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BRI Quarterly

April 2018

BRI Quarterly, the forefront of childhood disability research, is the online publication of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital's research institute (the Bloorview Research Institute (BRI)).

Holland Bloorview’s research, teaching, technology development and innovation will be driven by a no boundaries philosophy, which encompasses the following key impact areas: Discover for action, personalize pathways, connect the system, and co-create with children, youth, families and alumni. Ultimately, the goal is to enable better access to the most advanced and proven care, ideas and treatment.

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Top Stories

Holland Bloorview launches 2nd annual fundraising campaign Capes for Kids
March 5, 2018

Holland Bloorview today launched the second annual fundraising campaign Capes for Kids to support kids with disabilities and their families. The campaign runs from March 5-11, 2018. This year's fundraising goal is $525,000. Read more.

The critical need for better diversity in STEM: Holland Bloorview’s spotlight on the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 11, 2018

For the second year, Holland Bloorview celebrates the United Nations (UN) International Day of Women and Girls in Science to drive forward systemic change that will help make STEM a place where everyone can have an impact. Exceptional women across Holland Bloorview were asked to share a message to help foster a culture that supports the continued contributions of women and girls in STEM. Read the messages here!

Holland Bloorview senior scientist receives Order of Ontario
January 29, 2018

Dr. Tom Chau, vice president of research and senior scientist at Holland Bloorview, has been awarded with the highest honour in the province, the Order of Ontario. The Order of Ontario recognizes esteemed individuals whose excellence contributes to the province and leaves a legacy. Read more.

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New Publications!

The latest publications on childhood disability research from Holland Bloorview's research institute

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Media Highlights

(March 8, 2018) Dr. Melanie Penner, clinician investigator and developmental paediatrician in the autism research centre, talks with CTV News Toronto about her findings that Canadian autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnostic practices vary widely and wait times for diagnosis for families are an average of seven months. (link not available). 

(February 4, 2018) The Hummer, developed by Dr. Tom Chau and team allows one family - Maria and Elena Chukalovskaya - to communicate with the world around them using the life-changing technology. Dr. Chau was recently recognized with the Order of Ontario for his work in advancing the field of childhood disability, and ultimately, the basic human right for all people to communicate. Read more in Toronto Sun.

(January 22, 2018) Researcher and PhD student Amanda Fleury, who works in the PRISM lab at Holland Bloorview has developed a first-of-its-kind technology that allows kids with complex needs to communicate with the blink of an eye. Read the full story on CBC News

(December 18, 2017) Dr. Tom Chau, Pierre Duez, Andrea Lamont, and Eric Wan were recognized for their work on the Virtual Music Instrument (VMI) with the Meritorious Service Cross from the Governor General Julie Payette. Read the full story in Niagara This Week.

(November 26, 2017) Dr. Nick Reed comments on the state of concussion rates among kids and youth - and that injuries remain underreported - during a public hearing for Bill 193 (Rowan's Law). Watch the CTV News video here.

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Trainees' Corner

Earlier this year, we spoke with Stephanie Cheung, PhD candidate, Holland Bloorview, about the importance and value of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).


Gray, J. (February 27, 2018). Supervisor: Dr. Barbara Gibson. Reconsidering clown practices in children’s hospitals: a performance studies approach. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Postdoctoral Fellowship. $81,000. 2018-2020.

Kushki, A. (February 21, 2018). Technology Training for Youth with ASD. Autism Speaks Canada. Family Services Community Grants Program. $40,000. 2018.

Kushki, A. (February 2, 2018). Characterizing physiological correlates of emotional dysregulation in autism spectrum disorder. Ministry of Research Innovation and Science. Early Researcher Awards. $140,000. 2018-2023.

Kushki AAnagnostou EBrian J, Monga S, Dupuis A. (January 23, 2018). Examining the role of emotion regulation and arousal in co-morbid anxiety in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Project Scheme Grant. Canadian Institute of Health Research*. $539,325. 2018-2020.


Fieldwork Teaching award from the department of occupational science and occupational therapy at the University of Toronto
Dr. Anne Hunt, clinical study investigator, Holland Bloorview

About Us

Holland Bloorview's research institute is housed at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, a top 40 Canadian research hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and serves 7,500 families annually. The Bloorview Research Institute (BRI) is recognized across the world for its unique client population and leadership in the field of childhood disability. Learn more.

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The Family Voice

Sharon Gabison

 Sharon Gabison

Research Family Engagement Committee (RFEC) Co-Chair, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Welcoming 2018 with a sense of pride

As I reflect back on the winter months, I continue to remain in awe of the incredible work that the Research Family Engagement Committee (RFEC) continues to engage in. The ability to experience this level of commitment from the time that families walk through Holland Bloorview's doors and during their journey is what inspires me as a family leader to engage in our important work.

Learn more about some of our recent accomplishments!

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