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NSERC Create


Program Background

The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program is an initiative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC). It is a research training program that was established with the goal of providing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with a unique opportunity to:

  • collaborate with colleagues
  • enhance translational research skills
  • facilitate transition to the workforce

The CREATE program was launched in 2009 and Queen's University was one of its first twenty recipients. Officially named the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Bone and Joint Health Technologies, it is hosted in the Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC) at Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital (KGH) with the abbreviated name: HMRC-CREATE.

HMRC-CREATE Program at Queen's


Within the next two decades the impact of bone and joint disease and injury on the loss of mobility in patients will be greatly reduced through the integration of emergent biological, information, and engineering technologies. The NSERC-CREATE Training Program in Bone and Joint Health Technologies program is designed to provide a generation of researchers who can achieve this goal.

Vision Statement

Training leaders to develop a new generation of minimally invasive technologies for the long-term maintenance of bone and joint health.

Mission Statement

To provide future scientists with learning opportunities that will challenge their attitudes and perspectives regarding research in bone and joint health technologies and build transferable skills to facilitate transition to the workforce. A guiding principle is to provide professional skills to trainees that will improve the quality, impact, and efficiency of performing research in three theme areas:

  • Joint Health Assessment
  • Computer-Assisted Reconstruction Technologies
  • Tissue Repair Technologies