Andy Kin On Wong, PhD
HBSc PhD, Co-Director of CaMos BQS & MQS
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar (www.vanier.gc.ca)
Research interests: Osteoporosis, pQCT and MRI bone and muscle diagnostic imaging, fracture risk assessment, sarcopenia and falls
Andy Kin On Wong is the director of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Bone and Muscle Quality Studies (CaMos BQS & MQS). He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Medical Sciences at McMaster University. His research is focused on developing and elucidating bone and muscle morphometric measures on CT and MRI for diagnosing osteoporosis. He has built capacity in performing bone structural analyses and is refining tools for analyzing muscle morphometry and fat. These tools have been applied in his studies of bisphosphonates, teriparatide, nutrition and physical activity.
Wong has a background in pharmacology (http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/biopharm) and has performed studies using the 1.0T pMRI, various CT modalities (pQCT, XtremeCT, microCT, central QCT), radiography and histomorphometry. His expertise in bone and joint physiology combined with his experience with imaging techniques and basic principles in medical physics has enabled him to direct and to advise on clinical studies of musculoskeletal focus. He works closely with Dr. Dean Inglis who designs image processing algorithms to derive potential imaging outcomes for assessing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis disease. Using these outcomes, he has evaluated disease epidemiology, etiology and treatment in several populations.
Wong has further trained in epidemiology at UCSF by examining fracture risk assessment using bone and muscle outcomes measured by pQCT in the MrOS study. Through the CIHR Institute of Aging, he has further developed skills in the analysis of longitudinal data. He continues to work with large datasets such as that of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos, www.camos.org), enabled by his ongoing statistical training.
Wong envisions the use of pQCT and pMRI to compose a musculoskeletal assessment of aging Canadians. The combined information on bone, muscle and fat provided by these techniques is anticipated to provide a more robust answer to fractures, falls and frailty. By combining comprehensive musculoskeletal outcomes with other disease risk factors and strength measurements, a more complete picture of musculoskeletal health can be painted.
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