Welcome to the website of the Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) program.

TIPS is a unique university-community partnership for developing new technologies to prevent falls and fall-related injuries in older adults. We are funded by the AGE-WELL National Centre for Excellence (NCE), and by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) through the Emerging Teams in Mobility in Aging and Strategic Teams in Applied Injury Research programs.

Everyone experiences a fall now and then. While most falls do not cause serious injury, occasionally we are reminded of how even a simple fall from standing can be catastrophic. Indeed, falls from standing height are the most common cause of injury-related hospitalizations across the lifespan. 

Falls are especially devastating among older adults, as the cause of over 90% of hip fractures and wrist fractures, and 60% of head injuries in this population. Approximately 20% of hip fracture patients die within a year, and 50% will not return to their pre-fracture level of mobility and independence.

TIPS uses innovative approaches (such as video capture and wearable sensors) to determine the causes and circumstances of falls of older adults. We also develop and test the effectiveness of engineering interventions such as protective clothing and compliant flooring in reducing fall-related injuries.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about this innovative program.

The above video is based on a 2009 Discovery Channel episode highlighting TIPS research on fall injury prevention.


Lab contact information: 

Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory 
Room K8508 
Simon Fraser University 
8888 University Drive 
Burnaby, BC, Canada 
V5A 1S6 
Telephone: 778.782.6679 
Fax: 778.782.3040

Recent News

IPML hockey concussion research in the news! On April 2nd 2017, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) ran a web story focusing on IPML research showing that head impact severity during shoulder-to-head impacts in ice hockey, and the related risk for concussion,  is decreased by adding an external layer of soft padding to shoulder pads. The article can be viewed here.

IPML researchers at BPK Research Day. On March 31st 2017, IPML undergraduate researchers (Kai-Jing Leong, Chantel Galang, Tim Lui, Olivia Aguiar, Amerdeep Sidhu) presented posters describing their projects at the SFU annual BPK Research Day. Their posters can be found here.

On March 30th 2017, TIPS researchers joined fellow Age-Well members at the Age-Well Roadshow, an afternoon of sessions discussing how the Age-Well NCE Network is addressing key challenges faced by seniors through innovative technology.

IPML at BCTech. On March 14-15, 2017, IPML researchers (Brigitte Potvin and Andreas Ejupi) attended the BCTech Summit in Vancouver to showcase their work on the mechanisms and prevention of concussions in ice hockey, including demonstrations of our “Dwayne” body-checking dummy and wearable sensors for head impact detection. The Summit attracted over 5000 people in various fields of technology and research throughout BC. More details can be found here and here.

Congratulations to Alexandra Korall who successfully defended her doctoral thesis on January 30th 2017!

On September 30, 2016, the Flooring for Injury Prevention (FLIP) Research Team (led by Prof. Dawn Mackey and PhD candidate Chantelle Lachance) hosted a 1-day Stakeholder Symposium at Fraser Health Authority headquarters (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada). Experts in health management and interior design from government agencies and academia (including IPML members Stephen Robinovitch, Ming Leung, Alex Korall, and Bobbi Symes) reviewed and discussed current evidence on compliant flooring for fall injury prevention, and directions for future research and knowledge dissemination.

On Oct 18-20, 2016, TIPS researchers Stephen Robinovitch, Fabio Feldman, Yijian Yang, Andreas Ejupi, Chantelle Lachance and Kim van Schooten presented their research at the annual conference of the AGE-WELL NCE network. Their presentations focused on video analysis of the circumstances of falls in older adults, compliant flooring and stick-on hip protectors to prevent fall-related injuries, and wearable sensors to assess mobility and fall risk in older adults.