What is PURE

PURE (Prevention, cUre, REhabilitation) is Canada’s state-of-the-art facility for research in rehabilitation, functional recovery and injury prevention, especially in the field of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. PURE houses unique and highly specialized infrastructure and skills at the University of Alberta (Edmonton) and University Health Network (Toronto), and focuses on research, development and commercialization of advanced human-machine interaction (HMI) technologies for injury prevention, functional restoration, enhanced participation and independent living. HMI combines robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, wearable and implantable sensors and medical devices, biomimetic materials, virtual reality and behavioral assessment to develop next-generation products that intelligently interact with humans and enhance their functional abilities. The market for HMI products and services is forecast to be US$80 billion by 2026. PURE’s nodes at the University of Alberta’s SMART Network (Western node) and the University Health Network’s KITE (Eastern node) house more than $100 million of cutting-edge infrastructure that does not exist anywhere else in Canada, and is managed and operated by some of the most highly qualified personnel in the nation.


Our Vision

Our vision is a future with improved abilities and life experiences for people living with functional impairments.


Our Mission

Our mission is to develop innovative interventions and intelligent medical devices for improving injury prevention, quality of care, functional outcomes and quality of life through interdisciplinary collaborations that cover the full spectrum of research, healthcare and industry.


Strategic Priorities

Our strategic priorities reflect our core values and focus on achieving excellence in:

  • Research and Development in HMI
  • Translation of HMI outcomes to industry and healthcare for functional restoration and injury prevention
  • Training a cadre of highly qualified personnel who will continue to advance HMI in Canada
  • Social justice focused on principles of equity, diversity and inclusion of all human beings