Name: Calvin Tse
Program: Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Hunt
Tell us a little bit about your lab!
In the Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Lab, led by Dr. Michael Hunt, our work focuses on the biomechanical risk factors associated with the development and progression of knee osteoarthritis. To study human movement, we use 3D motion capture, force and pressure sensors, wearable motion sensors, and medical imaging. These tools allow us to investigate how modifications to an individual’s movement patterns can improve weightbearing biomechanics, pain, and physical function related to living with knee osteoarthritis. Our research aims to provide clinicians and patients with accessible tools and information to inform their decision making around conservatively managing this debilitating condition.
What project are you currently working on?
In my doctoral work, we studied shoe-embedded orthotic insoles as an intervention for knee osteoarthritis. We compared various orthotic insole designs for their effects on modifying gait mechanics, pressure distribution underfoot, and knee joint contact characteristics. We also developed a prediction tool which used clinically-accessible measures of an individual’s anthropometrics, lower limb alignments and movements, and knee osteoarthritis characteristics to identify their possible biomechanical response to these insoles. Individual responses to orthotic insoles is known to be variable, and not all users experience a benefit from their use. However, with the ability to predict positive responders to orthotic insoles ahead of intervention, these individuals may experience an improved treatment effect for improving clinical outcomes related to knee osteoarthritis.
What do you like to do outside of academia?
I am an avid outdoor enthusiast, constantly looking for opportunities to immerse myself in the mountains that our home has to offer. In the winter time, this includes challenging myself with long days hiking up snowy mountains to find untouched snow to ski down. In the summer time, I find solace in hiking to remote parts of our backcountry to enjoy sunset dinners from a tent. Closer to home, I can often be found riding my bike between coffee shops or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. If you’ve got a recommendation for a fun hike or tasty bite, I would love to hear it!
Congratulations Calvin on being our featured Student of the Month for June! Interested in seeing what else our Rehabilitation Sciences students and trainees are working on? Stay tuned for our next feature!