Orthopaedic Technologies & Biomechanics Lab
Director: Prof. Joshua W Giles
Giles, J.W., Langohr, G.D.G., Johnson, J.A., Athwal, G.S. (Nov 2015) Implant Design Variations in Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Influence the Required Deltoid Force and Resultant Joint Load. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 473(11):3615-3626.
Aminov, O., Regan, W., Giles, J.W., Simon, M.J.K., Hodgson, A.J. (Oct 2021) Targeting repeatability of a less obtrusive surgical navigation procedure for total shoulder arthroplasty. Int J Comp Assisted Radiology and Surgery. 17:283–293.
Giles, J.W., Broden, C., Tempelaere, C., Emery, R.J.H., Rodriguez y Baena, F. (May 2021) Development and ex-vivo assessment of a novel patient specific guide and instrumentation system for minimally invasive total shoulder arthroplasty. PLOS ONE. 16(5):e0251880.
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.
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.
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.