Steven Boyd, Director of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health (MIBJH), has joined the board of directors of Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute (ABJHI), effective March 1, 2016. His appointment signifies the growing strength of the partnership between the two organizations.
ABJHI and MIBJH were founded through the initiative of the late business leader and philanthropist J.R. Bud McCaig and the late Dr. Cy Frank. ABJHI is an independent institute and registered charity. It finds innovative ways to bring research discoveries to everyday health care practice and measures and reports health system performance in delivering care for musculoskeletal injury and disease. MIBJH is a research institute and part of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Its role is to discover ways to better prevent, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injury and disease.
“The roles of the two institutes are complementary,” Ian Robinson, the Chair of ABJHI’s board, said. “The appointment of Dr. Boyd to ABJHI’s board is an important part of building an innovation pipeline making research and discovery responsive to the needs of Albertans and driving continuous improvement in their health care while ensuring the services they receive are cost-effective.”
Dr. Boyd has a PhD in mechanical engineering (biomechanics) and has been a member of MIBJH since 2002. In addition to his positions as MIBJH director and professor in the Cumming School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology, he has cross appointments in the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. His research is in orthopaedic biomechanics focusing on the adaptive changes to tissue that occur following joint injury or disease. Dr. Boyd led the successful initiative to establish the $17.9-million Centre for Mobility and Health, which will provide the infrastructure to expedite discoveries into clinical practice.
Partnering for Success
Alberta Health Services has made bone and joint health a priority. It created the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network (BJH SCN) to draw together physicians, researchers, patients and policy makers. These stakeholders collaborate through the BJH SCN to bring the best in clinical practices and innovation to everyday prevention and health care. ABJHI provides support services to the BJH SCN helping stakeholders identify and channel into clinical practice the latest discoveries, measuring results, and providing valuable feedback from the field to MIBJH researchers and others. This feedback informs researchers of the clinical relevancy of their discoveries.
“We have a powerful working relationship in Alberta between our provincial public health care agency, our world class research institute, and our unique organization for channeling discoveries into better health care services. No other jurisdiction in Canada is positioned as solidly as Alberta to bring innovation to musculoskeletal health care,” Mr. Robinson said.
“We are poised for success at a crucial time. Costs related to musculoskeletal disorders are immense and growing in Canada. Many of these disorders are chronic and debilitating. They rob people of their quality of life and harm our economic productivity. Through our innovation pipeline we are closing in on our ultimate goal of pain-free mobility for life of all Canadians,” Mr. Robinson said.