Martin Ferguson-Pell, Ph.D.

Martin Ferguson-Pell, PhD has been the Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta since 2007.

After graduating with a PhD in biomedical engineering, Ferguson-Pell was appointed lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. In 1982 he relocated to New York and founded and directed the Centre for Rehabilitation Technology at Helen Hayes Hospital. He was also associate professor in clinical bioengineering in Rehabilitation at Columbia University and held an adjunct appointment in biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1995 Ferguson-Pell was offered the founding appointment to the ASPIRE Professorial Chair in Neuromuscular Restoration and Rehabilitation at University College London. During this time he was also appointed Director of Research and Development at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, a board level position.

Ferguson-Pell’s background is in biomedical engineering and he is a registered clinical scientist. He has extensive experience working in clinical-academic settings developing engineering solutions to overcome barriers experienced by people with physical disabilities. He employs traditional scientific methods, engineering design, as well as qualitative methods to provide a balanced approach to the development and translation of research that directly influences the independence of people with physical disabilities. He is an active Member of the Pressure Ulcers Group and is investigating methods of detecting the onset of pressure ulcers.