I'm A HIPpy is a community of doctors, researchers, parents, and children who are coming together with the goal of improving hip health and mobility for all children - not only in British Columbia, but also nationally and globally - through research, education, and advocacy. We aim to promote physical activity, overall health and wellbeing, and the importance of keeping mobile and active regardless of physical limitations.
Our mission is to improve hip health, mobility, and quality of life for children with Hip Dysplasia, with the hope of some day seeing a world free from the burden of this condition.
We have been inspired by what Dr. Kishore Mulpuri and his Bone Health and Mobility team at BC Children’s Hospital have accomplished, consider the limited resources and funding available to them. There is yet much more to be done, and through I'm A HIPpy, we are hopeful we can help more children in BC and beyond.
DR. KISHORE MULPURI MBBS, MS(Ortho), MHSc(Epi)
Dr. Kishore Mulpuri is a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the BC Children’s Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and an Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Orthopaedics. He is the Research Director of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and is currently Medical Lead for the Child Health BC Hip Surveillance Program for Children with Cerebral Palsy. He is also Co-Lead for the Evidence to Innovation Theme at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Founding President of the Canadian Pediatric Orthopaedic Group. As Lead of the Bone Health & Mobility Research Team at BC Children’s Hospital, he acts as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on various local and international multi-centre research studies. He is also regularly involved with the development of new clinical practice guidelines, most recently chairing the work group that developed the guidelines for non-operative treatment and management of hip dysplasia. His clinical practice and research interests have a major focus on children’s hips, cerebral palsy and trauma.
DR. EMILY SCHAEFFER PHD
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Dr. Emily Schaeffer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the BC Children’s Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and UBC Department of Orthopaedics. 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 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. In addition to her role as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, she is also the Study Coordinator for the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and Head Research Coordinator for the International Hip Dysplasia Registry.
RESEARCH SUPPORT STAFF & RESEARCH TEAM STRUCTURE
Dr. Mulpuri’s research team also consists of a Research Coordinator and two undergraduate science co-operative education students. Together, they coordinate and support patient recruitment, follow-up, study ethics applications, data collection and database maintenance. In addition, the team works closely with the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Evidence to Innovation Team to facilitate various research projects and activities.