In association with the FUTURE excellence initiative

Professor Nicola Hagemeister invited to Université de Lyon

Thursday, June 11, 2020
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Nicola Hagemeister.

Nicola Hagemeister, a Researcher in the Systems Engineering Department at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), will be a Visiting Professor at Université de Lyon within the context of the FUTURE project, the theme of which focuses on the city of tomorrow. This invitation represents a great honour for Professor Hagemeister, one of ten Visiting Professors to draw the attention of the selection committee and international experts. 

As a Researcher who is recognized for her expertise in biomechanics, and as co-inventor of knee kinesiography, what will be her contribution to the project? “As a matter of fact, within the context of the wide-ranging theme of the city of tomorrow, my interest lies in the health of the population”, she explains. Professor Hagemeister is a member of the Imaging and Orthopædics Research Laboratory (LIO) at ÉTS. 

Working with her colleagues at the Laboratoire de biomécanique et de mécanique des chocs (biomechanics and impact mechanics laboratory) at Université de Lyon – collaborating researchers who work with knee kinesiography – Nicola Hagemeister will focus on innovative biomechanical analysis methods for improving our understanding of the functioning of the knee. The two teams will also have an opportunity to share data related to patients suffering from arthrosis or ligament pathologies. By comparing these data with those of healthy subjects, the researchers believe that it will be possible to evaluate the results of surgical procedures more effectively, and improve rehabilitation programs. 

Professor Hagemeister also plans to conduct research into improving musculoskeletal models of the shoulders, with a view to making them more realistic. This will lead to a better understanding of the morphological variations related to the various pathologies affecting the shoulder joint. In parallel with these projects, she will be teaching graduate students in the Mécanique – parcours biomécanique (Mechanics – Biomechanics profile) program at Université de Lyon, supervising students and speaking at seminars. In short, Professor Hagemeister will have her hands full in terms of projects over the next three years. 

It is worth noting that, since November 2019, the Imaging and Orthopædics Research Laboratory (LIO) has been part of the Laboratoire international d’évaluation anatomo-fonctionnelle du système musculo-squellettique (LIA-ÉVASYM – international laboratory for anatomical and functional evaluation of the musculoskeletal system), along with TÉLUQ, Université de Montréal and Laboratoire de biomécanique et de mécanique des chocs at Université Eiffel/IFSTTAR-UCBL. 

For more information pertaining to knee kinesiography: Knee Kinesiograpy revolutionizes treatment of knee osteoarthritis 

Overview of the FUTURE project 

The goal of FUTURE is to generate knowledge and back innovative ideas across the world, and to develop innovative tools, methods, products and services in order to answer the challenges of the inclusive and sustainable city. To achieve this goal, the project is able to draw on a unique set of skills, educational programs and facilities, and on research teams that are already recognized for their quality and excellence. 
FUTURE is headed by Université Paris-Est, and the consortium comprises six other institutions: Université Gustave Eiffel, ESIEE Paris, EAVT, EIVP, IGN (via ENSG) and ENPC. In all, it forms a “research force” of 1,200 scientists and academics across 34 research labs, including 22 with joint supervision arrangements (CNRS, Inra, Cerema, Cirad, UPEC and other external partners). It comprises 17,000 students, including 720 PhD candidates. 

For more information: Future

About Professor Hagemeister 

Nicola Hagemeister is a Full Professor at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and a Researcher at the CHUM Research Centre. For more than a decade, her research has focused on functional evaluation of the knee. She is co-holder of three patents for knee kinesiography, and has contributed to research projects demonstrating the reliability, repeatability and efficacy of knee kinesiography among people with knee problems. Her work has led to 21 articles in high-impact scientific journals that have been cited more than 1,600 times, and to multiple international collaborations with French researchers. A technology transfer to Emovi was launched in 2009 with the help of government grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Prompt Québec, Mitacs and MedTeq. 

Since 2014, Professor Hagemeister has been heading a major research project ($3 M) aimed at demonstrating the efficacy of knee kinesiography for treating patients suffering from arthrosis as a form of primary care. With the participation of 141 clinics and more than 300 family physicians, the project has led to the development of one of the most expansive studies on arthrosis in Canada (involving 800 patients).

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