The University of New Brunswick’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering will be expanded this year with the creation of a new centre thanks to approximately $5 million dollars in investments from the Government of New Brunswick, from The Canada Foundation for Innovation and from a private donor.
Funding will go toward the construction of a specialized rehabilitation research space and the purchase of state-of-the-art rehabiliation equipment.
“The Institute of Biomedical Engineering at UNB has been building and expanding its research capacity through close collaborations with partners throughout the world,” said Dr. Eddy Campbell, UNB’s president and vice-chancellor. “Through these partnerships, and with support from the Province of New Brunswick, our researchers will be able to address some of the most important challenges facing neurorehabilitation in Canada and beyond.” The Institute of Biomedical Engineering is world-renowned for its multi-disciplinary research unit. Since 1965, the institute has furthered biomedical engineering education, research and community service.
“The University of New Brunswick is a cornerstone of research in the province,” said deputy premier Stephen Horsman. “Our government’s investment in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering is for the construction and support of a facility focused on adaptive solutions using mixed rehabilitation engineering strategies.”
Dr. Chris McGibbon, a UNB kinesiology professor and researcher at the institute, said the funding will help improve the quality of life for people with chronic neurological conditions.
The funding was announced on July 19 at UNB Fredericton by Minister Horsman.
- Alysha Elliott, communications, Regional Development Corporation, 506-461-5587
- Natasha Ashfield, communications, University of New Brunswick, 506-447-3012
Photo: From left: Karen Cunningham, UNB’s Vice-President Administration & Finance; Dr. Jon Sensinger, Acting Director of IBME; Stephen Horsman, Deputy Premier of New Brunswick; Dr. Chris McGibbon, Project Lead and Professor of Kinesiology at UNB.