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                                                                                                      Spring 2016 | Volume 12 Number 2 

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Message from the Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly O’Brien who has been selected for this year’s Ontario Physiotherapy Association Innovation and Advancement Award and to Dr. Dina Brooks who is receiving the Faculty of Medicine Graduate Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship.  We are pleased to see the research and teaching efforts of our faculty being recognized.   
May is National Physiotherapy Month in Canada!  We are organizing several events to encourage physical health and promote research.   Please join us on May 12 for our public lecture on preventing running injuries with Professors Sue Ellison and Esther Waugh.  These avid runners and physical therapists will answer your questions about running safely.  The Department will also be holding a research forum on May 19 entitled “The Future of PT Research: Challenges, Convergences and Controversies”. 
This month’s edition of PT Link contains a myriad of opportunities for you to participate in our Department, from nominating colleagues for awards and supervising research projects to engaging in continuing education opportunities and special events.  We hope you will join us! 

Warm regards,

W. Darlene Reid, BMR (PT), PhD
Professor and Chair

Dr. Dina Brooks Receives Graduate Teaching Award

Dr. Dina Brooks will receive a 2016 Faculty of Medicine Graduate Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship at the Faculty of Medicine Education Achievement Celebration on May 11.  This award recognizes Dr. Brook's longstanding commitment to graduate education and her significants contributions. 
In his letter Dr. Allan Kaplan, Vice Dean of Graduate and Academic Affairs, wrote: 

You provide a holistic graduate student experience that is highly valued by your students.  Clearly, your students are deeply appreciative of your selfless dedication to their training.  You were described as a truly exceptional professor and outstanding supervisor.

Congratulations Dr. Brooks!

PT Link Profile: Dr. Dina Brooks

Dr. Dina Brooks is a clinician-scientist whose research crosses boundaries between the study of basic mechanistic issues in rehabilitation in respiratory disease, development of clinical trials to quantify the effect of pulmonary and cardiovascular rehabilitation, and knowledge translation through establishment of clinical practice guidelines.
In the clinical realm, the focus of Dina’s research is in the area of rehabilitation for individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or cardiovascular disease, one of the top four leading causes of death in Canada. Dina’s research program, designed to maximize the effects of rehabilitation and improve the day-to-day lives of those with the disease, is unique and wide ranging. Themes of her research are: 1) evaluating physical activity in individuals with cardiorespiratory disease; 2) examining the added value of adjunct interventions in pulmonary rehabilitation, such as resistance training of upper extremity, oxygen therapy, inspiratory muscle training, balance training; and 3) developing methods to maintain the benefits of rehabilitation over the long term.
Dina is well published with over 200 peer-reviewed articles in rehabilitation and respiratory journals, including the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Stroke, Thorax, and Chest.  Over the last 15 years, Dina has been awarded several million dollars in funding from provincial, federal and international sources (e.g. CIHR, CFI, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Lung Association).  Dina has played key roles on local, national, and international expert panels working to bring the results of research into evidence-based recommendations.  For example, Dina was a member of the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society’s joint expert panel that was charged with developing an international statement on pulmonary rehabilitation in 2013.  She was a member of the expert team that wrote the 2010 Canadian Thoracic Society Guidelines on pulmonary rehabilitation.  Her appointment to the National Advisory Board of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health reflects her scientific contributions in respiratory health research, the profession, and academics.
Dina has trained and graduated over 50 interdisciplinary health science graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  In addition, Dina has mentored numerous junior faculty members and many clinicians and students; she has been honored with a mentorship award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Dina is an active leader in advancing respiratory health in Canada.  For example, she has served as co-chair of the Canadian COPD Alliance, an Executive Committee Member of the Ontario Respiratory Care Society, and co-chair of the Canadian Respiratory Conference, the premier national educational and scientific meeting for the respiratory community in Canada.  Through these venues, Dina has sought to improve lung health by facilitating discussion, exchange of information, cooperation, and collaboration.  Her contributions to the field have been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for improving the clinical care of individuals with lung disease.
Dina has also helped advance the physical therapy profession through her extensive leadership on numerous committees with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).  Currently, she is the Scientific Editor of Physiotherapy Canada and the Chair of the Scientific Committee of WCPT.  Her contributions were acknowledged in in 2010 with a CPA Enid Graham Award, the highest honour in Canadian Physiotherapy.  In 2013, she was inducted as fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Services (CAHS).  In 2015, she was selected by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) to receive an International Service Award in the area of research.  Dina was honored by this award for international research contributions that she has made which have shaped how physical therapists manage patients with acute and chronic lung disease. 

Public Lecture


Preventing Running Injuries:
Separating Fact from Fiction

Will running give you knee arthritis?  Is barefoot running a fad?  Are compression sleeves just for show?  Is stretching a waste of time?  These and other hot topics will be addressed based on current evidence as well as key tips to help prevent injuries and keep you running healthy and strong all season.  
Please join us on:
Thursday May 12 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm 
in room 140 at 500 University Avenue

Everyone is welcome!

If you have any questions, please contact Dina Brooks at
Sue Ellison
Sue graduated from the University of Western Ontario in kinesiology and physical therapy.  In 2003, she completed a clinical masters in sports physiotherapy from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.  Sue has worked at the Sports Medicine Specialists clinic in Toronto, since 2004.  She is a lecturer in musculoskeletal physical therapy at the University of Toronto.  Running and long distance athletics has been a significant part of her life for over 20 years, both as a participant and in clinical practice.  She raced triathlons for many years which mostly included sprint and Olympic distance races, but has completed one half ironman.  Sue has participated in many running races ranging from 5-30 km and has also done many trail races such as the spartan series and the warrior dash.  She has her sights set on completing a full marathon in the near future… fingers crossed.  Sue has helped runners of all ages and abilities with running plans, injury prevention and rehabilitation. 
Esther Waugh
Esther received her physical therapy degree and PhD (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Toronto.  She is a Research Associate in the Canadian Osteoarthritis Research Program at Women’s College Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the  Department of Physical Therapy at U of T.  She has 20 years of experience in private practice treating sports and musculo-skeletal injuries and has taught for many years in U of T’s Physical Therapy (MScPT) program.  Esther's PhD thesis investigated the effects of exercise on bone health in young women with eating disorders.  Her current research interests focus on physical activity in the management of osteoarthritis. She has participated in numerous short-course triathlons, one half-ironman (one was enough!) and half-marathons.  Esther has also experienced many running injuries from not taking her own advice! She looks forward to sharing her professional and research knowledge as well as her personal experience with you.

Dr. Kelly O'Brien Wins OPA
Innovation and Advancement Award

The Ontario Physiotherapy Association Awards Committee has selected Dr. O'Brien to receive the 2016 Innovation and Advancement Award.  The Innovation and Advancement Award is bestowed upon an OPA member who is a "trailblazer" in PT and advances the science of PT through innovation by "thinking outside the box".  The award winner is chosen for conducting cutting edge of research while serving as a leader and mentor in their field.  
These endeavors are undertaken with excellence while fostering new talent.  Dr. O'Brien was nominated by 5 of her peers and is congratulated by the Department!

Dr. O'Brien will receive her award at the InterACTION Conference being held from April 8-9, 2016 in Toronto. 



 Department of Physical Therapy Research Forum

The Future of PT Research:
Challenges, Convergences and Controversies

May 19, 5-8pm
Room 140, Rehabilitation Sciences Building, 500 University Avenue
Jackie Schleifer-Taylor
Dina Brooks
Aileen Davis
Barbara Gibson
Susan Jaglal

Mini-Physio School


Be a physiotherapist for 6 weeks!

October 11 to November 15, 2016 - Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm

The Department of Physical Therapy is offering you the opportunity to learn about physiotherapy.  A 2 hour session on important topics will be held each week from October to November, 2016.  Participants will have access to taped lectures and handouts, so there is no need to worry if you miss a session!
Topics will include: 
  • The Importance of Physical Activity
  • Balance, Resistance, and Aerobic Training
  • Exercise and Disease, including:
    • Arthritis
    • Cancer
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Osteoporosis
  • Common Sports Injuries
  • Understanding Medical Studies
For more information, contact Dr. Dina Brooks at (416) 978-1739 or

Department of Physical Therapy
Recognition Awards

We are now receiving nominations for the Department of Physical Therapy Recognition Awards!  Each year, the Department of Physical Therapy acknowledges individuals who have provided great learning environments, guidance, supervision, or have been inspirational to our students with Department of Physical Therapy Recognition Awards.  Recognition award recipients can be faculty members, clinical instructors, small group facilitators, lab demonstrators, teaching assistants, or other educators.  Recipients can also be an entire site/team. The nominators can be students, clinicians or faculty.
For the first time, the Department of Physical Therapy Awards Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Department of Physical Therapy Research Day on Wednesday July 20, 2016 at the Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building (MSB), Room 2158 at the University of Toronto.  Poster viewing for Research Day will occur from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Stone Lobby of MSB.  The Awards Ceremony will occur from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Macleod Auditorium. 
If you would like to nominate an individual or site/team for an award, please complete the nomination form:
Nomination Form
The deadline for nominations is Friday May 27, 2016.   We look forward to receiving your nominations!
The Department of Physical Therapy Recognition Awards Committee

A Call for Research Projects!

Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
MScPT Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice
Deadline for Submission – Monday May 16, 2016
The Department of Physical Therapy is preparing for the 2016/2017 Research Component of the MScPT Program and invites physical therapists with a Professional or Research Masters or PhD to submit a project outline and participate as research advisors to one of 18 student groups.  Each group will be comprised of approximately 5-6 students.  Research advisors will be paired with an established researcher (PhD) from the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, referred to as the faculty advisor, who has experience with graduate student supervision.
The content of the research component of the MScPT program, entitled “Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice”, is amortized over three Units (Units 6, 10 and 12).  In Unit 6 (September 19, 2016 – October 7, 2016), the student groups will develop the research protocol and submit the protocol for Ethics approval.  The role of the research advisor is to facilitate this process with the support of the faculty advisor and a teaching assistant.  Due to the short duration of Unit 6, advisors are expected to meet weekly with students and review the final ethics protocol with a quick turnaround time of 1-2 days. To enable effective communication, we recommend a maximum of three advisors (not including the faculty advisor).  Note: We also ask that research and faculty advisors meet with student groups once in September 2016 prior to the start of Unit 6 to review study objectives and provide guidance on background literature for students to review in preparation for Unit 6.
Students will work on their projects throughout Units 8A (January 2, 2017 – March 31, 2017) and 8B (May 22, 2017 – June 9, 2017) having Mondays as protected research time.  Throughout this period, advisors maintain contact with students through email, phone and meetings as the project requires.  In Unit 10/12 (June 12, 2017 – July 21, 2017), the groups will analyse their data and complete a draft of a manuscript for publication and a poster.  Advisors facilitate data analysis and review drafts (no more than 2 drafts) of the manuscript and the poster. Faculty advisors provide guidance and support in the analysis and write-up phase.  Formal presentations and submission of the final manuscripts occur at the end of Unit 10/12. 
Potential projects for the MScPT Research Component must be relevant to physical therapy and can include:
  • Chart Reviews **requires review of a sample of 10 charts to ensure that the data you wish to collect are routinely recorded in the charts and of adequate quality for chart abstraction.
  • Surveys
  • Program Evaluation
  • Pilot Studies (Quantitative or Qualitative)
  • Qualitative Studies (example: focus groups or in-depth interviews)
  • Secondary Data Analysis
  • No Literature or Systematic Reviews
  • No mixed methods – projects requiring both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis are not feasible for the MScPT curriculum.
University of Toronto T-Space Initiative
T-Space  is University of Toronto (U of T) open access web space devoted to showcasing and preserving scholarly work accomplished at U of T.  The Department of Physical Therapy posts the scholarly products of each MScPT research project, including abstracts, conference citations and published articles, on T-Space.  This effort is to raise the profile of the research accomplishments made possible through successful collaboration among faculty, students, and the clinical community.
Online Project Submission
To submit a project:
  1. Click on the following link or paste the URL in your Internet browser:
  1. Create an account to obtain a username and password.  If you created an account last year, your same username and password will still apply.
  2. Once you logon, click “Submit a new project” and complete the online form.  We recommend that you circulate a draft of your project description in Word to your co-advisors and when ready to submit, copy and paste into the online form.  You may save your project on the online form and revise at any time using the “Save” button.  When you are ready to submit the final version, click “Submit”.
  3. Links to examples of a qualitative and quantitative project outline are included on the website to provide a guide to the level of detail to include in the outlines.
  4. We’ve included a checklist for advisors to ensure their project outline meets the requirements for the MScPT curriculum.  Click on the link in the online form to access the checklist.
We are receiving an increasing number of project outlines each year. Selection will be based on the:
  • Quality of the project description,
  • Relevance of the project to physical therapy, and
  • Feasibility of the project in relation to the timelines of the MScPT research curriculum and the research capacity of the students.
The deadline for submission of projects is Monday May 16, 2016.  Please contact Nancy Salbach at 416-946-8558 or or Kelly O’Brien at 416-978-0565 or if you have questions.

Arbor Award Nominations

Nominate a volunteer for the 2016 Arbor Awards!  The Arbor Awards recognize the outstanding loyalty, dedication, and generosity of volunteers who have improved the quality of the University of Toronto experience for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Help us to show our gratitude and support for those who have shared so much with us!
Information / Nomination


MacKay C, Sale J, Badley EM, Jaglal SB, Davis AM.  A Qualitative Study Exploring the Meaning of Knee Symptoms to Adults Age 35-65 Years. Arthritis Care and Research 2016; 68(3): 341-347.

MScPT Research Curriculum – Class of 2016
Simonik A, Vader K, Ellis D, Kesbian D, Leung P, Jachyra P, Chan Carusone S, O’Brien KK.  Are you ready?  Exploring readiness to engage in exercise among people living with HIV and multi-morbidity in Toronto, Canada: a qualitative study. BMJ Open 2016; 6:e010029.  DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010029.
Read the Article

U of T PTs in the News

Dr. Susan Jaglal is part of a research team that is designing smart sole shoes in conjunction with rehabilitation and an e-learning program to help people better recover from hip fractures.  
Read the Article

Our Olympic Connection

Preparations are underway for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio and Canada Soccer has announced the roster of women who will be carrying Canada's qualification hopes.  Nichelle Prince, the daughter of our own Robin Prince, OIEPB Program Administrator, will be on that roster.
Nichelle has been named as one of the 20 players that will head to Texas to represent Canada and hopefully earn a spot for the Canadian team at the Olympics.  

Congratulations Robin and Nichelle! 
Ashley Lawrence, Kadeisha Buchanan, and Nichelle Prince

U of T PTs Win Better Breathing Awards

At the Better Breathing Conference held in Toronto on January 29-30, Kenneth Wu and Sarah Currie won posters awards:

Currie S, Greenwood K, Weber L, Khakee H, Legasto M, Tullis E, Tsang A, Wu K, Szego E, Mathur S. Does following the Canadian Diabetes Association aerobic exercise guidelines for type 2 diabetes lead to better blood glucose control in adults with cystic fibrosis related diabetes?
- Lisa Cicutto Award (best poster by a student)
Chang K, Cotton J, Gashgarian S, Sheppard E, Slack D, Stephenson A, Fox P, Wu K, Mathur S. Validation of clinical assessment tools for leg muscle strength and power in adults with cystic fibrosis. 
- Margaret Fitch Award (best poster)

Kenneth Wu is a physiotherapist  in the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program/Respirology at St. Michael's Hospital.  Sarah Currie and Larissa Weber are members of the Class of 2014 in the Department of Physical Therapy's MScPT program.  
From the left: Kenneth Wu, Dr. Dina Brooks, Sarah Currie, Larissa Weber
PT2 Class during Frost Week sports day.

Student Council Update

The PT students have had lots on their plates to keep them busy over the past couple of months.  The first-year students recently had their very first placement of the program, an introductory 3-week placement in February that focused on documentation, communication, and basic skills. They are currently preparing for their upcoming Musculoskeletal practical skills exam.  Meanwhile, the second-year students have been hard at work in their Advanced Musculoskeletal Unit.  In addition to preparing for their upcoming practical skills exam, the second-year students are in the data collection phase of their research projects.
In February, the CPA Women’s Health Division student representatives had a successful campaign collecting products such as shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, etc. to donate to a local women’s centre as part of their Valentine’s Day Challenge.  Several PT students sang, danced, and played in the orchestra for the U of T Faculty of Medicine’s show “The Devil Wears Scrubs”, the proceeds from which benefited the Canadian Cancer Society.  Our PT student athletes have also been hard at work: we are proud to recognize that individual student athletes won 5 out of 18 "Intramural T" awards!  These awards recognize graduating students across all 3 U of T campuses for their contributions to the intramural program.  All of our athletes who were recipients were recognized by the selection committee for their leadership, athleticism, sportsmanship, participation, and dedication to the intramural program.
Coming up, the students have a Soft Tissue Release course planned for their own professional development to complement the skills that they learn in the class and lab.  Many students are also preparing to attend the OPA conference InterACTION in April.  The University of Toronto was 1 of 3 winning schools in Ontario of the “Win for your school” contest, being the first school to have at least 10 students registered for the conference, winning $300 towards the school’s year-end social event!
Lastly, Grad Formal planning is underway for the Class of 2016.  The Student Council Social Director and the Grad Formal committee have been working hard to plan the event for students and Faculty.  The Formal will take place at the Eglinton Grand on July 21, 2016.
Kind Regards,

Mujeeb Duranai
PT Student Council President 2015-2016

Alumna Shelley Gautier
Inducted into
Sports Hall of Honour

Shelly Gautier, Physical Therapy Alumna, Paralympian Cyclist, and Female Athlete of the Year with a disability was inducted into the Toronto Sport Hall of Honour on February 25, 2016.  This marked the official opening of the City's new Toronto Sport Hall of Honour at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Previous inductees include Johnny Bower and Marilyn Bell. 

OIEPB Program Updates


NMSK PT: Focus on Spine – PT Refresher Course

Are you preparing to move into musculoskeletal PT practice?  Been shifted into an MSK unit at your hospital?  Hoping to help your patients/clients better when they “also” have low back or neck pain?

NMSK PT: Focus on the Spine will provide a comprehensive, accessible refresher for those physical therapists interested in entering or returning to the neuromusculoskeletal (NMSK) practice setting, focusing on pathologies of the spine.  This course is part of the PT Refresher series of courses offered by the Department of Physical Therapy and the OIEPB Program.
This course uses a hybrid format of online and on-site learning.  The first 4 weeks (April 13 – May 13, 2016) consists of online learning with resources followed by a weekend workshop (Friday evening May 13 – Sunday morning May 15, 2016) to gain hands-on practical experience.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be more confident in their practical skills and clinical decision-making, be more competitive applicants for employment in NMSK physical therapy practice, and stronger contributors to the workplace.
The course is in a series with NMSK PT: Focus on Peripheral Joints, but can be taken independently.
Application deadline: March 28, 2016. Early Bird deadline: March 7, 2016
Visit our website for more details or contact Robin Prince, Course Administrator at or 416-946-3414.

Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Exam Skills Preparation Workshop

Preparing for the next written component of the PCE?  Unsure about MCQ exams?  Then register for the upcoming MCQ Workshop and have the opportunity to practice computer-based MCQs relevant to current physical therapy practice.  Develop strategies for successful studying.  This workshop is designed to assist participants in preparing for and completing a competency-based multiple choice examination.  Practice tests during the workshop will be conducted on a computer-based platform.  The next full day workshop designed to help you study for and be more confident in the multiple choice exam will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

Visit our website for more details and the online application form.

Physical Therapy and the
Canadian Health Care System

This 6 week online course fills the Alliance gap of Context of Physiotherapy Practice in Canada.

Internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) will gain an understanding of the Canadian health care system, culture and context for practice.  A diverse range of topics are covered including cultural competence, the role of the federal and provincial governments, acts and regulations guiding PT practice and client-centered care in a variety of PT roles and settings.

Upcoming Session Dates:
Spring Session: April 7, 2016 – May 19, 2016
Fall Session: September 22, 2016 – Nov 3, 2016 

Visit our website for more course details.  Register now to confirm a spot in the session of your choice.

Continuing Education and Professional Development Courses

Presented by the
University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy

Functional Electrical Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation
for Physical and Occupational Therapists

Saturday April 30, 2016, Toronto, Ontario
This one day course will provide a clinically focussed and hands-on approach to functional electrical stimulation for physical therapists and occupational therapists.

Location: University of Toronto, Rehab Science Bldg., 500 University Ave
Early Bird Fee: $195 (completed online on or before Wednesday, March 30, 2016)
Regular Fee: $220 (completed online after Wednesday, March 30, 2016)
Registration will be limited due to the practical and hands-on nature of the course
Registration and Information


MScPT Advanced Standing Option
for Physical Therapists

September, 2016 to July, 2017
The Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Advanced Standing Option is a one year program that allows eligible physical therapists with a Bachelor degree in physiotherapy (or equivalent degree) from a Canadian or international university to acquire the Master's degree in an online environment with one on-campus residency.  There is a strong focus on research and best practices integrated throughout the program.
  • Physical Therapists must have completed an appropriate physiotherapy bachelor degree program as assessed by the University of Toronto from a Canadian or international university with a minimum mid B average in the final year
  • Physical Therapists must be currently registered to practice with their provincial regulating body and have successfully completed the national Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Examination 
PHT1006Y*   Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice I
                       September 19 to October 7, 2016*
PHT1010Y    Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice II
PHT1012Y    Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice III
                      January to July 22, 2017 (online)
Elective: Fall or winter semester course, Total Credits: 3.0
Registration closes March 31, 2016.
Learn More

Collaborative Program in

Musculoskeletal Sciences Seminar

Karen D. Davis, PhD, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Insights into predicting pain treatment outcome based on dynamic pain connectome and brain imaging-based pronociceptive and antinoceptive profiles.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fitzgerald Building, 150 College Street, Room 139
Next Event: April 26, 2016 – Cheryle A Séguin, Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Toronto

2016 Alzheimer Symposium 
The Human Face of Dementia Care:
Exploring Today’s Possibilities

April 15, 2016
Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto

This one-day forum is a must-attend event for clinicians, clinical leaders, and students working with persons with dementia as it will explore the latest evidence and cutting-edge practices in the care of persons with dementia.  
Phone: 416-597-3422 ext. 3448
Conference Website

GTA Rehab Network Best Practices Day:
Innovations Influencing Rehabilitative Care

May 2, 2016
Chestnut Conference Centre, Downtown Toronto

Explore this year's theme with our keynote speakers:
  • Shirlee Sharkey, President & CEO, Saint Elizabeth
  • Peter Ashby, Phsyiotherapist and Stroke Survivor
  • Dr. Geoff Fernie, Institute Director, Research, Toronto Rehab/UHN
Learn about the latest organizational initiatives, research and practice as presented in concurrent sessions, Rapid Podium presentations and poster presentations.

Share your ideas and discusss common challenges and issues in rehabilitation with clinicians, researchers and administrators from across the province.

Take advantage of early bird and group rates until April 1st!
Conference & Registration Information

Registration for the 3rd International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research is now open!

Registration is now open for the 3rd International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research – HIV and Aging to be held in Winnipeg, Canada on Thursday May 12th, 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre from 8:00am-4:00pm.

The Forum will include a series of dynamic and interactive research evidence panel sessions focused on HIV, aging and multi-morbidity, rehabilitation interventions and models of service delivery.  The Forum will include people living with HIV, researchers, clinicians, and representatives from community organizations from Canada, United Kingdom, and United States who will speak about a) the new and emerging role for rehabilitation in the context of HIV, aging and comorbidities, b) profile innovative models of rehabilitation service delivery, c) highlight concrete strategies for enhancing access to rehabilitation for people aging with HIV, and d) identify new and emerging research priorities in the field.                                        
Forum Information
The Forum is open to all conference attendees. There is no cost for registration however registration is limited.  Join us on Twitter @CUHRRC for updates!
For more information, please contact Ayesha Nayar (CUHRRC Coordinator) at
The 3rd International Forum on HIV and Rehabilitation Research is funded by a Meeting, Planning and Dissemination Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Aging Institute.  We also acknowledge support from Three Flying Piglets (filming) and the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto. 

CUHRRC gratefully acknowledges the financial support by the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR).
2016 Toronto ABI Network Conference
Date: November 10 & 11, 2016
Location: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
Phone: 416-597-3422 ext. 3448
Registration will open in June. 

The Call for Abstracts is now open.

Event Website:
Call for Abstracts:

The 5th Health and Wellbeing in
Children, Youth, and Adults with
Developmental Disabilities Conference

November 16-18, 2016
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns.  This interactive 2016 conference will focus on practical strategies to optimize their potential.  Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with individuals with DD, their families, and to improve their quality of life experience.
The conference will also provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field.  The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.

Email to get on an enquiry list for updates.

Call for abstracts open until March 31, 2016:
Call for Abstracts
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