The Hand & Upper Limb Centre

Research Divisions

Orthopedic Biomechanics & Biomaterials Research

In 1992, Drs. Robert McFarlane and James Roth, Professors in Western's Faculty of Medicine, co-founded the Hand and Upper Limb Centre, a combined plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery upper extremity unit.  This unit, the largest of its kind in Canada with 4 plastic surgeons and 8 orthopedic surgeons on staff, has become a nationally and internationally recognized centre of excellence for upper limb patient care, teaching and research.

The Hand and Upper Limb Centre's Bioengineering Research Laboratory has a comprehensive research program that extends bench-top experiments to clinical outcome studies. The Directors are Dr. James Johnson, a mechanical engineer, and orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Graham King and Dr. David Chess. They presently have six graduate students and numerous undergraduate students working in association with orthopaedic fellows and residents, on a wide range of biomechanical studies. The graduate research is focused on a wide range of studies, including joint kinematics, fracture and implant fixation, implant development, and tendon biomechanics.

If you have a 4 year Honours Degree (or M.Sc.) in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Medical Sciences or a related field, and are interested in biomedical research, you are invited to apply to our graduate program.


Interested in Orthopedic Biomechanics Reearch?

Apply to Our Graduate Program On-line

View the Medical Biophysics Graduate Supervisors' Websites 

(whose research groups are located at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre)
(click on names below)

Dr. David Chess

Dr. Jim Johnson

Dr. Graham King

Dr. Bing Siang Gan





Important News for 2014 Graduate Applicants

In Your Statement of Intent, 
please indicate in which area(s) of graduate research you are interested & why your academic and research background has attributes relevant to your intention to pursue a graduate degree in Medical Biophysics.

If you are a domestic applicant - START HERE - to submit your application.

If you are applying to the PhD Med Biop Clin MSc CAMPEP Accredited stream of the Medical Biophysics graduate program - START HERE

If you are an international applicant - START HERE - to submit your application.

MUST READ: Graduate Chair's Notes for All MBP Students

The Top 10 Things A MBP Graduate Student Needs To Know (presented by Baraa Al-Khazraji, senior PhD student)

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Western's Learning Skills Services for Graduate Students offers excellent advice and counselling about balancing the challenges of conducting research, writing your dissertation, and maintaining a personal life. An effective example of their services is tips on time management

View the Slide Show from the 2013 A. C. Burton Lecture

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In Memory of Dr. Alan C. Groom, Professor Emeritius, the Alan C. Groom Memorial Fund Has Been Established. See Presentation  ...
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Founder, Medical Biophysics, UWO, and
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductee


View UWO Libraries video seminars presented by globally recognized scientists covering all biomedical topics



Medical Biophysics Graduate Supervisors Directory

Also of interest:

Department of Medical Biophysics - Learning through Research