Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

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 Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) 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; interventions that enhance bone health, cognitive function and mobility and prevent falls and fracture; bone and joint biomechanics and biomaterials engineering; population health and epidemiology, health economics, innovations to reduce infection and the overall burden of orthopaedic surgeries and molecular and cellular physiology of bone, muscle and tendon.

Research services
  • High resolution clinical imaging (DXA, pQCT, HRpQCT, OpenMR)
  • MicroCT (in vivo and ex vivo)
  • biomechanical engineering
  • 3D printing
  • Physiological assessment (metabolic cart, isokinetic dynamometer, falls and gait analysis)
  • Mobile lab with imaging and phlebotomy capabilities
Sectors of application
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
Specialized lab Equipment
Cartilage Tendon Muscle Unit Computer-Regulated Bioreactor (Flexcell- FX-4000T)
Microscopy Laboratory Fluorescence Microscope (Eclipse - 80i)
  Stereo Microscope (Nikon - SMZ 800)
Machine Shop 3D Printer (MakerBot - Replicator 2)
Biomedical Engineering Laboratory 3D Digitizer (Konica Minolta - Vivid 9i)
  3D Ultrasound (Ultrasonix - SonixRP)
  C-Arm Fluoroscope (Siemens-Arcadis Orbic 3D)
  Data Acquisition System (National Instruments - PXI-1050)
  Laser Doppler (O2C - LW1212)
  Materials Testing System (Instron - ElectroPlus E 1000 Linear-Torsion)
  Motion Capture System (Active Marker) (NDI - Optotrak Certus)
  Pressure Measurement Sensors (Novel - Pilance)
Histology Laboratory Cryostat (Lecia - CM3050S)
  Microtome (Lecia - RM2235)
  Paraffin Bath (Technicon - 2C)
  Spin Tissue Processor (Thermo Scientific - Microm STP 120 )
  Microdissection Laser Capture Instrument (Arcturus - Veritas)
Preclincial MicroCT Imaging Suite High Resolution Micro CT System (Scanco -uCT35)
  Preclinical Micro CT System (Scanco -Viva CT40)
Clinical Imaging Suites Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (Hologic - QDR 4500)
  High Resolution Peripheral Quantitative Computer Tomography (Scanco-Xtreme CT)
  Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (Stractec- xCT 3000)
MRI Suite Upright Open MRI (Paramed Medical Systems- MrOpen)
Image Analysis Suite 5x Image Analysis Workstations (Xenon Think Centres – software including: Mimics Innovation Suite, Analyze and Geomagic XOS)
  3x Pen Display & Drawing Tablets (Wacom - DTZ-2100)
Bone Health / Falls Research Laboratory Anthropometry Measurement Suite (Seca -  284)
  Force Platform (Novotec Medical - Leonardo)
Mobility Function Laboratory Instrumented Treadmill (Bertec - FIT)
  Metabolic Carts (Cardinal Health, Cosmed)
  Motion Capture System (Non Active Marker) (Motion Analysis Systems - Raptor-E Digital RealTime System)
  Portable Gait Analysis System (CIR System Inc. - GAITRite System)
Exercise Prescription Suite Air-Resistance Fitness Equipment (Keiser)
Muscle Assessment Laboratory Isokinetic Dynamometer (Biodex-System 4 Pro)
Mobile Research Laboratory Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (Hologic - Discovery)
  Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (Stractec- xCT 3000)
  Wireless Electromyography (EMG) Unit (Delsys - Myomonitor 4)
  Phlebotomy Suite (Lumex - FR566G427)