Biomedical Engineering

With four full time research faculty and 12 support staff, UNB’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) is one of the top biomedical research organizations of its kind in the world. 

The IBME works closely with the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation (SCCR), one of the leading rehabilitation hospitals in North America.

The research-intensive SCCR has more transitional living suites than any other rehabilitation facility in Canada and is home to the only rehabilitation engineering clinic east of Quebec.

The IBME and SCCR partnership has produced: 

  • The second largest powered prosthetic clinic in Canada – the New Brunswick Limb Deficiency Clinic
  • The largest myoelectric control course in the world at UNB’s Wu Centre 
  • The Fredericton Restorative and Reconstructive Centre of Expertise – with Plastics and Orthopedics at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital 
  • The most complex gait lab in Canada at UNB’s Currie Centre

The Institute is the region's prosthetic fitting centre where amputees are fitted with state-of-the-art intelligent artificial limbs. The IBME also developed the UNB Test of Prosthetic Function, currently used by researchers all over the world. 

Current notable research areas include:

  • Myoelectric signal processing, 
  • Biomedical instrumentation 
  • Human motion analysis. 
  • Advanced myoelectric signal processing for powered upper limb prostheses  
  • Clinical tools for neuromuscular evaluation; and,
  • Dermoskeletal systems (Center for Research in Dermoskeletics). 

US Department of Defense Invests in Fredericton

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering research excellence at UNB was recognized by U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency with 2.5 M in funding to evaluate prosthetic limb technology