The SMART Network is a state-of-the-art center for researchers from engineering, medicine, rehabilitation, computer science, neuroscience, and social sciences who have come together to generate knowledge related to neural injuries and diseases, and to translate that knowledge into intelligent medical devices and innovative rehabilitation interventions.
The Network was established with funds from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Economic Development and Trade Provincial Ministry. Our goal is to provide a well-equipped and comprehensive interdisciplinary, multi-sector environment to foster innovation and create solutions that would improve patient outcomes and quality of life while minimizing costs.
We stand with all oppressed minorities and will continue to work diligently to abolish systemic racism and wholly embrace equity, diversity and inclusivity.
Led by Dr. Vivian Mushahwar, the Network is proud to be established on the foundation of diversity and equality.
We are a multi-disciplinary team that celebrates each member’s unique set of knowledge, expertise and perspective and are a stronger network because of these individual differences.
We are proud role models of inclusivity and will continue to uphold these principles.
"To remain neutral in systems of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."
- Desmond Tutu
The SMART Network is located at the University of Alberta. Our buildings, labs, and research stations are primarily located on the traditional territory of Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, and Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe nations; lands that are now known as part of Treaties 6, 7, and 8 and homeland of the Métis. We respect the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit nations.