Bone Health Research Lab
CHEO Research Institute – Building II, Room R3118
The Bone Health Research Lab houses state-of-the-art equipment including a peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (pQCT) scanner (for measurement of bone density plus muscle and bone geeometry), a Leonardo Force Reaction Plate (used for quantifying muscle force and power), and several VibraFlex Home Edition vibration plates (used to improve muscle strength and bone strength). With this equipment, the lab seeks to establish key, novel methodologies to enhance existing techniques in the study and treatment of osteoporosis resulting from serious, pediatric chronic illness. The diseases known to pose a threat to bone health during the critical years of bone development include leukemia, inflammatory bowel disease, renal disorders, rheumatic conditions, and neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.