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jfinlay52
09-17-1995, 02:13 AM
L A B O R A T O R Y C L O S U R E

31 July 1995

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Biomechanics Laboratory

University Hospital, University of Western Ontario

Bryan Finlay and Adrian Liggins

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In 1973 research in Orthopaedic Biomechanics started at the newly
opened University Hospital (UH) of the University of Western
Ontario (UWO). This collaborative work involved Engineer Bryan
Finlay and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Ray Repo. Bryan had moved from
the University of Strathclyde to take up the joint position of
Chief of Biomedical Engineering with an academic appointment
within Biophysics at UWO.

After 10 years of productive part-time research and having
established one of the leading Clinical Engineering units in
Canada, Bryan moved from his Department Head position to take up
a full-time position as the Director of the UH Orthopaedic
Research Laboratory of UWO.

The past 23 years of Biomechanics Research at UH has been
particularly productive (some 80 Full Papers in refereed
journals/books, and more than 150 Conference Papers/Abstracts).

This past work has involved Bryan with his surgical colleagues
(Drs Robert Bourne and Cecil Rorabeck), his engineering/science
colleagues (Dr Robert Hardie, Dr Adrian Liggins, Dr Philip
Drijber, Dr Tack Lam, Dr Pawel Kurowski, Ms Therese Moroz and Mr
Andrew Dempsey), his veterinary colleague (Dr Mark Hurtig),
Technical Staff (Jim Chivers-Wilson, John McLean, Peter Andreae,
Mike Scott, Chris Lorantfy, and Boris Lysynski), and numerous
undergraduate/postgraduate students and Post-Doctoral Fellows.

Surgeons Cec Rorabeck and Bob Bourne, however, decided to close
the Biomechanics Laboratory at University Hospital on 31st July
1995 "... as it no longer represents their interests".

Bryan and Adrian express their sincerest thanks to folk who wrote
letters to the UWO Administration in support of attempts to
retain the Laboratory at UWO; however, the university has
determined that there is no possibility of relocation on the UWO
campus for the laboratory and that Biomedical Engineering is not
a priority for the Faculty of Engineering at UWO.

Until we find full-time positions, we will continue to be
available via e-mail and the Department of Medical Biophysics at
UWO where we both hold unpaid appointments as Full Professor and
Honourary Lecturer respectively:

Adrian Liggins: aliggins@julian.uwo.ca 519-672-0107

Bryan Finlay: bfinlay@uwovax.uwo.ca 519-472-1346

FAX: 519-661-2123 (Medical Biophysics, UWO)



Bryan Finlay
61 Hampton Crescent 519-472-1346
London ON N6H 2P1 bfinlay@uwovax.uwo.ca