The Device Development and Biological Testing Core supports discovery work in the nervous system, prototyping of innovative implantable and wearable medical devices, testing of neuro-inflammation and biological reactivity to implantable micro-technologies. A Quality Management System (QMS) for medical device development has been implemented to prepare our devices for manufacturing and ensure regulatory compliance.
This core houses the only Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) preclinical testing facility in Western Canada. It supports the completion of preclinical research services to help University researchers and client companies develop therapeutic products or establish product safety in compliance with regulatory approval under the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Good Laboratory Practice regulations or FDA 21CFR Part 58.
Sampling in biological testing
High Throughput Cell Culture
The Sensorimotor Integration & Machine Learning core focuses on enhancing the function and acceptability of advanced assistive devices (e.g., exoskeletons, artificial limbs and neural prostheses) by addressing the human-machine interface, resulting in more efficient cooperative interactions.
This core also aims to reduce the cognitive burden of controlling a device by endowing the devices with intelligence using cutting-edge machine learning approaches.
The Rehabilitation Innovations core develops new rehabilitation interventions that harness multiple networks in the nervous system for restoring function using innovative training strategies augmented with pharmacological assistance, cell-based therapies and devices.
This core also promotes the development of cost-effective interventions for preventing secondary complications after neural injury or disease.
EEG and bilateral kinarm
The Robotics & Virtual Reality core develops virtual and augmented reality applications for diagnosis of the impact of injury or disease, rehabilitation training and evaluation of functional outcomes, innovative telehealth applications to provide care in remote communities as well as providing an effective new medium for learning.