Bell University Laboratories to support telerobotic surgery and telemedicine research

Hamilton 08 December 2004McMaster University has signed a partnership with Bell Canada to undertake research in areas such as telerobotic surgery and telemedicine. Bell University Laboratories will contribute $450,000 over three years to McMaster University to support the creation of an integrated systems laboratory, part of the proposed McMaster School of BioMedical Engineering.


"Bell's networking expertise, its interest in telerobotic surgery and its ongoing investment in emerging technologies make it an outstanding partner in biomedical engineering applications at McMaster University", stated Peter George, President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University.

Bell University Laboratories is ideally positioned to work with McMaster University researchers and engineers. Today's announcement builds on the relationship established with the University in 2001. Bell University Laboratories is an innovative private-public partnership between Bell Canada and universities across the country. Communications industry professionals and university researchers collaborate on research projects, a model which facilitates innovation. Bell University Laboratories thus contributes to the development of communications technologies in Canada and allows for the development of new perspectives and discoveries.

"Bell is at the forefront of innovation and is well positioned to support important biomedical engineering advancements in telerobotics, tele-informatics, communications networks, telepathology and other complex IP-based technologies", stated Brian O'Shaughnessy, Vice President, Bell Canada. "Technology will continue to transform the way we live, share information and treat patients."

Today's announcement with Bell University Laboratories represents the second major investment in two months received by McMaster University for its new School of BioMedical Engineering. MDA, the company that developed the famous Canadarm used in space by NASA, provided $450.000 for a medical robotics laboratory.

"Our Engineering faculty welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Bell Canada through Bell University Laboratories", stated Mo Elbestawi, Dean of Engineering. "Bell is a leader. Their highly sophisticated technology has paved the way for a revolutionary new generation of networks with significant potential application in the field of biomedical engineering."

The mandate of the proposed school in biomedical engineering is to create interdisciplinary research and educational programmes of internationally recognized excellence. The school's objective is to create a unique collaborative environment that leverages existing expertise in medical sciences and engineering. It will link current and emerging areas of molecular, medical and engineering research. McMaster is home to acknowledged world leading faculties in Engineering and Medicine.

"Today's announcement is another step toward finding solutions that will improve health care delivery", stated John Kelton, Dean and Vice President of the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. "Research in this area is leading to improved access to top expertise, especially in remote areas, and is improving efficiencies in health care services."

McMaster University, named Canada's Research University of the Year by Research InfoSource, has world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. McMaster's culture of innovation fosters a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University has a student population of more than 20.000 and more than 112.000 alumni in 128 countries.

Bell Canada provides connectivity to residential and business customers through wired and wireless voice and data communications, local and long distance phone services, high speed and wireless Internet access, IP-broadband services, e-business solutions and satellite television services. Bell Canada is wholly owned by BCE Inc.

Leslie Versweyveld

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