I am the founder and director of the CRIPT, the Corps for Research of Instructional and Perceptual Technologies in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario. The CRIPT encompasses a trans-disciplinary crew of graduate students, ideas, and the will to pursue them. Our work here uses anatomy to explore education technology in order to improve educational practices and ameliorate knowledge translation. We are not bound to the idea that learning is a one way road; students, professors, graduates, and patients all understand more from the work we undertake here.
I teach in clinical anatomy, orthodontics and Periodontics. My interest in imaging crosses those disciplines mentioned previously as well as Egyptology. I am proud to be at the present time the only Canadian who imaged (X-rayed) the Royal Pharaohs and contributed to two books on this topic.
With and extensive background in Cell Biology, I am interested in the 3 dimensional visualization of tissues and organs at the microscopic level for educational purposes. This endeavour involves the preparation of serial histological sections, the processing of digital images of the sections with graphical visualization software, and the development of virtual 3D models and web-based learning modules.
Dr. Payne completed his BScE in Mechanical Engineering (Queen’s), his MSc in Kinesiology (Western) and his MD (Western), followed by specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa, and a fellowship in Sydney, Australia. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Payne is the Medical Director of the Regional Amputee Rehabilitation Program; other clinical interests include complex orthotics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and clinical electromyography. Dr. Payne’s research interests are in the areas of outcome measurements specifically pertaining to amputee rehabilitation, gait, and bracing. He is actively involved in medical education and is currently the Chair of the Musculoskeletal Medicine Course at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.
A neuroscientist and gross anatomist by training, Dan Belliveau’s research interest focuses on the “science of learning”. Presently he is focusing on two particular areas of learning. First, does three-dimensional representations of anatomy enhance the learning environment? Using the Anatatorium’s unique stereoscopic projection system, anatomical models can be constructed and deconstructed in three dimensions allowing students to complement their more traditional learning. Second, the influence of competition on learning is being actively investigated. Using novel question delivery technologies, Dr. Belliveau is exploring the role of peer-to-peer competition in preparing for and performing on examinations. Together, these studies address the intrinsic and extrinsic cues that influence student learning in an academic setting.
Dr de Ribaupierre earned her MD at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. After a Neurosurgery residency in Lausanne (Switzerland), she completed an epilepsy fellowship in the Foundation Rothschild in Paris (France), then a paediatric neurosurgery fellowship in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Western Ontario, working as a paediatric neurosurgeon with some involvement in paediatric and adult trauma and adult epilepsy surgery. Her main research areas are virtual reality as an educational tool, such as neuroanatomy teaching for medical students and residents, as well as surgical simulation. Her clinical research focuses on epilepsy, cognition and functional imaging. She is collaborating with CSTAR, Robarts and the Centre for Brain and Mind. On-going projects include 3D neuroendoscopy, virutal brain modelling, MRS and DTI in traumatic brain injury and the role of the cerebellum in attention. Dr. Payne’s research interests are in the areas of outcome measurements specifically pertaining to amputee rehabilitation, gait, and bracing. He is actively involved in medical education and is currently the Chair of the Musculoskeletal Medicine Course at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Kevin Fung is an associate professor in the dept of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. He obtained his associateship from the royal conservatory of music in 1989, and switched gears to pursue his undergraduate education at UWO in physics and medical biophysics from 1990-1993. He received his medical degree from Queen’s university in 1997, completed his residency in otolaryngology at UWO in 2002, and his fellowship training in head and neck microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan in 2004. He has been on faculty at western since 2004. He is also cross appointed to the department of Oncology and the Don Wright Faculty of Music. His clinical interests are in head and neck surgery, oncology, reconstructive surgery, laryngology, transoral laser microsurgery and robotic surgery. His main research interest is in medical education, but also has interests in functional outcomes following head and neck surgery, quality of life, and voice. his collaboration with the CRIPT has yielded the creation of two 3-D modules (larynx and cranial nerves) and a number of joint publications. He is actively involved in medical education, and is currently the co-chair of the respiration and airways course, deputy chair of the clerkship and electives committee at the Schulich school of medicine and dentistry, and is the chair of the undergraduate medical education committee for the Canadian society of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.