Innovation in Motion

move_300x300.jpgHealth Sciences/Biomedical Engineering Collaborative Research Day

Thank you to all who joined us as we explored the needs, opportunities and innovations in mobility research from the lab to the end user.

Joy MacDermid's keynote presentation

Emily Lalone's keynote presentation

Event Details

Monday, June 3, 2019
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Check-in begins at 8:30 am
Reception to follow

Brescia University College
1285 Western Road - London, Ontario

Keynote addresses, research presentations, community panel discussion, networking


Registration information will be posted when it becomes available.

The deadline to register is May 24, 2019.

Schedule of Events

  • 8:30 a.m. – Registration/Check-in Opens
  • 9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Keynote Introduction
  • 9:15 a.m. – Keynote Address #1 and Q&A
    • Joy MacDermid, School of Physical Therapy
  • 9:55 a.m. – Panel Discussion: Transitions in Care
  • 10:50 a.m. – Break
  • 11:10 a.m. – Graduate Student Three-Minute Research Presentations
  • Noon – Lunch and Networking
  • 1:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion: Wearables and Orthopedic Implants
  • 2:30 p.m. - Graduate Student Three-Minute Research Presentations
  • 3:25 p.m. – Break
  • 3:45 p.m. - Keynote Address #2 and Q&A
    • Emily Lalone, Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • 4:20 p.m. - Closing Remarks
  • 4:30 p.m. - Reception

About the Keynote Speakers


Joy MacDermid, PhD

James Roth Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Health

School of Physical Therapy
Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University

In addition to holding the Roth Research Chair, Joy MacDermid is also a CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health - Muscle and Tone. Her research examines the development and evaluation of outcomes for pain and disability in addition to upper extremity orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation.


Emily Lalone, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Western University

Emily Lalone co-directs the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at Western University. Her research interests are both interdisciplinary and translational and involve using research from Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, Medical Imaging, Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.

Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Presenters

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from the Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Biomedical Engineering will deliver short presentations introducing their research and showcasing how the discoveries being made in their areas are changing the world around us.

Morning Session Presentations

  • Emma Donnelly (Engineering)
    Hip Hip Hooray: Arthroscopy and Joint Biomechanics
  • Humberto Omana (Health Sciences)
    The exploration of dual-task gait testing as a clinical tool to inform rehabilitation in lower-limb amputees
  • Will Anderson (Engineering)
    Wireless Telemetry Load Sensor for Orthopedic Applications
  • Meghan Vollebregt (Health Sciences)
    Practice-Based Research: Co-creating Knowledge Without the Gap
  • Sara Holland (Engineering)
    How to Get a Better Grip on Your Golf Game
  • Michelle Wong (Health Sciences)
    Brain Health and Aging: All About Falls Risk
  • Nadia Sharma (Engineering)
    Development of Tissue-Specific Instructive Matrices for Interverebral Disc Regeneration
  • Katie Kowlaski (Health Sciences)
    Aging, Mental Fatigue and Motor Performance
  • Iyad Al-Nasri (Health Sciences)
    Wearable Sensor for Measurement of Neck Movement
  • Molly Driediger (Health Sciences)
    Childcare Physical Activity Policy: It's Child's Play
  • Madeleine Van de Kleut (Engineering)
    Radiostereometric Analysis for the Evaluation of Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • Andrea Kassay (Engineering)
    Osteoarthritis: Wait for it...better yet, don't

Afternoon Session Presentations

  • Scott Aker (Engineering)
    Benchmarking Binaural Beamforming Algorithms in Hearing Aids
  • Maryan Ghodrati (Health Sciences)
    Nature, Nurture or Both?
  • Robert Collona (Health Sciences)
  • Victor Carranza (Engineering)
    Using Computer Models to Simulate Surgery
  • Clare Padmore (Engineering)
  • Amanda McIntyre (Health Sciences)
    Should I Stay or Should I Go?: To The Emergency Department
  • Vyshnave Jeyabalan (Health Sciences)
    Context-Specific Challenges, Opportunities and Ethics of Drones for Healthcare Delivery
  • Clara Tam (Engineering)
  • Allyson Oliphant (Health Sciences)
  • Junfeng Xiao (Engineering)
    3D Printing Fully Bioresorbable Vascular Stents
  • Chris Leclerc (Engineering)
  • Jordan Larocque (Health Sciences)
    Impact of Exercise on Type 1 Diabetes

Panel Discussions

Panel Discussion #1 - Transitions in Care


  • Michelle Servais (moderator)
    • Researcher, Quality Management, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Adjunct Research Professor, Western University
  • Jim Dickey
    • Associate Professor, Western University School of Kinesiology; Biomechanics
  • Tracy Shepherd
    • Speech Language Pathologist, Clinical Coordinator Augmentative Communication Service, Thames Valley Children's Centre
  • Tim Fielding
    • Medical Product Development Manager, MDA Space Missions
  • Nicole Turner
    • Advocate, Thames Valley Children's Centre Graduate, Technology user

Panel Discussion #2 - Wearables and Orthopedic Implants

Wearable technology and orthopedic implants play critical roles in a variety of mobility health concerns. Focusing on smart materials, joint replacement, and health monitoring, this panel will offer clinician, researcher, and industry perspectives on the effectiveness, client outlook, and future of wearable devices and orthopedic implants.


  • Jason Winders (moderator)
    • Editor, Western News
  • Bob Litchfield
    • Medical Director, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic; Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Mark Mackenzie
    • President and CEO, DAVWIRE Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Daniel Langohr
    • Assistant Professor, Western University Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering/School of Biomedical Engineering; Orthopedic joint replacement implants
  • Sheila Moodie
    • Assistant Professor, Western University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders