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Brain Computer Interface Program

The Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Program is a clinical and research program focusing on exploring BCI technology solutions to help patients achieve functional goals, increase their independence, or improve their quality of life.

BCI (Brain Computer Interface) is an emerging and promising access technology for patients with complex physical needs. A non-invasive headset worn by the patient analyzes and interprets brain signals to control applications (toys, robots, video games, environmental controls) directly without needing reliable or functional physical movements, such as when using access methods like switches or eye gaze.

Individuals aged 5 years and older with severe limitations in motor function (equivalent to Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) and Manual Ability Classification System (MACS) levels 4 or 5) are the ideal patients, including those with cerebral palsy (CP), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), brain injury, spinal cord injury (SCI), stroke, etc. Individuals who have had challenges (or anticipated challenges) with access methods for Assistive Technology (AT), or who are interested in adding an access method, are great candidates. Ideally, patients should be able to follow some verbal instructions and attend to simple tasks, and have functional vision and hearing, in order to learn how to use the technology.

Clinical services include assessment, consultation, training, and follow-up. If appropriate, patients may be invited to participate in patient-oriented research.

Contact Details

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

Location Info
Room 14, Level 0 GlenEast
10230 111 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5G 0B7

Designated surface and underground parking stalls. Ramps and wheelchair accessible washrooms.

Getting There
  • Disabled and public parking are available on designated surface lots and in the underground parkade.
  • Public transportation available with bus stops along 111 Avenue in front of the Main Entrance of the GRH.
  • Pay-by-Plate parking is available.

Parking map

Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

Service Providers May Include
biomedical engineers, occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTS), physicians

Must be 5 years or older with severe limitations in motor functions (equivalent to MACS level 4/5 or GMFCS level 4/5), with functional vision and hearing. Patients and caregivers must be interested in trying BCI technology. Patients must be existing GRH patients.

Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Referrals are only being accepted for existing Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital patients at this time. Referrals may be submitted by GRH physicians or allied health practitioners.



University of Alberta (research affiliates)

Also Known As
BCI Program, I CAN BCI