Pictou Academy and the people within the school have inspired and shaped the lives of many throughout its historic 200 years of existence and this certainly rings true for Scott Landry, a 1992 PA graduate who is now a professor in biomechanics at Acadia University.
Since 2008, Landry has been teaching human anatomy and biomechanics within Acadia’s School of Kinesiology and in 2012 he was awarded a federal and provincial grant to build an $860,000 research lab at Acadia focused on understanding and preventing sporting injuries and the progression of knee osteoarthritis.
Landry speaks highly of his time and experiences at PA and he considers his first real introduction to research and the scientific method to be when he carried out an extensive research project in his Grade 12 biology class taught by Margo Hilchey.
He also very much enjoyed the chemistry and physics courses he took from Alex Hardy and the math courses he took from Ann Young. These teachers, among others, all had an important role in guiding Landry to pursue degrees in biology, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering and become a professor at a small university where inspiring students through both teaching and research is a central focus.
Landry, as well as his two younger brothers Rob and Brady, all attended Acadia University after graduating from PA. Scott received his Diploma in Engineering and his Bachelor of Science with honours in Biology (Vertebrate Physiology) from Acadia in 1997. He and fellow PA graduates Nik and Kris Cooper were all members of the Acadia Varsity Soccer Team and in Landry’s final year at Acadia, their team went on to capture the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Conference Champ-ionship. Athletics was and continues to be an important part of Landry’s life and in his PA graduation year, he was awarded the Ian Weisner Memorial Trophy for excellence in athletics, leadership and scholarship.
After leaving Acadia in 1997, Landry moved to Halifax and spent the better part of a decade at Dalhousie University working on his mechanical engineering degree and his PhD in biomedical engineering. In the last year of his mechanical engineering degree, Landry and three of his classmates were awarded the top prize at the 2000 Canadian Engineering Competition for a device that they developed to monitor and help a baby if they stopped breathing while sleeping in a crib.
Towards the end of his mechanical engineering degree and throughout his PhD, Landry carried out orthopaedic related research with Drs. William Stanish, Ross Leighton and Andrew Trenholm from the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery within Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine. Landry’s research focused on tibial plateau fractures, knee osteoarthritis and anterior cruciate ligament injuries and it was during this time that he began doing sport injury related research for Nike, one of the world’s leaders in footwear and sport apparel design.
In 2006, Landry earned a national award from the Canadian Society of Biomechanics for his neuromuscular and biomechanical research focused on understanding risk factors related to the higher prevalence of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female compared to male athletes.
After earning his PhD from Dalhousie in 2007, Landry then pursued a post doctoral fellowship in sports biomechanics from the University of Calgary. It was during this time that he formed a strong research tie, that continues to this day, with the Adidas Global Group out of Portland, Ore.
Landry admits that one of the biggest deciding factors for him to head out to Calgary to finish his academic training was to spend time with the large number of fellow PA grads and friends who were living and working in Calgary at the time.
Towards the end of his time in Calgary, Landry met the love of his life, Natalie, and they now reside in Wolfville with their two daughters, Taleah and Claire. Landry is currently a full time professor in Acadia’s School of Kinesiology and holds an adjunct faculty position at Dalhousie. As a principal applicant or collaborator, Landry and his research team have received almost $1.5 million in financial support for their research taking place in their new John MacIntyre mLAB (motion Laboratory of Applied Biomechanics – .
Landry and his research students also have more than 70 publications or conference proceedings at the international, national and regional level.
During the past couple of years, his research team has carried out performance based research for the Adidas Basketball Group and last year he spent part of his sabbatical leave working as a research consultant within Adidas’ Sport Research Lab in Portland Ore. Landry currently serves as a research advisor for a newly designed knee brace by Spring Loaded Technology and as a scientific advisor for Kinduct Technologies, both Nova Scotia companies with very promising futures. Since becoming a professor at Acadia, Landry has also been honoured by his students and the university with two outstanding teaching awards.
Landry’s passion for Pictou and PA runs deep and he always enjoys the opportunity of returning to his hometown to visit friends, family and his parents Chriss and Charlie. Fortunately for Landry, his trips back home have become more frequent over the past few years as he now serves as a trustee on the Pictou Academy Education Foundation. This has allowed him to again become quite involved with PA, an institution that has been so instrumental in inspiring and preparing its students for life after high school.
– Submitted by Beth Henderson
The 200thPictou Academy anniversary celebration will take place July 1-7 during Lobster Carnival week