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Concordia Arthroplasty Research

Our Mission for Research

The Arthroplasty Research Team at Concordia is an important partner with the Concordia Hospital and the Concordia Foundation in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Our Mission is to accelerate arthroplasty discovery and promote and support innovation, research and education.

Our mission encompasses the goal of discovery that improves health and quality of life through research, education and advocacy.

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Throughout a person’s life, they face many health challenges. The advancement of medicine through research directly results in breakthroughs to solve these health challenges. Each year, more and more Manitobans are being affected by joint diseases – many of whom are still working, raising a family, and playing an active role in their community.

The goal of orthopaedic research at the Concordia Campus is to continue pushing the boundaries of how medicine improves the lives of people suffering from joint pain, poor function, and limited mobility. Our research helps us meet our patients’ growing needs while invigorating the community, growing Manitoba’s economy, and advancing orthopaedic care on a global scale.

Concordia’s Research Legacy

Our Orthopaedic Research program began in 2003 and has thrived over the past 16 years, achieving many meaningful goals and milestones. Thanks to donations from our community, we constructed the Hip and Knee Institute in 2009 to house our world-class research program, creating a centre of capability and expertise unmatched elsewhere. Over the past 16 years, our research has stretched from the benchtop to the bedside and beyond.

On the benchtop, our engineering staff and machines have evaluated dozens of joint replacement devices for quality and safety before being used in the clinic. At the bedside, our clinical staff and systems have monitored patient well-being and joint replacement success through innovative, proven means. Chasing what’s next, our scientific staff and equipment have assessed joint replacement failures, pinpointing the root cause for future devices to learn from and avoid.

Manitobans built the Concordia Hip and Knee Institute and the Orthopaedic Research program to be like no other.

Impact of Research

This research will directly impact those suffering from arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases within the catchment area of Concordia’s orthopaedic program; all of Manitoba, Nunavut, eastern Saskatchewan, and western Ontario. The majority of the 1900 joint replacement patients cared for each year at Concordia Hospital are 55-80 years of age but can extend to patients as young as 16 and as old as 105. We anticipate the greatest benefit will be to our younger patient population (45-65 years), who are generally active individuals with many important functional needs to be met, such as work, family, exercise, sport and leisure. Our older patient population will also receive benefits through a rapid return to function and pain-free mobility, allowing them to be active in the community and economy through part-time work, volunteering, philanthropy, and travel/tourism within Manitoba. This research will also impact the world through publications in top-tier international medical journals, which drive best practices for care.

The Concordia Joint Replacement Group has had a long history of research which has resulted in direct, tangible benefit to our patients:

Future Research

The focus of the Research Chair will be to continue along these same pathways through the following projects:

  • Impact, access to care, and key issues of joint replacement on our Indigenous population;
  • Advancing identification, treatment of, and patient outcomes following a joint replacement related infection;
  • Improving knee replacement function by comparing surgical techniques, exploring new devices and materials, and enhancing surgical precision through robotics;
  • Reducing surgical waitlist and healthcare costs by furthering operating room efficiency, surgical techniques, and post-operative medications and monitoring;
  • Ensuring the safety and effectiveness of new and novel joint replacement devices with high-precision assessment methods and innovative clinical research methods.

Concordia Arthroplasty Research Chair funds will be used for operating costs associated with the research projects outlined by the Chair’s research directive. Such costs will include research and engineering staff, project supplies and consumables, laboratory usage, equipment maintenance and modification, new equipment purchases, and costs associated with publishing and presenting the work (delivering local and international impact).

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    Stepping Farther Together

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    The Arthroplasty Research Chair

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    Dr. Turgeon in his own words

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