Biomedical Engineering

Together, we will engineer solutions for health

Biomedical engineering has dramatically advanced health care and health-related research over the past half-century – for both human and animal populations.

It will have an even greater influence in the future.

Every day, biomedical engineering helps to extend lives, ensures safe food and water supplies and improves the quality of life.

The University of Calgary has a strong track record of great accomplishments in biomedical engineering, with a solid foundation of interdisciplinary research and training. It provides more effective options for front-line health care professionals.

Through the implementation of the Biomedical Engineering Research Strategy, we will leverage our accomplishments and investments to deliver innovative, sustainable biomedical engineering solutions for multifaceted health needs.

Our integrated teams will lead exciting new developments in biomedical devices, as well as technologies and strategies for the monitoring and prevention of diseases and injuries.

We are striving to continuously improve the health system.

Research outcomes to benefit society

Fuel transformational change

$650 million

Energizing brain health with exercise

We spark new findings to improve health.

Over the course of her kinesiology degree, Adrienna Dyck has become passionate about the potential of exercise
to improve the quality of life, regardless of a person’s age or fitness level.

Dyck’s research project — The Effect of Aerobic Fitness on Cerebrovascular Regulation and Cognitive Function in Older Adults — examines how aerobic fitness can improve the ability of the brain to appropriately regulate blood flow. In turn, it can benefit cognitive function in older adults.

Scholarship boosts unique research

Adrienna Dyck’s work is unique in that it aims to understand, in detail, the physiological underpinnings of cerebrovascular response to aerobic training.

Dyck is one of 15 UCalgary undergraduate students who received a fall/winter 2015-16 Markin USRP studentship. These students from different faculties work on research projects in addition to full course loads.

The kinesiology student conducts research under the mentorship of Dr. Marc Poulin, a professor in the Cumming School of Medicine and Faculty of Kinesiology, and PhD student Daniela Krawczyk.

Team wins seed money for research

A UCalgary team of scientists has won seed money to launch a tactile bone product.

The team — Ammolite BioModels from the Cumming School of Medicine — developed a bone model designed to feel like real bone.
It could be used in the training of orthopaedic surgeons.

A realistic and cost-effective training option, the project aims to reduce the cost, time and risks of surgeries by improving training outside the operating room.

The McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health team will use the $100,000 prize money to scale up product manufacturing.

Scientists turn research into products

It’s a competition that draws the best solutions from passionate teams of entrepreneurial scientists.

When UCalgary’s Ammolite BioModels won $100,000 in the inaugural TENET I2C (Innovation to Commercialization) Competition, they earned the opportunity to transition their medical research into products and services that improve lives.

Established with a gift from TENET Medical Engineering and organized by the McCaig Institute, the competition encourages medical entrepreneurs.

Ammolite BioModels was one of four teams to pitch their idea to a panel of judges.

Study finds injury prevention can cut health costs

A new study by Cumming School of Medicine researchers published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that a neuromuscular training warm-up program can prevent injury in youth soccer. And it saves millions of dollars in health-care costs.

This study, focusing on youth soccer, is the first to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of this type of injury-prevention program. It considers the reduction in terms of both costs and burden of injuries.

Easing the burden

UCalgary researcher Carolyn Emery aims to reduce injuries while benefiting the wider community.

Engaging sport associations, coaches, teachers and players to implement neuromuscular training warm-up programs in youth sport across the country will have a significant impact globally, she believes.

A Cumming School of Medicine study suggests training can help prevent injuries and reduce health-care costs by 43 per cent. A neuromuscular training prevention program in Alberta could save $2.7 million in one season of soccer.

Join us in engineering solutions for health

Contact information

Kim Kadatz
Associate Vice-President, University Development
403.220.7155
kkadatz@ucalgary.ca