Prof wins backing for predictive spine surgery tools

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

A professor at Waterloo Engineering has been awarded $100,000 for research on predictive tools to improve outcomes in invasive spine surgery.

Stewart McLachlin, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, received the one-year grant through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), a federal funding agency.

Stewart McLachlin is a professor at Waterloo Engineering.

Stewart McLachlin is a professor at Waterloo Engineering.

He heads a team working to improve an existing computational model to more accurately predict vertebral bone failure following reconstructive spine surgery.

McLachlin is principal investigator of the Orthopaedic Mechatronics (ORTHOtron) Laboratory. His research interests include biomechanics, orthopaedic surgery, implant design, bio-mechanical testing, computational modeling and computer-assisted surgery.

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