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Orthopaedic Technologies & Biomechanics Lab

 

Director: Prof. Joshua W Giles

WHO WE ARE

We are an interdisciplinary engineering research group that closely collaborates with medical professionals. While we have a diverse set of backgrounds including mechanical, biomedical, electrical, and software engineering, and an equally diverse portfolio of projects ranging from computational analysis of shoulder implant mechanics to medical device design, we are all passionate about orthopaedic biomechanics and share a common goal of improving patient care and surgical outcomes. 

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WHERE WE ARE

The OT&B lab is located on The University of Victoria campus situated in Victoria, British Columbia. Not only is Victoria home to a leading Canadian research & educational institution, it's also a hub for outdoor activities like rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking, among many other things, and boasts the best weather in Canada. 

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WHAT WE DO

The OT&B lab has two main goals: shed new light on foundational principles in orthopaedic biomechanics and apply this knowledge to developing novel medical technologies for clinician training, quantitative patient assessment, and improving surgical planning through the use of patient-specific functional & biomechanical modelling data. 

HOW WE DO IT

We take a multifaceted approach to studying orthopaedic biomechanics, utilizing both in-vitro and in-silico techniques.  Experimental testing ranges from basic benchtop experiments to developing instrumented mechatronic systems to replicate in-vivo joint motion. Avenues of computational research include extensive finite element analysis, development of  statistical shape models, and musculoskeletal modelling.

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