Integration of SMART Network Cores in the Device & Drug Development Cycle


A future with improved abilities and life experiences for people with neural injuries and diseases.


To develop innovative rehabilitation interventions and intelligent medical devices for improving quality of care, functional outcomes and quality of life through interdisciplinary collaborations that cover the full spectrum of research, healthcare and industry.

  • 16,000 sq. ft.  of contiguous shared space
  • > 50,000 sq. ft.  of individual lab space
  • State-of-the-art  equipment and imaging facilities
  • First and one-of-kind  prostheses in Canada
  • One of two EON virtual reality iCubes in Canada
  • Only animal-based GLP facility  in Western Canada
  • World leader  in motor control, neural interfaces, neuro-inflammation, machine learning, prosthetic interventions, innovations in remote care

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The SMART Network is a state-of-the-art center for researchers from engineering, medicine, rehabilitation, computer science, neuroscience, and social sciences who have come together to generate knowledge related to neural injuries and diseases, and to translate that knowledge into intelligent medical devices and innovative rehabilitation interventions. 

The Network was established with funds from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Economic Development and Trade Provincial Ministry, and its goal is to provide a well-equipped and comprehensive interdisciplinary, multi-sector environment to foster innovation and create solutions that would improve patient outcomes and quality of life while minimizing costs.

With the SMART Network’s strong connections with health care and the private industry, the resulting work is poised to improve the abilities and life experiences of people with disabilities as well as healthy individuals. The SMART Network is a provincial resource with high-end device prototyping equipment, high through-put biological testing and cutting edge computing. It will support the provincial efforts in creating a strong innovation-driven health economy.