Interdisciplinary Approaches to Bone & Joint Health: A Catalogue of Projects

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Bone & Joint Diseases represent a major fraction of severe health problems faced by the aging human population. These diseases are complex, debilitating, and incredibly diverse and require researchers to be innovative and aggressive. During our time with the Masters of Science IMS program, we were fortunate enough to have been exposed to individuals and organizations who are working tirelessly to understand Bone &Joint Diseases and expand the landscape of knowledge for prevention, treatment, and mediation. Throughout the year, we engaged in a basic science rotation with Dr. Matthew Grol at the Bone & Joint Institute, completed a clinical rotation with Dr. Sharat Pani and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and supported the Arthritis Society of London in a community-engaged rotation. With each of these rotations came specific projects and deliverables aimed at building our knowledge of Bone & Joint diseases, harnessing our skills in scientific communication to disseminate information related to Bone & Joint Diseases, and supporting the research mission of the individual/organization. To catalogue our achievements, progress and rotation deliverables we created a website that organizes our work throughout each rotation and provides open access to the materials we developed. Navigating the website you will find preliminarily findings of a literature review on the bidirectional relationship of mechano-transduction and receptor signalling in bone development, laboratory logos and a social media strategy for a Dr. Grols’ lab used to expand his online science community, graphical representations of the connection between socioeconomic status and dental care of children, an online workshop created to support and empower those with ankylosing spondylitis and more. Sharing out work through this website allows us to efficiently display our work in an accessible manner and is a great representation of our group's time during our time in the Masters of Science IMS program