The Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) program, based at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, is a novel program of collaborative research between universities, government agencies, and end users for the development of innovative technologies to prevent hip fractures and other fall-related injuries in older adults.
Using innovative technology, TIPS studies falls in two participating long-term care (LTC) facilities in the Vancouver area. The high-risk LTC environment (while traditionally understudied) provides an ideal setting for the development and testing of our interventions, many of which will also be applicable in the community, workplace, and sport environments.
Our research involves an integrated series of studies that (1) utilize new technologies (such as wearable sensors and video-based networks) to record movement patterns during real-life falls, and provide objective evidence of the cause and circumstances of these events; and (2) develop and evaluate novel interventions (such as compliant flooring and wearable hip protectors) to reduce the risk for injury in the event of a fall.
TIPS is funded as part of the AGE-WELL National Centres for Excellence (NCE) and by team grants from the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) under two programs: the Emerging Team Grants for alliances in Mobility and Aging program, and the Strategic Teams in Applied Injury Research program.
TIPS is led by Dr. Stephen Robinovitch, SFU Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK) and the School of Engineering Science, and Canada Research Chair in Injury Prevention and Mobility Biomechanics. Co-investigators are from Fraser Health Authority, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Manitoba, the University of Waterloo, the University of Ottawa, and BC Ministry of Health.