Research & Discovery

Canada's Most Entrepreneurial University 

UNB was named Canada’s Most Entrepreneurial University by Startup Canada in 2014 for its contribution to innovation and entrepreneurial programming. With six entrepreneurial centres and an institution-wide focus on experiential learning and mentorship, entrepreneurial thinking and creativity is part of our fabric.

Technology used by Google 

Groundbreaking research developed at UNB is now commonplace around the globe because of Dr. Yun Zhang. Zhang, a UNB professor and Canada Research Chair in Advanced Geomatics Image Processing, developed camera lens and chip technology that has been used by Google Maps. UNB start-up SceneSharp developed the UNB PanSharp technology, which enhances satellite images by combining a low-resolution colour image with a high-resolution black and white image. PanSharp has been licensed by UNB for use by companies across the globe, including Google Maps.

Research partners with NASA

UNB is currently a research partner with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where the two groups study irregularities in the ionosphere. Our own Dr. Richard Langley is working with NASA researchers to study the size of plasma irregularities in an attempt to learn about their cause, which in turn helps researchers predict when and where to expect them. The teams are using data collected from a GPS Attitude, Positioning, and Profiling instrument, which was designed right here at UNB.

World-leading powered prosthetic research

UNB has become a global leader in powered prosthetic research. Our Institute of Biomedical Engineering (est. 1965) produces graduates who have gone on to become world-leaders in research and industry. The institute is also home to the Atlantic Clinic for Upper Limb Prosthetics.

World-leading MRI technology

UNB is a world leader in developing MRI technology, thanks to the hard work of Dr. Bruce Balcom, a physics professor and director of the UNB MRI Centre, and Jill and Derrick Green of Green Imaging Technologies. The team partnered to uncover new ways of helping energy companies find previously untapped reserves of oil and gas. Bruce discovered MRI is ideal for visualizing the flow of oil through rock, and the opportunities to capitalize on the technology were obvious. Now the New Brunswick-based Green Imaging Technologies is a world leader at using MRI technology to examine rock core samples for oil and gas.

Pioneering research in plant-based medicines

We are pioneering research in traditional plant-based medicines thanks to the work of Dr. Christopher Gray and Dr. John Johnson. The two are the only researchers in Canada studying nature to discover new drugs and antibiotics as diseases develop resistance to longstanding treatments. The research examines the traditional medicines of Canada’s First Nations and has the potential to produce new treatments for diseases.

Cutting-edge motion-analysis technology

One of the most advanced motion analysis labs in North America is right here in UNB’s Richard J. CURRIE CENTER. The Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory is a state-of-the-art biomechanics and neuromuscular physiology teaching and research lab, uniquely located within a jogging track to allow the measurement of continuous motion, such as walking.

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