A prolific researcher, Dr. LaPrade M.D., Ph.D. servers as Chief Medical Officer, Deputy Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship and Director of International Research Scholar Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI).
The Institute’s Department of BioMedical Engineering is a multidisciplinary laboratory which applies quantitative, analytical, and integrative methods to the field of orthopaedic medicine. The multitalented research staff integrates clinical care, research, and education with the resources of world-renowned medical doctors in order to improve the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases. This focused approach is designed to maintain and enhance athletic performance, health, and quality of life for the professional, semi-professional, collegiate, high school and the recreationally active individual through an emphasis on bench-to-bedside research. The programs provided by the Department of BioMedical Engineering are unique and diverse and they encompass a complete range of services for the physically active or those wishing to return to an active lifestyle after injury.
The Department continues to grow, adding expertise, technology, and equipment, while simultaneously increasing the quality and quantity of research through collaborative efforts with national and international institutions. The SPRI Research and Educational Laboratories, completely renovated in 2011, include a BioMotion Laboratory and a Biomechanical Testing Laboratory. The BioMotion Laboratory incorporates a biplane fluoroscopy and motion capture system complete with a sports performance area and force plates to analyze normal, injured and treated patients during sporting activity. The Biomechanical Testing laboratory centers around two primary highly accurate and repeatable testing devices: a six-degree of freedom KUKA KR 60-3 robot and an Instron ElectroPuls E10000 linear-torsion testing machine.
Our overall goals are to enhance patient care nationally and internationally with a focus on high-quality research published in top-tier peer reviewed journals.