Research Themes and Programs
iRSM's Research Program supports research that falls within strategically-identified Priority Research Themes. The three Priority Resarch Themes are further focused in eight primary research programs.
Priority Research Themes
Modeling and Analysis
iRSM is a global leader in the application of novel modelling and imaging technologies into medical practice. Medical modelling is the process by which anatomical data is used to create three-dimensional virtual or physical models that aid in visualization, and the planning and design of patient treatment. iSRM is leading the way in being able to replicate very complex structures using medical models for diagnosis, surgical planning, intra-operative navigation aids, design and construction of implants, prosthesis design and construction, and surgical template planning and construction. The Medical Modelling Research Laboratory at iRSM is a state-of-the-art facility – a first in the global medical market designed to inspire multi-disciplinary exploration of digital modelling applications in medicine. iRSM uses medical modelling in all of its patient cases for extra-oral prosthetic treatment and surgical ear reconstruction. The technology is also used for clinical and research applications in neurosurgery, head and neck surgery, cardiology, and orthopedic surgery. The importance of this work is evident in the number of requests for models received from across North America and Europe.
a key area of research focuses on advances in measuring and understanding the use of vibration in the skull base for hearing amplification. Work is also being undertaken to expand the body of knowledge of jaw motion and muscle activity in relation to speech, chewing, swallowing and masticatory efficiency. This work has established iRSM as a leader in jaw reconstruction with expertise in the areas of jaw resection, microvascular jaw reconstruction, pre-prosthetic surgery and the use of osseointegrated implants in complex jaw reconstruction. Over a decade of experience has significantly advanced biomechanical research in the area of bone-implantable devices.
by using advanced digital visualization technology in surgical planning, the institute is having considerable global impact in understanding and modifying approaches to head and neck reconstruction and rehabilitation. As a result, physicians and surgeons are able to personalize treatment planned for patients. This ‘personalized’ approach to health care is revolutionizing patient outcomes and expanding the body of knowledge clinicians consult to understand and predict functional outcomes for patients. iRSM’s work in the application of treatment outcome measures for the treatment and rehabilitation of head and neck cancers is particularly noteworthy. Research results and treatment efficacy evidence are helping to establish globally accepted treatment protocols.
- Multi-dimensional medical modeling, including virtual reality and surgical simulation
- Interfacial biomechanics related to implantable devices
- Functional assessment of head and neck surgery
- Central processing of sensorineural input
- Skull base vibration/ bone conduction hearing
- Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering
- Psychological outcomes
- Information and communication technologies for clinical, research, and quality management