Veterans of America, Palo Alto, Health Care System, USA
Dr Gary Beaupre
Dr Gary Beaupre is a Research Career Scientist at VA Palo Alto Health Care System and a Consulting Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr Beaupre is an internationally recognised expert in orthopaedic and skeletal tissue biomechanics. For over thirty years Dr Beaupre has investigated the role of mechanical stimuli in the development, adaptation, maintenance, degeneration and repair of skeletal tissues. Dr Beaupre and his colleague, Dr Dennis Carter, are co-authors of a seminal book on this topic entitled "Skeletal Function and Form - Mechanobiology of Skeletal Development, Aging, and Regeneration", published by Cambridge University Press.
Dr Beaupre's research philosophy is founded on the premise that better patient care must be based on fundamentally sound physiological and biomechanical factors (e.g., force magnitude, number of daily loading repetitions, tissues stresses and strains) in maintaining skeletal health. His research has spanned a range of scales from the cell level, to the organ and tissue level, to whole body level. The research techniques employed by Dr Beaupre include biomechanical testing, computational modelling, animal studies and human subject studies.
Dr Graham Creasey, MD
Dr Creasey, formerly the Chief of the Spinal Cord Injury Service at the Veterans of America Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), serves now as Staff Physician at VAPAHCS. He is also the Paralyzed Veterans of America Professor of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Stanford University. He attended the University of Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland where he completed speciality and sub-speciality training and accreditation in Surgery and Spinal injuries at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Along with his clinical role, he has been actively engaged in research, mainly on the restoration of bladder, bowl and sexual function using electrical stimulation. Dr Creasey is also dedicated to training junior physicians and retraining outstanding young physicians in the VA Spinal Cord Injury System of Care.
Dr Rebecca Lambach
Dr Rebecca Lambach is a Research Biomechanical Engineer at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She received her PhD in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in May 2014. In her graduate work, Dr Lambach investigated relationships between knee cartilage health and movement patterns. She recently joined the musculoskeletal research group at VA Palo Alto to investigate skeletal health in the lower limbs following spinal cord injury, particularly in response to the loading experienced during FES rowing. Dr Lambach uses motion capture, computational modelling, peripheral quantitative computed tomography and other biomechanical research techniques in her work.
Her research is motivated by a desire to use engineering principles to understand and improve the health and quality of life of those with movement-related disabilities.