The REDLab is the central hub for Dr. Jaimie Borisoff’s Canada Research Chair in “Rehabilitation Engineering Design”. This initiative represents a partnership between BCIT’s Schools of Construction and the Environment (SOCE), Health Sciences, Computing and Academic Studies, and Energy. Dr. Borisoff is also a Principal Investigator at ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries), and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Biomedical Engineering Program, both at the University of British Columbia.
The REDLab works with a diverse, inter-disciplinary network of researchers (e.g. Rehabilitation Engineering, Occupational Therapy, Mechanical Engineering, Human Kinetics, and others), as wells as industry and community partners.
The research program focuses on studying and developing technologies that positively impact a person’s ability to interact with the built and natural environments, and/or promote health and community participation for those with disabilities. This research entails 1) studying the issues, barriers, and gaps faced by people with spinal cord injury and other mobility impairments; and 2) developing new technologies to help mitigate these issues.