TIPS - Who We Are

Stephen Robinovitch
Principal Investigator
778-782-3566
stever@sfu.ca
Simon Fraser University, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and School of Engineering Science

 
 

Stephen Robinovitch
Principal Investigator
778-782-3566
stever@sfu.ca
Simon Fraser University, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and School of Engineering Science

 
 

Stephen Robinovitch
Principal Investigator
778-782-3566
stever@sfu.ca
Simon Fraser University, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and School of Engineering Science

 
 

Stephen Robinovitch
Principal Investigator
778-782-3566
stever@sfu.ca
Simon Fraser University, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and School of Engineering Science

 
 

Stephen Robinovitch
Principal Investigator
778-782-3566
stever@sfu.ca
Simon Fraser University, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and School of Engineering Science

 
 

Stephen Robinovitch
Principal Investigator
778-782-3566
stever@sfu.ca
Simon Fraser University, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and School of Engineering Science

Research Interests and Expertise: Biomedical engineering, injury biomechanics, falls, gait and balance, hip fracture

Fabio Feldman
Co-Investigator
Fraser Health
fabio.feldman@fraserhealth.ca

Research Interests and Expertise: Fall prevention, injury prevention, biomechanics, health service delivery

Andrew Laing
Co-Investigator
University of Waterloo, Department of Kinesiology
actlaing@uwaterloo.ca

Research Interests and Expertise: Orthopaedics, falls, hip fracture, hip protectors, compliant flooring, biomechanics

Kathryn Sibley
Co-Investigator
University of Manitoba
kathryn.sibley@umanitoba.ca

Research Interests and Expertise: Knowledge translation science in health research, fall prevention in older adults

Peter Cripton
Co-Investigator
Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, University of British Columbia
cripton@mech.ubc.ca

Research Interests and Expertise: Injury prevention, spine biomechanics, hip biomechanics, impact biomechanics, spinal cord injury and spinal implant biomechanics

Pierre Guy
Co-Investigator
Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, University of British Columbia
pierre.guy@ubc.ca

Research Interests and Expertise: Hip fracture prevention, treatment and long term function, evaluation of the mechanism of hip fractures, novel techniques for imaging of the proximal femur

Dawn Mackey
Co-Investigator
Simon Fraser University, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology University of British Columbia, Center for Hip Health and Mobility
dmackey@sfu.ca

Research Interests and Expertise: Epidemiology, clinical trials, aging, falls, fall-related injuries, mobility, disability, physical activity

Summary: Dr. Dawn Mackey is an epidemiologist investigating novel approaches to enhance mobility among older adults. Her research group tests new ways to promote physical activity, prevent debilitating fall-related injuries, and reduce fatigue during daily activities. Her studies involve community-dwelling older adults and residents of long-term care. Dawn has been recognized as an emerging scholar in aging by a 2011 CIHR Age+ Prize and a 2014 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Awardteoporotic fractures, mobility, disability, physical activity.

Yijian Yang
Co-Investigator
Chinese University of Hong Kong
yyang@cuhk.edu.hk

Research Interests and Expertise: Understanding mobility patterns and falls in older adults in long-term care; Promotion of physical activity and safe mobility

Blaine Hoshizaki
Co-Investigator
University of Ottawa
thoshisa@uottawa.ca

Research Interests and Expertise: Head injuries in sport, brain tissue trauma, computational modelling

Joanie Sims-Gould
Co-Investigator
Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, University of British Columbia
joanie.sims-gould@hiphealth.ca

Research Interests and Expertise: Knowledge translation, home care, family care-giving, age-friendly communities, aging

Helen Chong
Research Manager and Lab Technician
helen_chong@sfu.ca

In her role as research manager and lab technician, Helen helps students design and implement new research projects as well as maintains the equipment and systems in the IPML. She has a BSc specializing in human kinetics from the University of Ottawa, and an MSc in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo.

Research Interests: Biomechanics, Gait and Posture Analysis, Occupational Injuries, Osteoporosis, and Head Injury Prevention

Vicki Komisar
Postdoctoral Fellow
vkomisar@sfu.ca

University: Simon Fraser University
Research Project: Preventing fall-related head injuries, especially in older adults. Falls can result in serious injury, accounting for an estimated 65% of traumatic brain injuries in seniors. Vicki's postdoctoral work will focus on developing wearable technologies to prevent these injuries. Her PhD focused on how the design of handrails affected balance recovery reactions in younger and older adults.
Research Interests: Injury Prevention, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Neuroscience, Engineering Design, Education

Alexandra Korall
Postdoctoral Fellow
alexandra.korall@umanitoba.ca

University: University of Manitoba 
Research Project: Barriers and facilitators for acceptance and adherence of hip protectors in residential care; Determinants of caregiver commitment to use hip protectors in residential care.
Research Interests: Technology and aging; health care delivery; fall-related injury prevention; ergonomics and human factors; knowledge translation.

Natalie Shishov
PhD Student 
Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
nshishov@sfu.ca

University: Simon Fraser University
Research Project:  Exploring safe landing strategies, with a focus on strategies used to control and stabilize the head during falls. My project will include laboratory falling experiments with young adults, together with analysis of real life video footages of falls in older adults collected by the Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) program – to examine the neuromuscular mechanisms implemented by young adults to avoid head impact, and to examine the effect of different sensory modalities, and age on head impact avoidance during falls.    

Research Interests: Injury prevention in older adults, Biomechanics and Control of head movement, Balance control, Ageing, Motor learning, Human movement, Knowledge translation

Olivia Aguiar
PhD Student
Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
oaguiar@sfu.ca

Research Project: Quantifying head impact biomechanics of ice hockey players on- and off- ice to facilitate the design and development of equipment and preventive strategies, with the aim of reducing head impact severity.
Research Interests: Biomechanics, Head Injury Prevention, Protective Gear, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Knowledge Translation

Karam Elabd
Master’s Student,
School of Engineering Science
kelabd@sfu.ca

University: Simon Fraser University
Research Project:  Karam’s project will focus on the design, development and application of an articulated falling dummy that is controlled to mimic the falling behaviour of humans, allowing for the measurement of internal and external contact forces to the body. He will also develop a series of postural stability experiments, utilizing the IPML’s perturbation platform, in order to examine how humans learn and adapt to known perturbations and to understand how this learning transfers to unexpected perturbations.
Research Interests: Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics, Dynamics, Control, Robotics, Human Balance and Mobility, Computer Modelling and Simulation, Sensors and Actuators