“There aren’t that many people studying fat-derived stem cells and these scaffolds that we’ve developed are something completely new.”

– Dr. Lauren Flynn, on her soft-tissue replacement discovery

Unlocking the ‘black box’ of brain injury

KINARM™ robotic assessment system

If you are a Canadian Olympic or varsity athlete, you may have been tested for concussion via the KINARM™, the patented robotic system developed at Queen’s for assessing brain injury. The only system of its kind in the world, the KINARM™ is being adopted by scientific researchers worldwide for its ability to measure, with unprecedented sensitivity and precision, the effects of brain injury on an individual’s ability to perform ordinary movements and tasks.

Combining robotics, virtual reality and software to objectively assess the effects of brain injury, the KINARM has been used by a team of Calgary-based sports researchers to assess the baseline brain function of more than 300 Olympic and varsity athletes.  Follow-up assessments are then done on athletes who subsequently suffer a sport concussion injury. 

The technology, brought to market by PARTEQ spinoff BKIN Technologies Ltd., has been used extensively in research into the effects of stroke. To date the company has installed 35 KINARMs at universities and research institutes around the world.