Center for Research in Dermoskeletics

Center for Research in Dermoskeletics

The Center for Research in Dermoskeletics is an onsite applied research facility focused on the continuous improvement of the B-TEMIA technology platform and advancing the science of dermoskeletics.  Physically located on the Campus of the University of New Brunswick,  this co-enterprise partnership was born out of the collaboration between UNB and B-TEMIA, sponsored by B-TEMIA with the generous support of the Government of New Brunswick and the Federal Government through various programs. Under the direction of Dr. Chris McGibbon as Scientific Director and Dr. Kevin Englehart as Executive Coordinator, the Center will employ over 13 Post Doctoral, Doctoral, Master’s and Undergraduate students from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Faculty of Kinesiology over the next 5 years.

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Research Team

Chris A. McGibbon, PhD, Scientific Director

Chris A. McGibbon received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1994, followed by a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship in Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS), Department of Orthopaedics Surgery, Boston, MA.

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Between 1996 and 2004, Dr. McGibbon was Technical/ Assistant Director of the MGH Biomotion Laboratory, Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery at HMS, and Assistant Professor (1996-2000) and Associate Professor (2000-2004) in the Graduate Programs in Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA.

Chris McGibbon is the Scientific Director for the Centre for Research in Dermoskeletics, Research Chair in Rehabilitation Biomechanics at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Professor in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. Dr. McGibbon has authored, or co-authored, more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference abstracts. Dr. McGibbon was a member of the Institute Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health, Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (2007-2010), has served on several peer review committees for NSERC and CIHR, and currently serves on peer review committees for the US National Institutes of Health.

Kevin Englehart, PhD, Executive Coordinator

Kevin Englehart received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1998, and in the same year became an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNB. In his first two years as a faculty member, he created the Software Engineering Degree, working closely with the Dean of Computer Science, Jane Fritz.

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Kevin Englehart is the Executive Coordinator for the Center of Research in Dermoskeletics, Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.  He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Engineering, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Dr. Englehart has more than 160 peer-reviewed publications, and has authored five book chapters in biomedical signal processing. His research has resulted in significant advances in the control of artificial limbs.  Dr. Englehart has consulted on many commercial R&D projects in aeronautics, speech recognition, defense systems, and neural engineering. He is a recipient of the NBIF R3 Innovation Award, the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Award, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Stéphane Bédard

Mr. Bédard is the founder of B-TEMIA and has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer since 2010.  Prior to his work at B-TEMIA, Mr. Bédard was the founder and Chief Operating Officer of Victhom Human Bionics from 2000 to 2009 where he participated in raising $45 Million and introducing the world’s first bionic knee to the market – the POWER KNEE™. Mr. Bédard holds numerous international patents in the field of biomechatronics. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and pursued doctoral studies in Biomechatronics from Université Laval in Quebec City.