Mark Redfern


School of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Redfern is the William Kepler Whiteford Professor in the Department of Bioengineering., with secondary appointments in the Departments of Physical Therapy, Otolaryngology, and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Dr. Redfern’s research interests include two broad areas: the biomechanics of human movement and occupational biomechanics. The major focus of the human movement research is in the area of postural control, locomotion, and measurement systems of movement. The application areas are the prevention of falling injuries and the factors that influence balance in older adults and patients with balance disorders. Of particular interest is the impact of aging and vestibular function on movement control. 

The occupational biomechanics research focus has been in the area of musculoskeletal injury prevention through biomechanical analysis of jobs and tasks within jobs. These include occupational fall prevention and biomechanical analyses in the workplace leading to job redesign and protective equipment design.

Dr. Redfern is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he earned his bachelor of science in engineering science and applied mechanics, and Ph.D. in bioengineering. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan Center for Ergonomics. Dr. Redfern is co-holder of one patents, “Apparatus and Method for Postural Assessment While Performing Cognitive Tasks,” and has a pending patent, “Gait Variability Measurement System.”

Dr. Redfern’s specialty certification includes American Board Certified in Prosthetics and Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics.

First Nations land acknowledegement

The UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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