Rehab Med hosts first-ever Research Colloquy to promote collaboration with researchers

Bariatric care, spinal cord injuries and assistive technology among the topics presented at this year's event

By Amanda McCarthy - 14 May 2018

On Friday, May 11, the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine held its first annual Research Colloquy at Corbett Hall.

The event, which ran from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., featured 29 researchers from the faculty. Guests also heard a one-hour presentation from keynote speaker Allen Heinemann, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, emergency medicine and medical social sciences from Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

The format of the event allowed faculty researchers five minutes each to speak about their research-their passions-and share ideas with fellow faculty members.

John Misiaszek, associate dean, research opened the event and introduced it as an opportunity to 'spark conversation' about current and upcoming research projects.

"Research is why we got into this game," said Misiaszek "So let's use this time to showcase it."

Following the presentations, guests enjoyed a wine and cheese reception and further discussion about research topics.

This year's researchers and topics included:

Daniel Aalto
From medical imaging to speech and swallowing simulations

Kim Adams
Technology for children with physical impairments to have rich play and learning experiences

Lauren Beaupre
Collaborative Orthopaedic Research (CORe) overview

David Bennett
Approaches to understanding spinal cord injury

Cary Brown
Sleep is not for wimps

Monique Charest
Language processing: Perspectives on language development and developmental language disorders

Shu-Ping Chen
Addressing campus mental health and drinking issues: a student-driven approach

Jacqueline Cummine
Reading from three perspectives: The individual, the researcher and the clinician

Priscilla Ferrazzi
Mental health in Canada's North: Health and legal pathways to quality care

Mary Forhan
Promoting quality care for patients with obesity in hospital settings

Doug Gross
Work disability prevention research: From clinics to campaigns

Christine Guptill
Assessing musicians' occupational health

Bob Haennel
Cardiac rehab: How to mend a broken heart

Bill Hodgetts
Non-auditory factors that factor into outcomes

Allyson Jones
Mobility in older adults

Greg Kawchuk
Back pain: What I do and what I hope to do

Esther Kim
Improving outcomes in aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders

Lili Liu
AGE-WELL - Technologies for cognitive and mental health

Trish Manns
Moving more

David McConnell
Family and disability studies

John Misiaszek
Perturbing insights on the control of gait and balance

Eric Parent
Measurements and exercise therapy for scoliosis and low back pain

Martin Ferguson-Pell
Virtual reality applications in rehabilitation medicine

Suzette Bremault-Phillips
Implementation of best practices

Karen Pollock
Speech and language in children

Mary Roduta Roberts
Educational assessment: Supporting evidence-based decision-making and achievement of education outcomes

Lesley Wiart
Enhancing function and meaningful participation of children and youth with motor disabilities

Jaynie Yang
The 'simple' task of walking