Joint & Bone Initiative

BJI News & Archives

The Bone and Joint Institute is dedicated to sharing information about activities and accomplishments among colleagues and the public. Please see below news stories organized by year. In the navigation menu on the left, you will find videos and profiles and so much more.


Exploring an Interdisciplinary "Pain Consortium" to Catalyze Excellence and Collaboration



September 2023

Exploring an Interdisciplinary "Pain Consortium" to Catalyze Excellence and Collaboration

February 2023

Dr. Matt Teeter Named Interim Director February 2022 - June 2024


November 2022

Novel Innovations to Enhance Every Day Mobility Comfort for All!

June 2022

Dr. Yolanda Hedberg nets $1.65M as lead in an International Collaborative Program in Corrosion Science

May 2022

New Gray chair aims to solve pain-limiting mobility problems 

April 2022

CMHR honoured as part of this year’s most outstanding educators  Busy mothers breastfed less in 19th century Netherlands: study Designing frugal medical devices among projects receiving Western strategic grants 

February 2022

Over-the-counter meds offer same level of pain relief as opioids: study Appleton, Mao and Pamukoff receive part of $1.25M in CFI Funding to move the research needle 

January 2022

BJI members renewed as CRC 


September 2021

Flattening the power curve with patient-centred research

July 2021

Two MSK Innovation Competition winners are using technology to revolutionize primary care

Dr. Joy MacDermid and her team work to provide accessible rehabilitation through remote care.

May 2021

Canadian Physiotherapy Association recognizes four Western Faculty with Honours - It's a BJI Sweep!

April 2021

Dr. Emily Lalone and her team use imaging technologies to improve outcomes for patients suffering from wrist fractures.

March 2021

Dr. Frank Beier and the research in his lab are highlighted on the Joint Action Podcast "New insights into osetoarthritis onset with Prof Frank Beier"

Arthritis At Home Episode 67 – Updates in osteoarthritis treatment and care with Dr. Tom Appleton

February 2021

London start-up raises the bar on spinal implats: Taking home-grown research to the international market

BJI Team finds media traction with CMAJ Paper

January 2021

BJI Board Member Dr. Marlys Koshinski appointed to the 2020 Order of Ontario

Combined forces help combat the pain and disability of arthritis


December 2020

Dr Joy MacDermid Recognized with Tier I Canada Research Chair

Western News: New Western Study Shows No Pain No Gain for Knee Osteoarthritis

Globe and Mail: Work through the pain - If you have arthritis is will get better.

October 2020

Patches the Dog (Sept 2018) - UPDATE: BJI Partner company ADEISS and their Advanced Manufacturing processes continues to push the field forward 

September 2020

Stem Cells: Getting Them Where They Need to Go - Dr. Lauren Flynn

July 2020

Medical Innovation Fellows to generate new solutions

 April 2020

Where are they Now: Future Leaders - Branching Out

MacDermid Earns Top Scholar Honours

January 2020

Why MSK? Why Western - Quality of Life & Mobility: MSK Research on the Rise

Joint Research on Target for Arthritis Sufferers

Grant bolsters Western-led MSK network


November 2019

Crites Battié earns lifetime honour for research

October 2019

Dr. Ryan Willing receives Peter C Maurice Research Fellowship in BioMed Engineering

Dozen projects earn funding backing - BJI Members Receive Awards

September 2019

Flynn named as new member of the Royal Society - College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists

Dr. Joy MacDermid named as Royal Society Fellow

August 2019

Drs. Penula & Willing receive CFI backing

July 2019

BJI Members see great success with CIHR funding

Bone and Joint Institute Members Celebrated

June 2019

2019 Catalyst Awards are Announced

Dixon, Siqueira honoured by IADR

May 2019

Getgood Study: Knee surgery benefits from extra step

A-Line Orthopaedics take the top spot at the MSK Innovation Competition 

March 2019

Frank Beier honoured for excellence in osteoarthritis research

New discovery from Bone and Joint Institute unlocks mysteries of common spine disease

January 2019

Innovation puts charge in smart knee implants


September 2018

Patches the Dog signals changes to reconstructive surgery options

July 2018

Dr. Jeffrey Dixon presented with the IADR Distinguished Scientists Award

June 2018

BJI Members Awarded CIHR Collaborative Health Funding

May 2018

Micro-CT scans show 2,100-year-old ‘hawk’ mummy a stillborn baby

Dr. Jeffrey Dixon presented CCTC Life Time Achievements Award 2018 

March 2018

Entrepreneurial team wins with surgical precision

BJI Trainee looks to reduce pain in golf games

Dr. David Walton awarded Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship

New Wearable technology may hold big benefit

February 2018

Bone and Joint expert finds physiotherapy moves Canada during cross-country investigation

Study looks to extinguish persistent firefighter pain

 - Hamilton Spectator

January 2018

Drs. Nelson and Holdsworth explore Canada's oldest hockey stick

Dr. Kevin Shoemaker - Astronaut's Circulation woes can cue better health for all

Bone and Joint Institute assists with research on prehistoric women

In Memoriam: Dr. James McAuley


December 2017

Important funding support for Arthritis Research in the Bone and Joint Institute (Drs. Leask and Appleton)

November 2017

Dr. Michele Crites Battié announced as BJI WRC in Exercise, Mobility and Health

September 2017

Scholars named among nation’s elite

August 2017

Terry Peters named Member of the Royal Society of Canada

Work keeps a ‘smart’ eye on glaucoma - Dr. Aaron Price

Western University doctor endorses juvenile arthritis drug- Dr. Janet Pope

July 2017

St. Joe's medical milestone marked - Roth|McFarlan Hand & Upper Limb Centre

Dr. Joy MacDermid Leads the Canadian MSK Rehab Network

June 2017

Dr. Louis Ferriera shares in $700,000 ORF Early Researcher Awards

Drs. Emil Schemitsch and George Athwal receive CORL grant and J.Edouard Samson Award

May 2017

Advancements in Joint Repair - Dr. Alan Getgood

Towards better techniques in knee surgery - Dr. Alan Getgood

Knee key may be in growing your own - Dr. Alan Getgood

BJI Trainees Awarded at 2017 Canadian Connective Tissue Conference

Dr. Cheryle Seguin receives CIHR Funding to move Spine research forward(segment starts at 0:56)

April 2017

Dr. Cheryle Seguin receives Award of Excellence - Leader

Western welcomes state-of-the-art ADEISS facility to campus (Aprl 2017)

Dr. Getgood and Dr. Litchfield explain new clinical trial at Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic

March 2017

London researchers enroll first Canadian patients in trial of tissue implant using patients’ own cartilage cells

Drs. O'Gorman, Athwal and Faber receive 2017 Charles S. Neer Award for Clinical Science in the area of shoulder and elbow surgery

February 2017

Fellowship may unlock polymer research potential

Januay 2017

Dr. David Holdsworth reappointed as the Dr. Sandy Kirkley Chair in MSK Research

Dr. James Johnson reappointed as the Graham King Research Chair


December 2016

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

November 2016

Invention takes a new spin on concussion prevention

Drs. James Howard and Brent Lanting receive President's Award for Innovation

Surgery faculty receive MAC awards

Fellowship pushes boundaries of medical technologies

October 2016

Welcome to Western's Bone and Joint Institute (video)

Innovations in Diagnosis and Evaluation at Western’s Bone and Joint Institute (video)

August 2016

BJI Supported Western Medical Innovation Fellowship has Immediate Impact

Dr. David Holdsworth discusses innovative MSK technology

BJI Researchers receive $600,000 in CIHR-CHRP Funding for Systemic Sclerosis Research

July 2016

Holdsworth Research Team awarded 3.2M in CIHR Foundation Grant toward Dynamic Imaging of the Musculoskeletal System

Dr. Matt Teeter receives CIHR New Investigator Award

Dr. Robert Litchfield talks about the work done at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic

June 2016

Frank Beier redefines "Taking one for the Team" - TAS Tattoo for fundraising

Western insights inform rural seniors development

May 2016

Goalie Pad Interactions with Goal Tenders and their Technique - Roger's TV Video  and Western News Article

April 2016

BJI Members receive nearly $1,000,000 in NSERC Discovery Grants.

Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact

Dr. An Luisa Trejos speaks to Assistive Rehab devices as keynote at the 2016 Canadian Bone and Joint Conference 

2016 Canadian Bone and Joint Conference

March 2016

Bone and Joint Institute members are recognized with Distinguished University Professorships and Faculty Scholar Awards

Bone and Joint Researcher receives over $320,0000 in CFI John R Even's Leaders Fund support for research in Osteoarthritis.

February 2016

Dr. Trevor Birmingham announced as Tier 1 CRC in MSK Rehabilitation

Physiotherapist’s invention intended to reduce athletes’ concussion risk

New Western University study helps goalie mobility and may stop more pucks too

January 2016

BJI Researchers Marsh, Birmingham  and Giffin Publish Study: Cost a tipping point on knee surgeries

Dr. Emil Schemitsch appointed as Chair of the Department of Surgery


December 2015

Strength in Numbers - Schulich Rapport

November 2015

BJI Member, Dr. Matthew Teeter, PhD recognized with distinguished Polanyi Prize

New Fellowship puts innovation at forefront

October 2015

Small MRI Scanner gets Big Bucks

September 2015

Dr. Emil Schemitz is announced as Department of Orthopaedics Chair, Western University, Canada

July 2015

Development of new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems that are smaller, lighter, cheaper and easier to use nets $2.6M in funding.

June 2015

Adam Paish, Bone and Joint Institute, JuMP & CMHR Trainee and London Majors Pitcher - Balancing Career & Passion.

Biomedical Imaging at Western are "Big Winners" in recent ORF competition

Over $10.8M in ORF Funding for Western Researchers

May 2015

Bone and Joint Initiative gets funding 'leg up'

April 2015

Bone and Joint Institute Trainees see great success at London Health Research Day.

Tribe Medical Group Presents $100K Donation to Western University's Dr. James Roth Research Chair

Drs. Cheryle Seguin & Matt McCann - New Musculoskeletal Health study cautions use of whole-body vibration platforms

Visiting Presenter April 15th 10am : Renishaw "3D Printing Technologies for Dental and Medical Devices"

Career Opportunities" added to the Bone & Joint Website

Dr Lillian Barra - Uncovering the link between joints and heart health

March 2015

Western establishes The Bone and Joint Institute

Dr. Jeff Dixon awarded Western's 2015 Distinguished University Professorship

Dr. Lisa Fischer honoured as one of 2015's Women of Excellence

In Memoriam: Cy Frank, University of Calgary

Calgary Herald Article - Published March 5, 2015
Globe & Mail Obituary - Published March 14, 2015

Building a better Hip-Implant - Western Students' idea takes them to the Provincial Level


November 2014

Members of Cluster in MSK Health align with new Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine announced this week. Click here for details.

Western University positions itself among world leaders in bone and joint research with $5M funding announcement.

CTV News Video - $5M committed by Western for bone and joint research

Musculoskeletal Health tapped as next Cluster of Research Excellence

Roth Chair honours physician, athlete and proud member of Western family

October 2014

MSK trainee awarded International Scholarship from OARSI- PhD Candidate Anusha Ratneswaran is taking her research pursuits halfway around the globe thanks to a prestigious Collaborative Scholarship from the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI)

Research Profile: Understanding back pain - Cheryle Séguin

September 2014

Several Members of Western's Bone & Joint Initiative are highlighted in the 2014 RAPPORT Alumni Magazine distributed by Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry including Dr. David Holdsworth, Dr. Brent Lanting and Dr. Stephen Sims.

July 2014

Dr Tim Doherty wins AANEM Distinguished Researcher Award. Read more here.

Dr. Cheryle Seguin awarded Dean's Award of Excellence for Faculty

April 2014

Dr. Jeff Dixon has been featured in Schulich Communications for his research on skeletal cells. Read more here.

$3.7 million in funding has been announced for Bone and Joint Research at Western! Read More Here.

City pledges $5M in support of the proposed London Medical Innovation and Commercialization Network Read More Here.

March 2014

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Alan Getgood has been awarded a research grant worth nearly $52,000 from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), the world’s leading...Read More Here

Frank Beier, PhD, of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology has been awarded a new Tier I CRC in Musculoskeletal Research... Read More Here

January 2014

Wolf Orthopaedic Quantitative Imaging Laboratory, at Western University,>is the first-in-Canada lab that looks at how people move on the outside and inside. Read more here

Dr. Robert Litchfield, The Bone and Joint Initiative's direct link to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  Read more here.

The Bone and Joint Initiative hosts successful inaugural BAJIR Conference to over 125 registrants across Canada.


December 2013

Bone & Joint Collaboration identifies new target for preventing bone loss. Read more by Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

New target identified for preventing bone destruction in diseases such as arthritis and cancer

MPP Deb Matthews visits Western and announces new grant funding! Read more here.

August 2013

CIHR - Celebrating the Impact of Research


The Evolution of FIRE-WELL: Improving Firefighters’ Health through Research and Partnership
KATHRYN SINDEN (JuMP Trainee) , JOY MacDERMID (Mentor and Researcher)


A Randomized Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Collaboration among  Bone & Joint Researchers from Schulich, Faculty of Health Sciences and Robarts Research Institute at Western University, Canada

July 2013

Western Bone & Joint Members receive Top Community Team Award.  Read more by Adela Talbot, Western News.

January 2013

Western Bone & Joint Member Blaine Chronik works to develop medical devices compatible with MR Imaging.  Read more by Paul Mayne, Western News