Karen A. Beattie, PhD
Deptartment of Medicine
McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Karen Beattie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and holds an associate appointment in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Guelph where she studied Human Kinetics. This was followed by her graduate work and post-doctoral fellowship at McMaster University. Currently, Karen's research areas include Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
In Osteoarthritis, Karen's research interests include the use of magnetic resonance imaging, plain radiographs, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in analyzing and quantifying disease progression. Her work involves collaborations with a number of researchers at CAMRIS and elsewhere including Dr. Norma MacIntyre, Dr. Monica Maly in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University and Dr. Jeffrey Duryea at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Karen's research interests in Osteoporosis also include imaging, specifically the use of MRI, pQCT and X-ray to evaluate and quantify bone quality. In addition, she has also spearheaded much of the research on the use of a new tool which integrates bone mineral density measurements and other clinical risk factors for fracture into a one-step global fracture risk assessment known as Bone Destiny.
In Rheumatoid Arthritis, Karen's research is focused on the use of MRI in assessing and quantifying disease features including bone erosions and synovitis. In addition, she is working on developing and validating new, innovative clinical tools which may be used to monitor disease signs and symptoms in an accurate yet efficient manner.
In addition to these areas of research, Karen is also involved in studies validating the use of the GALS (gait, arms, legs and spine) musculoskeletal screening exam in primary care and investigating the sensitivity of the exam to identify patients with inflammatory arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.