Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs program

Improving the quality of life for people with knee pain

Monday, January 11, 2021
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Nicola Hagemeister

In December, the ÉTS launched its Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs program. Five ÉTS faculty members each hold a chair. Today, we present one of the chairs, Professor Nicola Hagemeister. 

Professor Nicola Hagemeister’s research, which will be led by the Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chair in mechanical biomarkers, will aim to discover new mechanical biomarkers to better diagnose and treat knee diseases, such as ligament ruptures. They will also enable better planning of interventions related to total joint replacements. In the longer term, the results will help people suffering from knee pain to better understand their deficits and be more involved in the management of their disease. Their quality of life will be greatly improved because they will experience less pain and be able to move more freely. 

Mechanical biomarkers are measurements taken from an examination called a knee kinesiography, a type of electrocardiogram of the knee. This exam, which is offered in private clinics, uses a harness called the KneeKG that is marketed by the company Emovi. This harness was co-invented by Professor Hagemeister and professors from the ÉTS in collaboration with clinicians. 

About Professor Hagemeister

Nicola Hagemeister, professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the ÉTS, researcher at the Centre de recherche du CHUM (CRCHUM) and chairholder of the Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chair in mechanical biomarkers, has a long-standing interest in biomechanics and the functional evaluation of the knee.

Her research, conducted at the ÉTS’s imaging and orthopedics research laboratory, led to the development of knee kinesiography, a technology for objectively assessing dynamic knee function. A recent study published in 2019, confirmed the researchers’ hypotheses on the usefulness of this tool in the management of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The professor is co-inventor of the knee kinesiography, which is now marketed under the name KneeKG. 

Work on this technology has led to the publication of 21 scientific articles in high-impact journals, cited more than 1,600 times. It has also led to international collaborations with researchers in France. The latter are using the technology in their research projects. 

About the Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs Program 

The Marcelle-Gauvreau Engineering Research Chairs program, which was launched by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) this past December, is designed to highlight the remarkable career paths of professors who, in addition to demonstrating research excellence, have had to show determination and resilience in the face of adversity. Five of the ten chairs were awarded to internal professors, each of whom will receive funding of $100,000 per year for 5 years to carry out their research program. Five more chairs will be awarded to external faculty and professors in the spring of 2021.

Chantal Crevier

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