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Medicine by Design undertakes transformative research in regenerative medicine and cell therapy.

Translational Biology and Engineering Program

TBEP drives research at the interface of engineering and medicine. With a roster of multidisciplinary investigators, researchers develop strategies that will repair or regenerate heart muscle.

Centre for Healthcare Engineering

CHE is a leader in interdisciplinary research and education in healthcare engineering. Its research directly impacts healthcare organizations and partners in practice.

Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research

SOCAAR is a world-class centre for environmental research committed to innovation in producing a broad, trans-disciplinary and actionable understanding of the origins, characteristics, environmental impact, and human health consequences of atmospheric aerosols.

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The Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) — a multidisciplinary research community of engineering, medicine and dentistry investigators — offers research-based graduate programs at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels, as well as a Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Clinical Engineering and a Master of Engineering (MEng) that focuses on the design of biomedical devices. At the undergraduate level, engineering students can minor in Biomedical Engineering or Bioengineering, and Engineering Science students can major in Biomedical Systems Engineering.

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More than half a million Canadians are living with dementia, and as the country’s population ages, that number is expected to nearly double in 15 years. To improve current tests that monitor cognitive health in older adults, Professor Mark Chignell (MIE) and his team have developed a more engaging approach: gaming.
“Nobody wants to do a paper and pencil test, but if you give them a game to play then it doesn’t feel like a task,” says Chignell.

With the support of AGE-WELL, and a recently received Connaught Innovation Award, Chignell and his group of researchers have developed driving simulators and games that can monitor and improve the cognitive and physical health of older adults.

“A lot of them miss driving,” says Farzad Nejatimoharrami, a postdoctoral fellow with Chignell’s lab, as he turned the wireless steering wheel connected to a monitor