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Our People – Osteoporosis

Keywords

Osteoporosis; postmenopausal health; hormones; cancer prevention; cardiovascular disease prevention

Profiles

Summary

Dr. Moira Kapral is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is cross-appointed to the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She is a Senior Scientist ICES and the Toronto General Research Institute. She is a staff physician in internal medicine at the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, and a member of the Center for Excellence in Skeletal Health. She holds a Mid-Career Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Her research focuses on women’s health, the evaluation of stroke care and outcomes in different populations and on the association between osteoporosis and stroke.

Keywords

Health services research; stroke; women’s health

Profiles

Summary

Dr. Adrian Lau obtained his medical degree in 2007 at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, and Endocrinology and Metabolism. In 2016, he obtained his Masters of Science in Community Health (Health Practitioner Teacher Education program) at the University of Toronto.

He is actively involved in teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is currently a tutor for first year undergraduate medical students, for clinical skills and case-based learning.

Dr. Lau is also involved with the osteoporosis community nationally and internationally. He is currently serving as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of The International Society For Clinical Densitometry since 2017, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada since 2018.

Keywords

Osteoporosis; metabolic bone diseases

Keywords

Osteoporosis


Summary

Mission: To understand how bones and muscles interact with joints in normal health and during the development and progression of arthritis.

Strategic Themes:

  1. Imaging Arthritis: to develop imaging tools to examine periarticular tissues.
  2. Prediction and Mechanisms of Arthritis Pain: to study causal pathways and imaging prognostic markers for changes in pain and symptoms.
  3. Normative Joint Health: to establish what is considered normal periarticular bone, muscle and joint quality.

CIHR-funded projects:

  1. Examining postmenopausal periarticular bone-muscle loss and how it explains bone marrow lesions and joint pain.
  2. Understanding subchondral bone metabolism in those with OA versus those with both OA and osteoporosis.
  3. Predicting patterns of knee pain development based on changes in bone and muscle post-menopause.

Team Members

  • Rachel Whyte, RSI Master's Student
  • Vahid Anwari, RSI Master's Student
  • Siwen Liu, RSI Master's Student
  • Emily Ha, PhD Epidemiology Student
  • Nima Yazdankhah, Research Assistant
  • Shannon Reitsma, Research Coordinator III
  • Rameen Usman, Undergraduate Research Student
  • Angelina Wong, Undergraduate Research Student
  • Anthony Pokhoy, Undergraduate Research Student

Keywords

Imaging; epidemiology; structural equation modelling; musculoskeletal health; data programming

Profiles


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