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Institute of Biomedical Engineering

About IBME

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) is a research institute within the University of New Brunswick. Founded in 1965, the Institute has evolved to become a world renowned, multi-disciplinary research unit involved in a broad spectrum of activities. Our mandate is to further education, research and community service in biomedical engineering

Facilities and resources for faculty and students

The Institute is a focal point for biomedical engineering research at UNB and provides facilities and resources to support faculty and students. This group investigates a broad range of topics related to designing systems and equipment that meet human physical requirements or medical needs. 

The IBME has provided a Clinical Engineering program for New Brunswick hospitals since 1972. This service satisfies our provincial health care needs and currently focuses on consultation and inspection services for construction and renovation activities. 

Limb fitting services for clients across Atlantic Canada

The IBME also houses the Atlantic Clinic for Upper Limb Prosthetics, which helps individuals who need artificial arms, hands or fingers, or other devices to help with an upper limb deficiency or complex upper limb dysfunction. Our clinic specializes in fitting myoelectric prostheses. We also provide cosmetic restorations, passive prostheses, recreational adaptations or specially designed custom prosthetic devices. If you or a loved one has a limb deficiency please visit the Limb Clinic to find out how we can help you.

Bob and Joan Scott Scholarship 

As part of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering's 50th anniversary, we're honouring the work of the late Dr. Robert N. Scott (1933-2014).

A professor of electrical engineering from 1959 to 1995, Bob Scott touched the lives of many people. His vision and pioneering research in the development of electronic aids for the disabled led to his founding IBME at the University of New Brunswick in 1965. During the 25 years he served as its director, the Institute became internationally renowned. The prosthetic limb control system he personally developed is now common in commercial devices, and in 1982 he established the Child Prosthetics Research Centre in Fredericton.

We invite alumni and community donors to honour his legacy by contributing to the Bob and Joan Scott Scholarship for Biomedical Engineering. The scholarship, which may be held for two years, will support graduate students in the field of biomedical engineering. Gifts to the Bob and Joan Scott Scholarship for Biomedical Engineering fund can be made online at www.unb.ca/donations or by contacting Development & Donor Relations at (506) 458-7594.