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Congratulations to School of Computing PhD student Thomas Chen, who has won the prestigious Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) outstanding MSc thesis award in the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering for 2005/06. Thomas was recognized for the quality of his thesis and the outstanding level of his work, which has yielded four refereed conference publications and an invited paper in the top journal in his area, Computer Aided Surgery.  The award recognizes the top Master's thesis nominated from universities in the northeastern United States and Canada. Thomas will travel to New Hampshire for the formal dinner and presentation of his award and prize in April.  Congratulations to Thomas and to supervisors P. Abolmaesumi and R. Ellis on this outstanding recognition.

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 toether, 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.

It is with great sorrow that HMRC regretfully informs you of the passing of Dr. Carolyn Small, PhD., P.Eng, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Queen's University on Tuesday, September 27th, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. Please click here for information about a memorial service at Queen's University Club on Friday, October 7th, 2005. Dr. Small was an innovative, inspiring and supportive member of the HMRC research community who will be greatly missed by fellow researchers and colleagues, staff and students.

On November 23rd, 2002 Dr. Small was elected to the grade of Fellow at The Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society banquet. For more information about this award and her inspiring acceptance speech please click here.

Each year at Queen's University, students recognize a select group of teachers for their outstanding contributions as educators and mentors. In September 2005 Dr.Lindsay Davidson (Orthopaedic Surgeon - Department of Surgery) was one of the teachers chosen for this prestigious award and was presented with the Faculty of Health Science Education Award for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Congratulations Dr. Davidson!

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Amsden from the Department of Chemical Engineering for receiving the Queen's University Chancellor's Research Award. This award is funded by the School of Graduate Studies and Research and presented to researchers to recognize their excellence and innovation. The award provided to each researcher will support graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates. Dr. Amsden specializes in the areas of drug delivery and biomaterials. His research involves creating a new biocompatible material that can be implanted into cartilage cushioning bones at the joints of the body. Dr. Amsden's early intervention approach will promote self-healing of existing cartilage and help reduce pain and disability in patients suffering from osteoarthritis.

Congratulations to the HMRC Fracture Management Team which was awarded a 5 year CIHR New Emerging Team Grant for their proposal entitled "Optimizing Fracture Management with Information Technology: Planning, Treatment and Assessment of Outcomes". The Principal Investigators are Dr. Ellis and Dr. Pichora. The co-applicants are: Dr. Purang Abolmaisumi, Dr. Tim Bryant, Dr. Paul Fenton, Dr. Norma MacIntyre, Dr. Yvan Petit, Dr. John Rudan, Dr. Rick Sellens, Dr. James Steward and Dr. Jeff Yach.  This important research will raise the standard of care for fracture management and improve outcomes for patients.

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