Centre for Aging SMART

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
What the facility does

Prevention, detection, and improved treatment of bone and joint diseases to enhance mobility and quality of life across the lifespan.

Areas of expertise

State-of-the-art facilities, equipment and cutting-edge technologies at the Centre for Aging SMART (Solutions for Mobility, Activity, Rehabilitation and Technology) at Vancouver Coastal Health foster a research environment with a focus on innovation. Our research strengths include bone and joint imaging for the early detection of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis; movement analysis and rehabilitation of function; interventions that enhance bone health, cognitive function, mobility, in addition to preventing falls and fracture; bone and joint biomechanics; biomaterials engineering; population health and epidemiology; health economics; innovations to reduce the overall burden of orthopaedic surgeries; molecular and cellular physiology of bone, muscle, and tendon; knowledge translation; and implementation science.

Research services
  • High resolution clinical imaging (DXA, pQCT, HRpQCT, OpenMR)
  • MicroCT (in vivo and ex vivo)
  • biomechanical engineering
  • Physiological assessment (metabolic cart, isokinetic dynamometer, falls and gait analysis)
Sectors of application
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
Specialized labEquipment
Cartilage Tendon Muscle UnitFlexcell FX-4000T Computer-Regulated Bioreactor 
Microscopy LaboratoryNikon Eclipse 80i Fluorescence Microscope 
 Nikon SMZ800 Stereomicroscope 
Biomedical Engineering LaboratoryKonica Minolta VIVID 9i 3D Digitizer 
 Ultrasonix SonixRP 3D Ultrasound
 Siemens ARCADIS Orbic 3D C-Arm Fluoroscope
 National Instruments PXI-1050 Data Acquisition System
 O2C LW1212 Laser Doppler
 Instron ElectroPuls E1000 Linear-Torsion Materials Testing System
 NDI Optotrak Certus Motion Capture System (Active Marker)
Histology LaboratoryLeica CM3050 S Cryostat
 Leica RM2235 Microtome
 Technicon Paraffin Bath (2C)
 Thermo Scientific Microm STP 120 Spin Tissue Processor
Preclincal MicroCT Imaging SuiteSCANCO Medical µCT35 high resolution microCT System
 SCANCO Medical Viva CT40 Preclinical microCT System
Clinical Imaging SuitesHologic Discovery W Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry system
 SCANCO Medical XtremeCT high resolution Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography
 Stratec XCT 3000 Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography system
MRI SuiteParamed Medical Systems MROpen Upright Open MRI system
Bone Health / Falls Research Laboratoryseca 284 Anthropometry Measuring Station
 Novotec Medical Leonardo Mechanograph® Force Platform
Mobility Function LaboratoryBertec Fully Instrumented Treadmill (FIT) 
 COSMED and Cardinal Health Metabolic Carts
 Raptor-E Digital RealTime System (Motion Capture System-Non Active Marker)
 CIR System Inc. GAITRite Portable Gait Analysis System
Exercise Prescription SuiteKeiser Air-Resistance Fitness Equipment
Muscle Assessment LaboratoryBiodex System 4 Pro Isokinetic Dynamometer