Held annually on April 26th, World IP Day is a celebration of innovation and creativity. This year’s theme was Reach for Gold: IP and Sports; the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation joined forces with the Faculty of Health Sciences, and its School of Human Kinetics to host a panel discussion, which included Dr. Hoshizaki, Director of the Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory.
Dr. Blaine Hoshizaki and his research team have a clear mandate: to undertake research that contributes in a meaningful way to decreasing all types of head injury in sport. Combining research expertise in kinematics, kinetics, and computational modelling, they generate the data necessary to guide innovation in brain protection, with a vision that head injuries will become a rare and inconsequential part of athletic and leisure activities.
The Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory brims with trainees intensely watching sports events to identify head impacts, surrounded by heavy specialised machinery capable of precisely recreating such trauma. Applied to validated computational models of head injury, the research allows for the development of evidence-based solutions that have meaningful applications for helmet safety. Indeed, Blaine and his team have collaborated successfully with sport equipment giants, standards associations, and professional leagues to engineer technologies used in football, hockey, cycling, and alpine skiing head protection. The laboratory’s innovations led to the creation of a spin-off company, Fluid, which has provided the trainees with a tremendous opportunity to participate in and benefit from commercialization activities, including intellectual property (IP) protection.
Speaking on a recent panel discussing IP and Sports, Blaine predicted an important role for Universities in supporting the era of artificial intelligence and data analytics, through expertise and the capacity to generate the quality of data necessary to support these initiatives. For his success in translating research findings into real-life innovation, Blaine was invited as a panellist in a World IP Day event, held at the University of Ottawa. To hear the full panel discussion, we invite you to listen to the recording: World IP Day at uOttawa, courtesy of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.