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Reducing the burden of osteoarthritis-related disability through innovative biomechanics and outcomes research

Our main focus is on osteoarthritis from disease initiation through joint replacement, and life beyond.

In the Biomechanics and Clinical OutcomeS (BaCOS) Lab, we aim to characterize and explain the evolution of gait abnormalities throughout the osteoarthritis disease course; understand the relationship between biomechanics and patient-relevant outcomes; and develop biomechanical assessments that can improve surgical and nonsurgical management strategies for people with osteoarthritis. The outcomes that we are interested in range from pain, to physical activity, to falls, and more.

Our mission is to reduce the burden of osteoarthritis-related disability through innovative biomechanics and outcomes research using a person-centered approach

As a team, we strive to maintain a culture of trust and respect. We believe that diversity is a strength and that we can all learn something from each other. The best work happens when you bring your whole self to the lab and feel supported across many dimensions. We use a holistic approach, inclusive of all cultures, experiences, needs, accommodations, and neurodivergence. This is an environment where we encourage curiosity, remain open to constructive feedback, and acknowledge our differences in professional experience. With these values, we cultivate excellent scientists who contribute meaningfully to the field.

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Dedicated to patient-centered biomechanics research Heading link

We study gait biomechanics in osteoarthritis with the twin goals of understanding the mechanistic role of gait (dys)function in osteoarthritis, and improving outcomes in multiple domains, like gait, physical activity, clinical outcomes and quality of life.

Kharma Foucher receives 2021 Adele L. Boskey, PhD Award Heading link

Kharma Foucher is the recipient of the Orthopaedic Research Society 2021 Adele L. Boskey, PhD Award in recognition of her outstanding and sustained commitment to mentorship as well as her demonstrated track-record of an upward trajectory and impactful research program.

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