Andrew Laing, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo

Andrew Laing, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo

October 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Falls are a leading cause of
injury-related hospitalizations for Canadian seniors – and almost a third of
Canadian seniors will fall each year. My name is Andrew Laing and I’m a researcher
in the Department of Kinesiology. My research program looks to use
biomechanical principles to try and determine what the impact forces are
when people fall and probably more importantly how can we reduce those
impact forces to reduce the risk of injury when people do fall. I got into
this field because of a personal story really. My grandfather
one day was walking down the driveway he fell and fractured his hip and that
incident was really the the starting point for a decrease in his quality of
life as well as the quality of life of my grandmother as as his caregiver at
that point in time. So I knew I wanted to go and move into the field to try and
come up with ways to reduce the consequences of falls and improve
independence and older adults. Supervising graduate students is
probably the best part of my job. I really enjoy the one-on-one interaction
with students and in addition to teaching technical skills – probably more
important is getting them excited about science, getting them excited about being
creative and using really novel problem-solving skills. The University of
Waterloo is a perfect place for me to do my research because of people and
resources. My colleagues are wonderful the students are top-notch and there’s a
commitment by the University to really engage in impactful research that makes
a difference at the end of the day