Innovation in Motion

Body in motionHealth Sciences/Biomedical Engineering Collaborative Research Day

Join us as we explore research from the Faculty of Health Sciences and School of Biomedical Engineering and discover the needs, opportunities and innovations in mobility research from the lab to the end user.

Fees: FHS/BME Research Day is FREE. Limited spaces are available.

Food: A catered lunch and snacks are provided. Reception to follow.

Event Details

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

Brescia University College
Mother St. James Bldg.
1285 Western Road - London, Ontario

Keynote addresses, research presentations, community panel discussion, networking

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 #1: Transitions in Care
  • 11:10 a.m. – Graduate Student Three-Minute Research Presentations
  • Noon – Lunch and Networking
  • 1:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion #2: Wearables and Orthopaedic Implants
  • 2:30 p.m. - Graduate Student Three-Minute Research Presentations
  • 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

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

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 Donelly (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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Junfeng Xiao (Engineering)
    3D Printing Fully Bioresorbable Vascular Stents
  • Amanda McIntyre (Health Sciences)
    Should I Stay or Should I Go?: To The Emergency Department

Afternoon Session Presentations

  • Vyshnave Jeyabalan (Health Sciences)
    Context-Specific Challenges, Opportunities and Ethics of Drones for Healthcare Delivery
  • Scott Aker (Engineering)
    Benchmarking Binaural Beamforming Algorithms in Hearing Aids
  • Nadia Sharma (Engineering)
    Development of Tissue-Specific Instructive Matrices for Interverebral Disc Regeneration
  • Victor Carranza (Engineering)
    Using Computer Models to Simulate Surgery
  • Robert Colonna (Health Sciences)
    What Influences Driving High?
  • Clare Padmore (Engineering)
  • Meghan Vollebregt (Health Sciences)
    Practice-Based Research: Co-creating Knowledge Without the Gap
  • Clara Tam (Engineering)
  • Chris Leclerc (Engineering)
    Leveraging Regenerative Synergy for Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Maryam Ghodrati (Health Sciences)
    Nature, Nurture or Both?
  • Allyson Oliphant (Health Sciences)
    Grief and the Experience of Euthanasia
  • 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; Orthopaedic joint replacement implants
  • Sheila Moodie
    • Assistant Professor, Western University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Free parking will be available in the main parking lot off of Brescia Drive. See parking map for more details. 

Additional Information

For more information about this event, contact:

Nicole Chabot
Research Coordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences
519-661-2111 ext. 84736

Tara MacCrone
Research Officer, Faculty of Engineering
519-661-2111 x84469