News and Spotlights

ICORD’s summer research program for Indigenous youth

Mar 18, 2022
In partnership with UBC’s School of Biomedical Engineering, ICORD is excited to offer a summer program to provide opportunities and mentorship for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) youth interested in scientific research. High school students (currently in grades 10 to 12) are invited to do research projects with us, in the hopes that this experience […]

UBC researchers lead $24 million project to treat spinal cord injury

Jan 12, 2022
  UBC researchers lead $24 million project to treat spinal cord injury

Rogers and UBC ICICS Unleash the Power of 5G

Jul 16, 2021
As a Canadian leader in 5G innovation, Rogers saw the potential of collaborating with UBC researchers and in leveraging UBC’s experience in utilizing its campus as a living lab. Rogers and UBC Unleash the Power of 5G

5 New Digital Technologies in Healthcare

Mar 25, 2019
Healthcare is undergoing dramatic change in the way care is delivered to patients. With information technology now prevalent across care settings, doors have been opened to the automation of hospital workflows, including billing, digital record management, and many areas where artificial intelligence (AI) can play a role, most notably in radiology. Combined with new wearable […]

Exploratory Workshop in Spinal Cord Injury and Bioengineering

Jan 08, 2019
Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, UBC (Vancouver Campus) We were delighted to host our partners from the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, Rick Hansen Institute and ICORD to engage in problem solving in the area of spinal cord injury. This resulted in new collaborations that bring together clinicians, engineers, scientists along with persons with […]

5 Bionic Devices Improving Lives Today

Nov 26, 2018
Bionic devices restore or augment human capabilities. In recent years we have seen many of these devices enter the market, including advanced prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, wearables and assistive products like exoskeletons. To better understand the landscape of bionic products, we have made a short list of the most interesting recent developments in the market. […]

Research Cluster Exchange Day

Oct 06, 2018
Fred Kaiser Building, UBC (Vancouver Campus) On 1 October, Bionics Network hosted it’s first Cluster Exchange Day to further integrate Research Excellence Clusters at UBC. This event included talks by cluster leads, a poster session and technology demonstrations that represent cutting-edge advances in a variety of related fields. Attending the event were representatives from Bionics Network, Biomedical […]

The Next Generation of Bionic Devices

Sep 06, 2018
Inspired by the iconic scene of Luke Skywalker receiving an artificial hand in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, UBC is focusing on the future of bionics and the next generation of bio-integrated devices. Led by electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. John Madden, the newly-formed Bionics Network connects over two dozen principal investigators at UBC, […]

3D Printing Humans: A Quick Review of 3D Bioprinters

Aug 03, 2018
It was only a matter of time before the iconic scene from 1997’s The Fifth Element became a reality. In the film Milla Jovovich’s character, Leeloo, is entirely rebuilt using her dead hand as a template. The resurrection is performed by a surgical robot that collects slices of heterogeneous tissue, generated from a yellow bio-ink, […]

ET CMOS – Emerging Technologies Communications Microsystems Optoelectronics Sensors

May 11, 2018
ET CMOS Whistler, BC, Canada In our inaugural year, Bionics Network hosted its first collaborative workshop at ET CMOS in Whistler, BC, Canada, on Friday 11 May. There we engaged with collaborators in a cross-disciplinary discussion of the challenges and opportunities in the fields of Advanced Prosthetics and Soft Robotics, with specific interest in building a […]