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.