Andrew Laing, PhD

My general field of interest is musculoskeletal biomechanics related to human health and injury prevention, and the role that advanced age has on these relationships. I use a systematic approach to guide my research projects which involves: i) identifying the injury of interest; ii) determining the biomechanical age-related differences that may influence injury risk; and iii) developing and testing age-specific interventions to prevent or treat the injury.

Within this framework, my research over the next five years will focus on two injury categories: 1) fall-related tissue trauma including hip fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries; and 2) workplace musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). For the former I will use a combination of mechanical impact simulators (e.g., drop towers, impact pendulums) and mathematical models to measure and predict the loads applied to the body during falls, and the protective capacity of a range of protective devices. The work related to WMSD will involve the measurement of age-related differences in exposures and/or tolerances to loads applied to the body at work, and the development of interventions that target specific age groups. This work will complement existing knowledge related to age-specific injury mechanisms and effective injury prevention across the lifespan.

Related Links

PLoS Med. 2019 Jun;16(6):e1002843
Mackey DC, Lachance CC, Wang PT, Feldman F, Laing AC, Leung PM, Hu XJ, Robinovitch SN
Gait Posture. 2019 May 19;72:51-56
Pretty SP, Armstrong DP, Weaver TB, Laing AC
Hum Mov Sci. 2019 May 22;66:292-300
Armstrong DP, Pretty SP, Weaver TB, Laing AC
Ergonomics. 2018 Nov 23;:1-12
Lafleur B, Weaver T, Tondat A, Boscart V, Laing AC
J Biomech. 2018 Aug 29;:
Levine IC, Pretty SP, Nouri PK, Mourtzakis M, Laing AC
J Biomech. 2017 Nov 10;:
Martel DR, Levine IC, Pretty SP, Laing AC