronto a team of researchers from Kingston General Hospital, Queen's University and Millenium Biologix were recognized for their research into the use of artificial bone. 

The research team, consisting of Dr. Mark Harrison's team at HMRC, Dr. Reg Smith's team from Queen's Mechanical and Materials Engineering and local biomedical company Millenium Biologix was awarded the Mind to Market Award at Discovery 2006:  Bridging the Innovation to Commercialization Gap  for its work on the anticipated widespread use of advanced bone substitutes in orthopaedic applications.

Dr. Harrison's team, which included fellow researchers Drs. Brian Amsden and Inka Brockhausen from Queen's University's Chemical Engineering and Medicine departments, test the effects of Millenium's synthetic Bone and Cartilage Stimulation Peptide (BCSP)  in combination with Skelite, a 100-per-cent synthetic calcium phosphate-based bone graft substitute.  The product could be used in a number of different orthopaedic applications such as treating fractures where bones won't fuse together, reconstituting bone which has been lost from around loose hip and knee prostheses and promoting fusion in spinal surgeries.

For more information about the award and the research please click and also for information about the award from the Ontario Centres of Excellence please click

A patent (US 6,990,220 B2) has been granted to iGO Technologies, a spin-off company of the Human Mobility Research Centre, for an invention by Drs. Randy Ellis and Tom Radcliffe.  This invention allows the creation of a virtual 3D representation of a surgical field and the tracking of a patient's anatomy and surgical instruments within that field.

The virtual representation is created from a plurality of images from sources such as a fluoroscope or ultrasound machine.  Using the system, surgeons are able to plan and test surgical interventions such as osteotomies and joint replacements, prior to actually changing a patient's anatomy.

Once the ideal intervention as been planned in the virtual world, the system provides intraoperative real-time qualitative and quantitative feedback to the surgeon to transfer the planned intervention into the real world and onto a patient's anatomy.

According to Dr. David Pichora, Chair Orthopaedics Surgery at Kingston General Hospital "It is expected that more accurate surgical interventions will result in lower revision rates and longer lasting implants. Ultimately, this means healthier, happier patients and lower healthcare costs."

The William J. Henderson Foundation presented researchers and staff at HMRC with a $100,000 cheque in December 2005 to support the Centre's research efforts. Justice Henderson has made a number of generous donations to the Kingston General Hospital Foundation in support of HMRC.  Dr. John Rudan, orthopaedic surgeon and HMRC principal investigator, expressed his gratitude to Justice Henderson, "We are extremely grateful to Justice Henderson for recognizing the value of supporting research that will help people who would otherwise have to suffer with the pain and limited mobility caused by orthopaedic injuries and diseases."  For more information about this generous donation please click here.

Robert Gabourie of Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics and the Human Mobility Research Centre were featured in a story about the Niagara Prosthetic foot that has been developed for Third World countries. The Niagara foot provides an inexpensive and reliable solution to the disabled in developing countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and El Salvador. From this research Project Acceso was developed by the Social Program Evaluation Group at Queen's University in partnership with HMRC and Kingston General Hospital. For more details about this article please click here.

The Honourable Justice William J. Henderson was at the Human Mobility Research Centre on April 27th, 2005 for a press conference to be celebrated for his donation to the Centre. Justice Henderson's donation contributed to the research that led to the first computer-assisted hip resurfacing surgery that was performed on then 38 year old John Senior in June 2004. Computer-assisted hip resurfacing is a less invasive form of hip replacement and is ideally suited for younger patients who are ineligible for a total hip replacement. Dr. John Rudan, the orthopaedic surgeon who performed the ground-breaking surgery provided a demonstration of the technique and how the computer is used during the surgery. Joe De Mora, President and CEO of Kingston General Hospital and Carol Mackillop, Chair of the KGH Board of Directors spoke to express their appreciation to Justice Henderson and comment on the impact of his donation on research within the hospital. To read the article please click here and to view pictures from the conference please click here.

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