Joint & Bone Initiative

2021 BJI Retreat Program

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Tuesday June 1, 2021 – Day 1
Time Description

Opening Land Acknowledgment Statement (Ana Luisa Trejos)

7:00am

Workshop: Engineering Innovations to Support Clinical Care & Research
Chair: David Holdsworth + Trainee CoChair Khaled Hijazi

This session aims to enhance your knowledge related to available innovations/technologies, identify important research questions, and discover ways to better support clinical care and research. 
Presentations (10 min each):

·The types of sensors that can be wearable: their features & limitations.
    PRESENTED BY: Ana Luisa Trejos

Dr. Trejos is a member of the Retreat planning committee.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Biomedical Engineering. She has expertise in the design, development and testing of medical mechatronic systems. Her research is focused towards evaluating how novel mechatronic devices can improve patient care during surgery, therapy and rehabilitation. 

·How technology is currently employed for specific applications?
    PRESENTED BY: Aaron Price

Dr. Price is an Assistant Profess in Mechanical & Materials Engineering and a Member of the BJI Research and Advisory Committee.  His current research is focused on the nexus of smart materials and additive manufacturing technologies to realize novel biomedical devices.

·Selecting the right sensor matters: the importance of features, calibration, & validation.
    PRESENTED BY: Michael Naish

Dr. Naish is an Associate Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering whose research interests are in the areas of mechatronics, robotics, intelligent control, minimally-invasive surgery (MIS), vision and sensing systems.

·Developing IoMT technologies for remote clinical healthcare from the end-user perspective.
    PRESENTED BY: George Knopf 

Dr. Knopf is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and the Director of Western Engineering’s collaborative (MEng) Engineering in Medicine program. He has expertise in engineering design and advanced manufacturing processes, with a research focus on functional materials and fabrication processes for developing biosensors, bioelectronics and wearable technologies.

 
  7:40am
Q&A Discussions:
·      research ideas 
·      challenges/tips/solutions
·      key research questions
8:10am Report back & wrap up discussion
8:30 AM BREAK
9:00

Workshop:  AI/machine learning 101
Chair: Jackie Marsh + Trainee CoChair Jennifer Polus

This session aims to enhance your knowledge related to artificial intelligence/machine learning, identify important research questions, and discover ways AI/machine learning could enhance your research.
Presentations (10 min each):

·Machine Learning - the contrast between data analysis for science & traditional statistical analysis.
    PRESENTED BY: Dan Lizotte

Dr. Lizotte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics. His primary interests are medical health informatics, machine learning, and clinical decision support.

·Why is AI/machine learning not appropriate for every study?
    PRESENTED BY: Katarina Grolinger

Dr. Grolinger is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a faculty affiliate of the Vector Institute for Artificial intelligence. Her work is largely carried out in collaboration with industry where she develops research to solve industry problems.

·How to build the right team & when to seek advice from consultants?
    PRESENTED BY: Mark Daley

Dr. Daley is special advisor to the president on data strategy at Western and holds joint faculty appointments in six departments.  He is a member of the Brain and Mind Institute and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, an associate scientist at the Lawson Health Research institute and a faculty affiliate of the Vector Institute for Artificial intelligence.

·Tools to help process your data - human & programming supports at SharcNet
    PRESENTED BY: Mike Bauer 

Dr. Bauer is a Professor in Computer Science broadly researching Autonomic computing; High performance computing; Advanced automobile safety systems; and Health informatics.

 
  9:40am
Q&A Discussions:
·      research ideas 
·      challenges/tips/solutions
·      key research questions
10:10am Report back & wrap up discussion
10:30 AM Day 1 – meeting closure Chair: Ana Luisa Trejos

 

Wednesday June 2, 2021 – Day 2
7:00am

Workshop: Making the most of Administrative Data
Chair: Ryan Degen  + Trainee CoChair Codie Primeau / Jan Kwan

This session aims to enhance your knowledge related to administrative data, identify important research questions, and discover ways administrative data could enhance your research . 
Presentations (10 min each):

· What type of MSK research questions could benefits from administrative data?  
    PRESENTED BY: Blayne Welk 

Dr. Welk is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Epidemiology and Biostatistics as well as a consultant Urologic Surgeon at St. Joe’s.  He is also an Adjunct ICES Scientist and one of the BJI’s newest members. 

·How can administrative data support studies about cost-effectiveness?  
   
PRESENTED BY: Jackie Marsh

Jacquelyn Marsh is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences School of Physical Therapy. Her research program is focused on investigating the cost effectiveness of innovative rehabilitation and surgical intervention strategies to improve the value of MSK healthcare. 

· Can administrative data support research related to community care setting?  
   
PRESENTED BY: Bridget Ryan

Dr. Bridget Ryan is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. Dr. Ryan’s research concerns primary health care with a focus on patient-centred care and health care delivery. 

· Why should we expand ICES studies for MSK at Western?  
   
PRESENTED BY: Joy MacDermid 

Joy MacDermid is a clinician in the Roth | McFarlane Hand & Upper Limb Centre (HULC). She is an Associate Professor cross-appointed to Departments of Surgery and Epidemiology at both McMaster University and Western University. Her research projects address clinical questions related to enhancing prevention, assessment and management of musculoskeletal disorders and related work disability. 

  7:40am
Q&A Discussions:
·      research ideas 
·      challenges/tips/solutions
·      key research questions
8:10am Report back & wrap up discussion
8:30 AM BREAK
9:00am

Workshop: Bridging the gap – collaboration among experts
Chair: Andrew Nelson + Trainee CoChair Holly Philpott

This session aims to enhance your knowledge related to the advantage of collaboration, identify important research questions, and discover ways to connect with different experts to enhance your research . 
Presentations (10 min each):

·What can support effective collaboration among basic, engineering, social and health scientists?
    PRESENTED BY: Tom Appleton

 Dr. Appleton is a Rheumatologist at St. Joe’s as well as Assistant Professor with appointments in Medicine, Phys/Pharm and Health & Rehab Sciences. 

·Why and how can BJI researchers work with social scientists to include social factors in their work?
    PRESENTED BY: Fiona Webster 

Dr. Webster is a member of the Retreat Planning Committee, an Associate Professor in the Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University and holds a status appointment with the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. She is a critical qualitative sociologist working in the area of pain.

·How to leverage collaborative team resources and approach authorship to address individual needs.
    PRESENTED BY: Ryan Willing 

Dr. Willing is an Assistant Professor in the in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Western University, and a Biomedical Engineering faculty member Dr. Willing is a member of the BJI Executive Committee with a research focus on human joint biomechanics and implant design.  

·When to start when you don’t have the right connections?
    PRESENTED BY: Beth Gillies

Dr. Gillies is a Professor in Chemistry with a cross appointment in Chemical and BioChemical Engineering with expertise is in the design and synthesis of new polymeric materials and their application in areas including drug delivery, tissue engineering, and the development of new biointerfaces.

  9:40am
Q&A Discussions:
·      challenges
·      tips/solutions
10:10am Report back & wrap up discussion
10:30 AM Day 2 – meeting closure

Chair: Fiona Webster

Thursday June 3, 2021– Day 3
7:00am

Workshop: Clinical care supported by technology
Chair: Alan Getgood+ Trainee CoChair Hana Marmura

This session aims to enhance your knowledge related to clinical challenges that may need technology solutions, identify important research questions, and discover ways that technology could be used in clinical research studies. 
Presentations (10 min each):

·Why is it sometimes challenging to align treatment to patient preferences and goals?
    PRESENTED BY: Brent Lanting 

Dr. Lanting is an LHSC Orthopaedics Clinician and Assistant Professor in both Surgery and Kinesiology.  Dr. Lanting is a member of the BJI Research and Advisory Committee and regularly collaborates with many BJI members in his MSK research.

·What is a typical patient encounter like for you – what works well and what could work better?
    PRESENTED BY: Lillian Barra

Dr. Lillian Barra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, cross-appointed to the Microbiology & Immunology.  Her translational research interests include autoimmune vascular disease and the pathogenesis of autoantibodies in Rheumatoid Arthritis, involving mouse models of RA and atherosclerosis, biomarker studies and epidemiologic studies.

·How do you assess and monitor patient progress – any constraints and/or limitations?
    PRESENTED BY: Jane Thornton

Dr. Thornton is a Clinician Scientist at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, specializing in long-term athlete health, female athlete health, and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, with cross appointments in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and School of Kinesiology.  

·Personal experience of virtual care in a pandemic: The patient experience.
    PRESENTED BY: Linda Wilhelm

Linda is President and a founding member of The Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, a national, volunteer, patient driven organization that has worked to improve the lives of people living with arthritis since 2002. Linda is co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Chronic Pain Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Network, as well as a member of the network’s patient advisory committee. She is also a member of The Evidence Alliance (SPOR) Network. She is a former member of both the Expert Advisory Committee for Vigilance of Health Products and the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network's steering committee and a current member of The National Pain Taskforce.

  7:40am
Q&A Discussions:
·      research ideas 
·      challenges/tips/solutions
·      key research questions
  8:10am Report back & wrap up discussion
8:30 AM BREAK
Land Acknowledgment Statment (Dave Walton)
8:45 AM BJI Updates & Strategic Priorities  Chair: Jann Paquette Warren
Where are we now, what are we doing and where are we going?

9:00am

Overview of Thematic Topic Presentations

Chair: Edward Vasarhelyi + Trainee CoChair Tina Khazaee

  Prevention Presenters:
  9:00am Preventing onset of OA after trauma/injury/fracture Joy MacDermid
  9:15 AM Biological strategies to prevent and delay joint disease Frank Beier
9:30 AM Panel Q&A Chair: Edward Vasarhelyi
  Assessment & Diagnosis Presenters:
  9:40am Take it outside!
Tracking gait parameters in the real-world
Harvi Hart 
  9:55 AM Detecting infection near orthopaedic implants Emil Schemitsch 
10:10 AM Panel Q&A Chair: Edward Vasarhelyi
  Treatment / Rehabilitation Presenters:
  10:20 AM Technologies to supports self-management and shared decision-making  - integrating complex information about mobility, health status and resources  Alexander Wray
  10:35 AM Big data ethics - where does personal information start and end? Max Smith
10:50AM Panel Q&A Chair: Edward Vasarhelyi
11:00 AM BREAK  

11:15 AM

Concurrent Thematic Breakout Sessions 

Chair: Jann Paquette-Warren

 
Theme#1:  Prevention
Theme #2:  Assessment & Diagnosis
Theme#3: Treatment / Rehabilitation
Chair: Matt Grol + Trainee CoChair Jeff Hutchinson Chair: Jann Paquette Warren + Trainee CoChair Elilzabeth Norman Chair: Joy MacDermid  + Trainee CoChair Rochelle Furtado 
     
Facilitators: Michael Lukacs, Ishita Joshi, Holly Phillpott, Lynn Huong

Admin: Shannon Woodhouse
Facilitators: Alex Lizotte, Jessica Benitah, Jennifer Polus, Luigi Del Sordo

Admin: Jann Paquette Warren
Facilitators: Dominique Cava, Shameus Tracey, Iryna Liubchak, Robert Dima

Admin: Marie Tyler
     
Breakout Group Rotations (20 min, 15 min, 10 min) Breakout Group Rotations (20 min, 15 min, 10 min) Breakout Group Rotations (20 min, 15 min, 10 min)
Topics: Topics: Topics:
o Grand challenges  o Grand challenges  o Grand challenges 
o Current or upcoming projects  o Current or upcoming projects  o Current or upcoming projects 
o Resource Gaps (Expertise/Staff Support/Equipment/Research Funds) o Resource Gaps (Expertise/Staff Support/Equipment/Research Funds) o Resource Gaps (Expertise/Staff Support/Equipment/Research Funds)
Report back & identify top 3 to 5 research questions (15 min) Report back & identify top 3 to 5 research questions (15 min) Report back & identify top 3 to 5 research questions (15 min)
     
12:45 PM LUNCH BREAK 
1:30 PM Western Institute for Earth & Space Exploration  Gordon Osinski
1:45 PM Western Institute of Neuroscience  Mel Goodale 
2:00 PM

Membership Feedback on Top Prevention Research Questions to Explore at BJI 

Chair: Matt Grol  + Trainee CoChair Jeff Hutchinson

  
·      Takeaways
·      Q&A
2:15 PM

Membership Feedback on Top Assessment/Diagnosis Research Questions to Explore at BJI 

Chair: Jann Paquette Warren + Trainee CoChair Elizabeth Norman

·      Takeaways
·      Q&A
2:30 PM

Membership Feedback on Top Treatment/Rehabilitation Research Questions to Explore at BJI 

Chair: Joy MacDermid (+ Trainee CoChair Rochelle Furtado 

·      Takeaways
·      Q&A
2:45 PM Retreat Take-Away Messages Chair: David Holdsworth
3:00 PM Retreat closure