Chris McGibbon

Biography | Biographie

Dr. McGibbon received his PhD from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 1994. He was Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery in Boston from 1994-1996, then Technical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Biomotion Laboratory and Faculty member in the Dept. of Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, from 1996-2004. Dr. McGibbon returned to UNB Fredericton with his family in 2004.

Dr. McGibbon is currently Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, at UNB. His expertise covers the broad spectrum of human movement sciences, primarily focused on mobility and balance disorders in seniors and people with neurological and orthopedic disorders, and the study of advanced rehabilitation technologies. A recent focus is on prevention of mobility decline in seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

Dr. McGibbon has more than 80 publications in peer reviewed journals and has brought more than $8M in funding to UNB since starting his appointment in 2004. Most recently he was Principal Investigator (PI) on a CFI Infrastructure award to establish the new Centre for Adaptive Rehabilitation Engineering at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and PI on a Healthy Seniors’ Pilot Project grant through the government of New Brunswick and Public Health Agency of Canada.

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New Brunswick Brain Health Initiative: Preventing Alzheimer’s by Lessening Modifiable Risks (NB-PALM)

This project has three objectives:

  1. Engage community-dwelling older adults and stakeholders to identify barriers and enablers to participation in brain health programs.
  2. Evaluate methods and feasibility for recruiting and retaining community-dwelling older adults at risk of developing dementia, some of whom will participate in intervention studies that target cognitive, physical, lifestyle, and educational interventions.
  3. Generate and validate a community health indicator score to identify high-risk communities in New Brunswick which can be used for future strategies for brain health programs to prevent dementia.

This bilingual project is being delivered virtually in the participants’ homes with an extensive bilingual research team involving three Universities, and both Regional Health Authorities. This allows for province wide distribution and scaling up. Not only will the project allow the team to assess the feasibility and fine-tuning of the interventions but it will also be opportunity to demonstrate to decision-makers that the concept works and that it makes sense to support it financially going forward with potentially a province wide program. Some of the objectives are being conducted in collaboration with the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and CAN-THUMBS UP (CTU) groups that is national and part of the international Worldwide Fingers Network.

Initiative Santé Cognitive au Nouveau-Brunswick : Prévenir la maladie d’Alzheimer en Vivant Autrement (NB-PAVA)

Ce projet a trois objectifs :

  1. Mobiliser les personnes âgées vivant dans la communauté et les intervenant(e)s afin de déterminer les obstacles et les facteurs favorisant la participation à des programmes de santé cognitive.
  2. Évaluer les méthodes et la faisabilité du recrutement et de la rétention des personnes âgées à risque, vivant dans la communauté, dont certaines participeront à des études d’intervention ciblant des interventions cognitives, d’activité physique, de mode de vie et éducatives.
  3. Générer et valider un score d’indicateurs de santé communautaire permettant d’identifier les communautés à haut risque au Nouveau-Brunswick qui pourra être utilisé pour des stratégies futures de programmes de santé cognitive visant à prévenir la démence.

Ce projet bilingue est réalisé en mode virtuel au domicile des participantes et participants par une vaste équipe de recherche bilingue, composée de trois Universités et des deux Régies régionales de la santé. Cela permet une large couverture et d’étendre l’initiative à l’échelle de la province. Le projet permettra à l’équipe non seulement d’évaluer la faisabilité et la mise au point des interventions proposées, mais il permettra également de démontrer aux décideuses et décideurs que le concept NB-PAVA fonctionne et qu’il est judicieux de le soutenir financièrement en allant de l’avant avec un programme potentiel à l’échelle de la province. Certains des objectifs sont menés en collaboration avec le Consortium canadien en neurodégénérescence associée au vieillissement (CCNV) et les groupes de l’étude CAN-THUMBS UP (CTU), lesquels font partie du réseau international Worldwide Fingers Network.