ERMSBE Research Project and Conference
Ethics, Research Methods, and Standards for Biomedical Engineers (ERMSBE) Project was designed to teach biomedical engineers, the way research is performed at a graduate level where the students become researchers and work in groups in an attempt to prove a hypothesis. They are required to initially write a proposal explaining their research topic and the purpose of the research along with submitting a Research Ethics Board (REB) application that states the details of the research and the hazards in it for the participants. After the approval of these documents from the Research Ethics Board, the researchers are required to perform the research and present the results through a powerpoint presentation to the faculty and other researchers at the ERMSBE conference. To explain the research and the results in detail, they are also required to write a graduate level research paper.
I worked in a group of seven people, where we were assigned to research on Two-point Touch Discrimination (TPD) by our professor. TPD is a technique of sensing two points simultaneously touched on skin as one. We were required to find the minimum threshold distance, where the participant confirmed two points as one. The research was performed on the digits of all five fingers of the participant’s dominant hand. Exactly 20 males and 20 females between the age group of 20-23 were chosen. It was proposed that this type of research would be useful in the making of artificial bionic arms. The results were then analyzed statistically and were presented at the conference and in the research paper.
- SYSC 4201 – Ethics Research Methods Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Adrian Chan, Professor at Systems and Computer Department, Carleton University
- April 18, 2015