This group is interested in the biomechanical and physical basis of human motion and the effects of forces on the human body. Current research programs cover a breadth of areas in biomechanics including joint biomechanics, novel technologies for human movement analysis, neuromuscular control, balance and posture, ergonomics, and head injury biomechanics. Through ongoing projects, this group seeks to understand and improve human mobility in healthy, elderly, pathological, athlete, and occupational populations. Labs are equipped with novel technology that allows the dynamics of human movement to be precisely captured and investigated. Combining this with advanced computational methods provides a means to better understand the neuro-musculoskeletal system and its disorders and treatments as well as to develop standards and technologies to prevent injuries in the workplace, sport, and everyday life.
Important collaborations exist with local area hospitals and community-based organizations, government agencies, leading research teams nationally and globally, private industry partners, and more.
Careers enabled by specialization in Biomechanics
- Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics
- Motion Analysis/Animation
- Sport/Equipment Testing
- Product Design and Optimization
- Gait Assessment
- Biomedical Engineering
- Data Science
Research/Teaching grants and funding
- R. Graham, University Research Chair, Ontario Early Research Award (ERA), Canadian Society for Biomechanics Promising Young Investigator, NSERC, CIHR, Government of Canada, Private Industry
- T. Blaine Hoshizaki, Industry grant funded.
- Jing Xian Li, CIHR, SSHRC and industry grant funding.
- Julie Nantel, Ontario ERA, NSERC, Parkinson Canada, Weston Brain Institute, CIHR