History of the McCaig Institute

              Mr. Bud McCaig

              Mr. Bud McCaig

The McCaig Institute  for Bone and Joint Health originated in 1984 at the then University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine as a small research group called the Musculoskeletal Research Group. Research activity grew with the development of the gait lab in the Faculty of Kinesiology. In the late 1980s musculoskeletal health and inflammation researchers from the faculties of Medicine and Kinesiology connected to form the Joint Injury and Arthritis Research Group.  At this early stage, the potential impact of taking a multi-disciplinary research approach was recognized.  Under the leadership of J.R.“Bud” McCaig, the Western Orthopaedic and Arthritis Foundation was formed. As research on bone and joint topics expanded Calgary was recognized for performing high quality innovative basic musculoskeletal research.  Through the support of Bud McCaig, the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health was founded in 2007. His vision was for a world without arthritis and preventable bone and joint injuries.

The McCaig Institute suffered a tremendous loss with the unexpected passing of Mr. McCaig in January of 2005. However, his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Marilyn McCaig has taken on the role of Calgary Institute Community Leader demonstrating outstanding leadership.  Members of the Institute look forward to continuing the relationship with the entire McCaig Family.

Past Directors of the McCaig Institute for Bone & Joint Health (and preceding research groups) are:

  • Cy Frank (1988-1993 and 2004-2007)
  • David Hart (1993-1995 and 2007-2008)
  • Ron Zernicke (1996-1999)
  • Robert Bray (1999-2002)
  • Nigel Shrive (2002-2004 and 2009-2014)
  • Marvin Fritzler (2015)
  • Steven Boyd (2016 - present)