Joint & Bone Initiative

CBJC 2018 Conference Program

Conference Program PDF

 Pre-Conference: Canadian Bone & Joint Young Investigator Forum 


Thursday, May 10, 2018



Registration & Breakfast

Welcome & Introductions





Young Investigator Oral Presentations: Session 1

Ryan J Frayne; Dalhousie University
New Regulations for Ice Hockey Goaltender Equipment and their Effects on Upper Body Range of Motion

Geoffrey J Kerr; Western University
Investigating the Role of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Delta in Intervertebral Disc Health and Degeneration

Syed Jafri; University of Calgary
Development of Thresholds for Assessing Fracture Risk Using HR-pQCT


Networking Break





Young Investigator Oral Presentations: Session 2

Mohammad M Haddara; Western University
The Effect of Wrist Position on Tendon Loads Following Pulley Sectioning and Operative Reconstruction

Harvi Hart; La Trobe University; Australia
Relation of Step Rate to Worsening of Patellofemoral and Tibiofemoral Joint Cartilage Damage in Women And Men - The Most Study

Akihiro Nakamura; University Health Network, University of Toronto
Inhibition of microRNA-181a-5p Attenuates Osteoarthritis in Knee and Facet Joints


Networking Break


Interactive Career-Building Workshop: Part 1 

Jill McAbe (Talk Boutique)
Mindcode® Workshop—Goal Setting for Professional Leadership,
Career Planning and Project Coordination


Lunch Break


Interactive Career-Building Workshop: Part 2 

Brenda Nguyen (Ivey, Business School)
Leading with Character


Annual Bernier Lecture & Reception 

Elise F. Morgan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University
The Search for Better Predictors of Fracture Risk in the Spine





Hosted by Western University’s Bone and Joint Institute

in collaboration with the Canadian MSK Rehabilitation Research Network


Friday, May 11, 2018


Conference Registration Opens





Light Breakfast & Round Table Discussions:

Trainee Networking

Technology & Wearable Sensors Working Group Meeting

Patient Engagement Working Group Meeting


Welcome Address




Plenary Session A: Basic Biological Advances in MSK Health

Farshid Guilak, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University

Engineering New Biologic Therapies for Arthritis: From Synthetic Materials to Synthetic Biology

9:45 Kurt Hankenson; University of Michigan
Discovering Novel Regulators of Osteoblastogenesis
9:55 Helal Endisha; Krembil Research Institute
Microrna-34a: Role in The Development of Osteoarthritis During Obesity
10:05 Margaret Sun; Western University
Investigating The Role of Retinoid X Receptor in Cartilage Development and Homeostasis
10:15 Question Panel


Networking Break & Poster Viewing



Plenary Session B: Innovations in Physical Sciences & Engineering Research

Stephen Robinovitch, School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University

Beyond Fall Prevention: Strategies for Mitigating the Consequences of Falls in Older Adults.

11:45 Janet Ronsky; University of Calgary
Advances in In-Vivo Knee Joint Mechanics with Integrated Dynamic Imaging, MRI and Modeling Approaches
11:55 Daniel Martel; University of Waterloo
Probabilistic Model Approaches for Evaluating The Clinical Effectiveness of Fall-Related Hip Fracture Interventions
12:05 Charles Dion; Western University
Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty Using a Novel 3D Printed Titanium Augment: A Biomechanical Cadaveric Study
12:15 Question Panel


BJI RBAC Annual Meeting (invitation only - Health Sciences, Rm 9)


Conference Lunch & Poster Viewing                  




Update from the Scientific Director of the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health & Arthritis 

Karim Khan, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research

IMHA: The Mission, Vision and Research Opportunities



Plenary Session C: Improving MSK Health through Clinical, Community & Health Services Research 

Linda Li, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia

The Role of Digital Intervention in Bone and Joint Health

2:45 Julie Richardson; McMaster University
Optimal Musculoskeletal Function and Activity:  Ensuring Fidelity of Community-Based Exercise Programs
2:55 Tara Kajaks;  McMaster University, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Caring for caregivers: A Characterization of Injuries Observed in Community-Based Personal Support Workers
3:05 Simon Deslauriers; Université Laval
Waiting Time to Access Multidisciplinary Pain Treatment Facilities for Patients with Rheumatic Conditions in Quebec
3:15 Question Panel


Networking Break & Poster Viewing





Plenary Session D: Knowledge Translation: Commercialization & Publication

Graham King, Western University

From Design to Market: The Evolution of the Evolve

Discussion Panel: How to Succeed in Publishing Your Research - Ask the Editors from a Range of MSK Journals


Day 1 Wrap-Up


Private Cocktail Hour for BJI Board and RBAC (invitation only- Michael's Garden, Somerville House)


Cocktail Hour and Gala Banquet - Great Hall, Somerville House


Guest Speaker: Robert Buren

From Paraplegia to the Podium: 9 Years of Finding a Way



Saturday, May 12, 2018


Conference Day 2 Opens



Plenary Session E: Biomedical Advances in MSK Health

Frank Barry, REMEDI, National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science, National University of Ireland, Galway

MSC Therapy for Osteoarthritis: Status and Obstacles

9:15 Jane Mitchell; University of Toronto
Effect of Osteoblast G Protein Expression on Bone Development and Strength
9:25 Poulami Datta; Krembil Research Institute
Inhibition of Autotaxin attenuates High-Fat Diet-Induced or Surgically-Induced Acceleration of Osteoarthritis
9:35 Lina Y. Abu Nada; McGill University
The Antidepressant, Sertraline, Hinders Bone Healing and Implant Osseointegration in Rats Tibiae 
9:45 Question Panel


Networking Break & Poster Viewing



Plenary Session F: MSK Research to Advance Lifelong Mobility

 Jean-Francois Esculier, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia

Patellofemoral Pain: Clinical Management Based on the Latest Research

11:15 Janie Wilson; Dalhousie University
Joint Biomechanics after Total Knee Arthroplasty Surgery: Are We Missing the Target?
11:25 Fabio  Carlos Lucas de Oliveira; Université Laval
A Single-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial of Kinesiotaping for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
11:35 Brooke E Patterson; La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Changes in Cartilage Damage Between One and Five Years Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
11:45 Jackie Whittaker;  University of Alberta
Prevention of Osteoarthritis after Youth Sport-Related Knee Injuries
11:55 Question Panel


Lunch & Poster Viewing

Canadian MSK Rehabilitation Research Network: Annual Meeting & Update



Plenary Session G: Novel Wearable Technology Solutions for MSK Rehabilitation

 Laurent Bouyer, Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval

Development of Data Processing Algorithms for Portable Technologies to Measure Movement Quality and Muscle Fatigue

2:15 Megan Fennema; Western University
Improving Patient Satisfaction Post-Total Knee Replacement: New Insight via Novel Wearable Sensor Metrics
2:25 Yue Zhou; Western University
Development of the Circumduction Metric for Identification of Cervical Motion Impairment
2:35 David M. Burns; University of Toronto
Shoulder Physiotherapy Exercise Recognition: Machine Learning the Inertial Signals from a Smartwatch
2:45 Question Panel


Networking Break


Award Presentations 

Formal Closing Remarks from the Bone & Joint Institute, Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network and Young Investigator Forum

David Holdsworth; Scientific Director, Bone & Joint Institute



Concurrent Break-out Group Sessions

Wearable Technology:
Delphi Project

Hosted by the Canadian
MSK Rehabilitation
Research Network

Interactive Workshop: Using 3D analysis to understand gait modifications for the injured runner in a clinical setting

 Jean-Francois Esculier,
University of British Columbia 

Round Table Discussion on Regenerative Medicine

Frank Beier, 
Western University


Post Conference Networking Event 
Middlesex College - Grad Club