Dr. Kawchuk’s research interests focus on defining the mechanisms that initiate and sustain spinal disorders so that clinically relevant strategies can be developed toward their prevention or resolution. A major component of his research involves developing new technologies to assess spinal structure and function, then using those technologies to evaluate various clinical interventions.
A suite of methodologies are being developed to assess spinal structure and function in both in vitro and in vivo settings. These methods utilize advancements in robotics, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and kinematics.
Interrogation of spinal tissues
Using the methods developed in-house, Dr. Kawchuk is evaluating the mechanical and genetic responses of spinal tissues to various conditions (real or simulated) including therapeutic interventions.
The performance of several methodologies developed in Dr. Kawchuk’s team’s lab is now being evaluated in several human trials. He expects that some of these methods will be used to better diagnose spinal conditions or to evaluate various therapies.
Gregory Kawchuk, PhD, is a doctoral supervisor at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.
This seminar is designed to allow students in the doctoral program to learn more about the scope of research in rehabilitation science. Students attend a weekly seminar presented by staff and graduate students in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and other health science faculties. Students registered in the PhD program in Rehabilitation Science must enrol in this seminar within the first two years of their doctoral programs and must present at least one seminar.Fall Term 2020
Dr.Kawchuk’s ultimate goal is to develop new strategies and technologies for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal disorders and back pain – the most common of all musculoskeletal health problems. His work has contributed to making the U of A’s Faculty of Rehabilitation a research leader in musculoskeletal health.