State-of-the-art facilities, equipment and cutting-edge technologies at the Centre for Aging SMART (Solutions for Mobility, Activity, Rehabilitation and Technology) at Vancouver Coastal Health foster a research environment with a focus on innovation. We have facilities within the Robert H.N. Ho Research Building (24,000 sq ft), GF Strong Rehab Centre (5,000 sq ft) and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Research Pavilion (2,700 sq ft). Our research strengths include bone and joint imaging for the early detection of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis; movement analysis and rehabilitation of function; interventions that enhance bone health, cognitive function, mobility, in addition to preventing falls and fracture; bone and joint biomechanics; biomaterials engineering; population health and epidemiology; health economics; innovations to reduce the overall burden of orthopaedic surgeries;  molecular and cellular physiology of bone, muscle, and tendon; knowledge translation; and implementation science.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Staff are happy to address any question you may have, discuss potential applications for our labs and equipment, and work with you to coordinate your project.

We welcome local, national, or international researchers from:

  • Academic institutions
  • Industry
  • Government

The primary use of labsequipment, and HQP is for health research, however researchers in other fields are welcome to submit a project proposal. Please contact us for more information.

The seven-storey, 69,350 square foot facility on the Vancouver General Hospital campus is named after a major donor, Robert H.N. Ho who spent his business career in journalism and has carried on a family legacy in philanthropic activities. Learn more

No. Please note that we are a research centre, not a medical clinic. If you have questions or concerns about a medical condition, please consult with your physician.