BCI 4 Kids Calgary

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What We Do

At BCI4Kids Calgary, we strive to provide children with severe neurological disability access to cutting-edge brain-computer interface (BCI) technology to help them achieve greater independence and quality of life. Our vision is to build and grow a child- and family-centered program to bring BCI technology out of the research laboratory and into the lives of people and children that could benefit from it the most. With the help of our program participants, we are driving forward pediatric brain-computer interface research and development that has the potential to help generations of pediatric BCI users for years to come. 

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Why We Do It

We believe that all children, regardless of their physical ability, have the right to access play and independently explore their environment BCI is an emerging field of technology that holds substantial promise for breaking down the barriers children with severe physical disabilities face to access and independence. Despite the promise of BCI technology, most BCI development is being conducted in the secluded laboratories of universities and R&D departments of tech companies. Our mission is to narrow this gap between development and the end user, by connecting affected children with BCI technology and involving them directly in the research process.

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Who We Are

We are a team of clinicians, neuroscientists and engineers who believe in the power of technology to change and improve lives, especially the lives of kids with neurological disabilities. We are constantly being inspired by and learning from the children and families we work with, and are driven by a vision of a research and development process that is informed as much by the children who will be using the technology as it is by the scientists developing it.

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Where We Are

Our team is a part of the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine and our program is operated out of the Alberta Children's Hospital here in Calgary, Alberta. We are a part of the broader Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program, and are proud to be affiliated with leading organizations such as the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and University of Calgary Biomedical Engineering. We are also a founding member of the BCI-CAN network


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For Families

If you are a family currently involved with our BCI Program, or if you would like to learn more about the program, visit our BCI Program page. 

 

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For Researchers

If you are a researcher or prospective student looking to learn more about our research projects and goals, visit our Research page. 

 

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For Donors

If you are interested in supporting our BCI Program, learn more about how you can help and get involved on our Support Us page. 

 


BCI 4 Kids News

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June 7, 2021

Article: "Brain-Computer Interfaces Already Making a Positive Impact for Kids"

BCI4Kids was featured in an article written for 6G world, an online tech news site. Read the full article here:

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Mar 24, 2021

BCI4Kids Program featured by Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation has featured John, one of our BCI superheros, and the BCI4Kids program in their latest newsletter. Read the full article, "Brainwave Breakthrough", here:

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A boy using BCI to drive a toy car

Jan 13, 2021

Want to participate in BCI research??

We are currently recruiting typically developing kids aged 6-18 for a BCI study! If you have kids (or know anyone with kids) who would like to try out BCI and help us advance pediatric BCI research, contact us at kirtonlabcalgary@gmail.com to learn more! Participants would have to attend two sessions at the Alberta Children's Hospital. 

*Note that extra sanitation measures are in place and participants will be required to wear a mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.*

A boy using BCI to paint

Nov 24, 2020

Introducing John, the budding BCI artist...

John, one of our BCI program participants and co-scientists, has taken social media by storm with his beautiful artwork, painted using his brain through BCI. Check out his stunning instagram feed below! 

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A boy in the ICU using BCI, with a researcher helping

Nov 18, 2020

Research-intensive care saved Daniel’s life

Child Health and Wellness Strategy to transform prevention and care for children and families

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Contact Us

 

Reach out to us for more information on the BCI4Kids Program or our research: 

Email: kirtonlabcalgary@gmail.com

Twitter: @BCI4kids

Address: Alberta Children's Hospital

28 Oki Dr NW

Calgary AB, Canada

 

We are a part of the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program:

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