Low-back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Most of the people that you see around you they have dealt with low-back pain at some part of their life. So there’s a lot of people that are suffering, and one of the issues is that we don’t know how low-back pain occurs. At Laurier, we are trying to figure out what people do that increases the risks of getting a back injury or having pain whether it’s at work or at home. Can we figure out what they should be doing so that they can try to live ideally a pain-free life or at least significantly less pain in their life. We are trying to perform these goal-oriented research tasks, and to answer the questions that will have global impact. I’m so proud that we’re doing such impactful work because at the end when you do research the one thing you want to know is that this helps someone. It’s really important for students to get a lot of hands-on experience. For a student to be able to get into a lab and feel that they have a sense of purpose you know, they’re contributing to my research. You know that this is what you’re going to face in real life. How to analyze it, how to figure out the solutions, how to come up with solutions. Research can make students ready for everyday life. I was thinking about applying for my PhD. I only wanted to apply at one place – Laurier. Diane gives the best combination of high character and talent. I’m thrilled to work with her because I think that under her tutelage I’m going to do the best I possibly can academically. And I really believe that she’s the best mentor to help get me where I want to go. It’s really exciting what’s going to come out of these students in the next, you know, 10-20 years. For a student who is looking to come to Laurier one of the greatest things that Laurier has to offer is that it has a strong sense of community and a strong sense of support to their students. I have had students come up and say “I really felt like how I did and who I was as an individual was important to you.” And it certainly is and I’m really glad that the students are able to pick up on that.