Dr. Emily K. Schaeffer recently completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the BC Children’s Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Orthopaedics which began in December 2015. She completed her undergraduate studies in Honours Biochemistry at UBC and holds a PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She has now been appointed as Research Associate in the UBC Department of Orthopaedics and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHRI). She has an extensive background in basic science and translational research and her research interests include pediatric hip conditions such as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), hip displacement secondary to cerebral palsy and the genetics underlying DDH.
Emily has been instrumental in creating the International Hip Dysplasia Registry (IHDR), the largest of its kind in size and scope to study the full spectrum of pediatric hip dysplasia prospectively, as well as the SCFE Longitudinal International Prospective (SLIP) Registry. She is the Scientific Lead for both registries, the former of which received the first ever POSNA Registry Grant which funds high quality clinical registries. Her dedication to conducting multi-centre assessments of various forms of diagnoses and treatment for infants and children with various orthopaedic conditions will be a catalyst in changing current screening practices and monitoring protocols within the next 3-5 years. International collaborations have become a priority in BCCH’s pediatric orthopaedic research as a result of Emily’s commitment to make screening practices, guidelines and treatments applicable to communities and families both at home and abroad. Please welcome Emily as she begins her new position at UBC and BCCHRI!