Who We Are

Investigators   |   Staff   |   Trainees   

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

Investigators   |  Staff   |   Trainees  

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

Daxton Chan
Research Assistant
daxton_chan@sfu.ca

As a Research Assistant, Daxton is responsible for the collection of fall injury video footage that occurs within long-term care homes. Daxton then analyses the collected injury footage in tandem with other IPML staff and volunteers so as to procure data necessary for scientific research on the bio-mechanics of falls.

Research Interests: Fall-related Injury Mitigation and Prevention in Geriatric Populations, Human Biomechanics

Investigators   |  Staff   |   Trainees  

Vicki Komisar
Postdoctoral Fellow
Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
vkomisar@sfu.ca

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

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

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
Master's 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

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

Hanna Oh
Master's student
Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
hanna_oh@sfu.ca

Research Project:Falls are the number one cause of injuries in adults over age 65, including 80% of cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in this population. Hanna's master's project is to identify protective head gear that older adults would consider wearing and to understand the impressions on the barriers and facilitators to use. Simultaneously, she will use advanced biomechanics testing to evaluate the protective value and design of new products that address user preferences. 

Research Interests: Biomechanics; Head injury prevention; Protective gear; Traumatic Brain Injuries; Knowledge translation; Design; Education

Omid Vakili
Master's student
Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
omid_vakili@sfu.ca

Research Project:Investigating the effects of neck stiffness on head kinematics, and the protective value of helmets during common hockey impact scenarios.  

Research Interests: Biomechanics, Protective Gear, Head Injury Prevention, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Mathematical Modelling, Motion Capture and Sensors