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2021

Canadian Cardiovascular Congress

Hosted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and Heart and Stroke, the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) is the largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied health professionals in Canada. Cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, researchers, nurses and other cardiovascular specialists from across Canada and around the globe come to CCC to connect with other members of the cardiovascular team, to discover how to incorporate the latest science into their practice and to attend cutting-edge, accredited education sessions.

RehabWeek 2021

RehabWeek Virtual ‘21 will address the challenges and opportunities for technology in rehabilitation, especially in this last year. As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, intense cooperation among clinicians, engineers, researchers, scientists, health practitioners, policy makers, users and industry remains essential for making impactful changes for our patients and their families, our communities, and the world.

Workshop on AI in Aging, Rehab and Intelligent Assisted Living (ARIAL) in conjunction with IJCAI2021

With this workshop, we will bring together interdisciplinary researchers from different sub-fields of AI, in general, machine learning and deep learning to identify and approach the ARIAL-related problems. We will also facilitate discussion, interaction, and comparison of approaches, methods, and ideas related to the domain of aging and technology.

Neurorecovery (SPiN) Online Workshop

CPSR's Stroke Program in Neurorecovery (SPiN) Workshop is going online again this year! The SPiN workshop brings together young researchers from across the world to learn from expert faculty about basic science and clinical stroke research. This four-day workshop is targeted for trainees (primarily, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows) and will be an excellent opportunity to network with other trainees and faculty in the field from within and outside of Canada. All trainees are welcome to apply; however, despite being online this year, we will only be able to accommodate a limited number of spots to be able to keep the breakout groups reasonably small, so apply early!

KITE 3MT Competition

Inspired by the traditional “Three Minute Thesis (3MT)” competition, the "Three Minute Trainee" competition challenges KITE trainees including graduate students, post-docs, and staff, to communicate the key concepts of their research in a compelling 3-minute presentation. A panel of judges evaluates each of the presentations and decides the winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards, while the audience will vote for a People's Choice Award. This is a great chance to hone your presentation skills and to come up with a short pitch about your work that can be used at conferences, for interviews, networking events, and grant proposal writing.

Toronto Biomedical Engineering Conference (ToBE2021)

The first virtual Toronto Biomedical Engineering Conference (ToBE2021), formerly known as IARC, is a few months away and we are now accepting abstracts for review. Submit your abstract by April 2nd to get the chance to present your research at the conference this year. This is a great opportunity to showcase your research to a broad audience, establish collaborations and gain valuable presentation experience.

Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association

Every three years, scientists, practitioners, students and other professionals from around the globe meet to address key ergonomic issues and to capitalize on opportunities for knowledge-sharing, collaborations, partnerships and friendships. The ultimate goal is to elaborate and advance ergonomics science and practice, thereby contributing to improved quality of life.

CRIR Scientific Congress

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR) is a unique research center. For the past 20 years, it has been distinguished by the excellence, breadth and diversity of its research in rehabilitation, as well as through its interdisciplinary, intersectoral and knowledge mobilization initiatives. These initiatives have an important impact in the clinical, scientific, public and community sectors. CRIR provides an extraordinary environment for the training of new researchers, and is also a model of partnership and administrative synergy.

AGE-WELL EPIC Conference 2021: Supportive Homes & Communities

Join us for EPIC presentations from AGE-WELL students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and ECRs as they share their research in the “Supportive Homes & Communities” Challenge Area. The “Supportive Homes & Communities” Challenge Area focuses on promoting independent living through appropriate supports and services, including the design of physical spaces and the use of technology within the environment.

KITE Virtual Town Hall

The KITE Research Institute is hosting its first virtual town hall of the year to bring the entire community together, share important updates from across the institute, report success stories and provide answers to your questions. Some of the topics of discussion will include finances and staffing, return to work, working with our new foundation, as well as health and wellness resources.

The Wellness Series: Find Meaning in Movement

Movement has a profound impact on our brain – find out how only a few minutes every day can make a difference to last a lifetime. We often think of physical activity contributing only to physical fitness – but there is strong evidence to support that movement benefits, protects, and sustains our cognitive fitness as well. Movement in all forms has profound impacts on our brains across our lifespan, from improving mental health to reducing risk of dementia, and more. Join our panel of advocates, community leaders, and researchers to discover how only a few moments of movement each day is an investment to promote brain health for years to come.

Canada India Healthcare Summit

Hosted by Toronto Rehab Institute – University Health Network (“TRI”), Federation of Indian Chapters of Commerce and Industries (“FICCI) and the Consulate General of India (“CGI”), the Canada India Summit will address the themes of Pandemic Response and Post-COVID Healthcare, Biotechnology and Artificial Intelligence and will also feature the CIF/Kite Institute Powerplay Pitch competition for innovators and start-ups in the healthcare sector.

AGE-WELL Public Webinar:Reducing Social Isolation in Older Adults and Staying Resilient during the Pandemic

Join us to discuss how to maintain social connection using technology during a time of continued physical distancing during the pandemic. Webinar participants will: • Learn about the latest emerging issues and trends in reducing social isolation and loneliness • Discover a new platform that helps older adults connect • Explore an app that predicts social isolation through written life stories

Senior Social Housing - Virtual Conference

This virtual conference features presentations and discussions on priority topics related to seniors housing, such as housing preservation, eviction prevention, and access to support services. Students, researchers, community practitioners, policymakers and older tenants from across Canada and the United States will have opportunities to collaborate, exchange knowledge, and share ideas about best practices in seniors housing during this two day event.

Ontario Association for Amputee Care Virtual Conference

The Ontario Association for Amputee Care (OAAC) is pleased to announce its 2021 Virtual Conference taking place on Friday May 7, 2021 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm EDT. Please note that all times listed in the program agenda are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Registrants will receive details to join via email and should join with the same first and last name entered during the online registration process.

IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering

The Neural Engineering Community welcomes researchers, members of academia, clinicians, and representatives of patient associations, industry, government agencies, funders, and other interested parties to attend the premier conference for this highly interdisciplinary fi­eld. NER is the world’s gathering place for biomedical engineers, neuroscientists, and clinicians to share research and to exchange ideas and breakthrough advances in novel engineering tools for elucidating brain function and neuro technologies for the restoration and enhancement of impaired sensory, motor, and cognitive functions.

NIH Workshop

This session will feature NIH Program Officer, Dr. Dona Love, to provide insights on NIH funding opportunities and the application and peer-review processes. The session will also welcome a panel of campus - and hospital-based researchers who have demonstrated a history of success with NIH proposals. Panelists will share insights, including the intricacies of the NIH peer review process, and also discuss practical tips and strategies that faculty can engage in to enhance their chances of success.

AI Enabled Care: Building Collaboration for Deeper Learning and Better Care

The Michener Institute of Education, Vector Institute and IVADO have partnered to host a Symposium entitled AI Enabled Care: Building Collaboration for Deeper Learning and Better Care. The objective of the Symposium is to engage in discussion on AI implementation within the clinical setting and feature healthcare leaders and AI champions from across Canada as they participate in a virtual panel discussion. After sharing their experiences, panelists will participate in a live Q&A session with Symposium attendees.

Toronto Dementia Research Alliance

Dr. Tarek Rajji (Executive Director) will be presenting to members of KITE to introduce the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA) to KITE researchers, what the TDRA can offer to KITE researchers (e.g., collaborative research opportunities, mechanisms for recruitment, access to patient/family advisory councils, training tools) and to find ways of engaging KITE more into TDRA.

Together We Care 2021

OLTCA and ORCA are expanding the “we” in “Together We Care” by inviting members and partners from across the seniors’ care continuum to join us for our first-ever virtual convention! This year's program will focus on vital conversations in this new world order and in shaping the future of seniors’ care.

Simulation Lab Showcase at UHN

You’re invited to discover UHN’s world-class simulation laboratories located three floors below the busy streets of downtown Toronto. Join us on April 7th at 1 pm EST for a seminar where we will uncover the research & development possibilities of the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL), and discuss how we can work together to test, scientifically validate and commercialize your products or services.

Research Ethics Considerations for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in Health Research

Co-hosted by the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB-ACCER) and Vector, this discussion invites an interdisciplinary look at how algorithmic tools are designed and used in health research. The conversation will broach many of the crucial ethical issues surrounding AI applications such as privacy, bias, accountability, and autonomy in an accessible way so as to inform ongoing discussions related to the development of standards, cases, precedence, and resources to be used in REB decision-making processes.

Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) Information Session

Join us online this March to hear directly from our Acting Director, Dr. Yana Yunusova and Co-Graduate Coordinator, Dr.Deirdre Dawson as they talk through what RSI is looking for in their future students, how you can engage with faculty and secure a supervisor and how to craft a stand out application! You will also be able to ask questions live.

Alzheimer’s - Why Haven’t We Solved It Yet?

Krembil Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University and Gairdner Foundation invite members of the community to attend this free two half-day symposium. There are more than half a million Canadians currently living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia. By 2031, that number is expected to rise to close to a million.

Systematic Review Overview workshop

This interactive online session will teach you about the 8 steps involved in a systematic review, and why you need to prepare for each before you get started. Systematic reviews, if well done, provide a reliable and minimally biased source of information on topics of concern to clinical practice, patient safety and responsible health care services.

The impact of COVID-19 on women's mental health and substance use

On International Women’s Day, CIHR’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) is hosting a virtual learning event to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on women’s mental health and substance use. The event will highlight results from the Knowledge Synthesis Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity in Mental Health and Substance Use and how the research can be used to inform policies, practices, guidelines and programs to improve the mental wellness of women in Canada.

Transforming the Homecare Marketplace

We want parents to live comfortably and healthier lives in their own homes. We want them to stay connected to family and their communities. We want them to thrive and be safe. Join co-founder and CEO Nectari Charitakis to learn more about how uCarenet is transforming the homecare marketplace by increasing access to, and improving the experience of, in-home health and wellness services for seniors and their families.

Systematic Review Overview Workshop

This interactive online session will teach you about the 8 steps involved in a systematic review, and why you need to prepare for each before you get started. Systematic reviews, if well done, provide a reliable and minimally biased source of information on topics of concern to clinical practice, patient safety and responsible health care services.

NIPC Virtual Cardiology Series - Women Heart Matters

We are delighted to announce details of the 2021 NIPC Virtual Cardiology Series. Our first event takes place on Thursday February 11th and is a joint collaboration with the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (ICCPR), the American Society for Preventive Cardiology and the Global Heart Hub. We invite you to join a panel of international experts discussing Women Heart Matters.. CPD Approval pending.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

This public education event is geared to Grades 7-12 and early university age students of all genders and will feature three highly accomplished female scientists and clinicians; Drs. Valerie Wallace, Sowmya Viswanathan and Mojgan Hodaie will give short TED talk-style presentations on their lives and careers, as well as what inspired them to enter the fields of brain, arthritis, and vision research. Mayim Bialik, PhD, of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ will also be delivering an inspirational message. The event, moderated by Dr. Gelareh Zadeh, a neurosurgeon and co-Director of the Krembil Brain Institute, is meant to inspire and engage young minds and is geared to anyone with an interest in STEM education.

2021 NSERC CREATE Information Webinar

NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program awards grants of up to $1.65M over 6 years for the development of innovative training programs designed to enhance collaboration and facilitate the transition of trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce. In preparation for the next CREATE competition, NSERC will hold an information session via Cisco Webex webinar to provide an overview of the CREATE program and application process.

China-Canada Healthcare Innovation Forum

How will robotics and neuromodulation change health care and rehabilitation? Join top researchers from the University of Toronto, the KITE Research Institute -University Health Network, Southeast University and Nanjing Medical University to assess the future of rehabilitation and the specific actions needed to realize the promise of emerging research for Canadian and Chinese patients.

2020

CPSR Annual Scientific Meeting

The Program Committee for CPSR's Annual Scientific Meeting has organized an excellent VIRTUAL meeting with three content-filled half-days -- chock-full of terrific speakers, timely topics, poster sessions, breakouts and the latest research developments in stroke recovery.

Mindful Moments

We are so excited to let you know that KITEC is back with a new series of Mindful Moments, yoga and meditation practice sessions, open to all KITE scientists, staff, and trainees! During this session we will practice yoga and mindfulness as a group. Our amazing yoga instructor is Ruby Tang. Ruby attended her first yoga class over a decade ago, and she came back to yoga at a point where she felt stuck in her everyday life. Through the practice, she found a sense of much-needed inner freedom and groundedness.

Toronto ABI Network Virtual Conference

Advance your clinical knowledge and skills with two days full of presentations and workshops led by field experts, showcasing the latest developments in Acquired Brain Injury. The conference will be taking place virtually via the Remo conference platform. Remo is a web-video conference platform that allows people to have face-to-face networking online just like in-person events that build meaningful relationships and conversations. To ensure you have the best virtual conference experience possible, web demonstrations and guides will be provided as we get closer to the conference dates. We look forward to seeing you at these sessions and at the conference!

This is Long-term Care 2020 - Virtual Conference

The Ontario Long Term Care Association’s annual This is Long Term Care conference profiles change-makers, thought leaders, and emerging sector research in a unique forum designed for learning, networking, and information sharing. Providing an unparalleled opportunity for our members, the Association’s fall conference provides education on existing best practice programs that have tools and resources, which can be implemented across the sector.

Insights into preparing successful grant applications – Q&A with CIHR reviewers

A panel of former CIHR reviewers will answer your questions about the grant review process, characteristics of a great grant application, and common pitfalls. The discussion will focus on how the review process has changed with remote review, and how remote review might influence how you approach your grant application.

Revisiting Pandemic Perspectives from Older Adults and Caregivers

After the COVID-19 crisis hit, we brought together older adults and caregivers to hear their perspectives. As the pandemic stretches on, this webinar reconvenes a panel of older adults and caregivers to share their lived experiences and reflect on the role technology can play during COVID-19. Webinar participants will:

Protecting Your Health: Preparing for the Influenza Season in the age of COVID-19

The Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) presents Protecting Your Health: Preparing for the Influenza Season in the age of COVID-19. In this webinar experts from the healthcare field will answer your questions on why influenza impacts older adults more heavily, what vaccinations are recommended, and how getting your vaccinations can help you stay healthy as you age!

Rehabilitation Day

On Tuesday, September 15, Toronto Rehab is celebrating Rehabilitation Day, as proclaimed by the City of Toronto, to recognize each and every one of you! Our goal is to heighten awareness of physical and cognitive rehabilitation, the varied rehabilitation services in the community which allow patients to overcome limitations.

Kite 3 Minute Trainee Competition

Inspired by the traditional “three minute thesis” competition, the "Three Minute Trainee" competition challenges KITE trainees including graduate students, post-docs, and staff, to communicate the key concepts of their research in a compelling three minute presentation. A panel of judges evaluates each of the presentations and decides the winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards, while the audience will vote for a People's Choice Award. This is a great chance to hone your presentation skills and to come up with a short pitch about your work that can be used at conferences, for interviews, networking events, and grant proposal writing.

Robust Learning Through Cross-Task Consistency

Visual perception entails solving a wide set of tasks, e.g., object detection, depth estimation, etc. The predictions made for multiple tasks from the same image are not independent, and therefore, are expected to be ‘consistent’. We propose a broadly applicable and fully computational method for augmenting learning with Cross-Task Consistency. 1 The proposed formulation is based on inference-path invariance over a graph of arbitrary tasks. We observe that learning with cross-task consistency leads to more accurate predictions and better generalization to out-of-distribution inputs. This framework also leads to an informative unsupervised quantity, called Consistency Energy, based on measuring the intrinsic consistency of the system. Consistency Energy correlates well with the supervised error (r=0.67), thus it can be employed as an unsupervised confidence metric as well as for detection of out-of-distribution inputs (ROC-AUC=0.95). The evaluations are performed on multiple datasets, including Taskonomy, Replica, CocoDoom, and ApolloScape, and they benchmark cross-task consistency versus various baselines including conventional multi-task learning, cycle consistency, and analytical consistency.

Aging and Social Justice Conference

This conference will bring together emerging and established scholars including intervention researchers in the field of aging and anthropology, developing opportunities to further collaborate and strengthen our specialist network. The conference program will also include workshops and mentoring opportunities directed towards students and early career scholars to help create links with the professional and academic community across disciplines.

Blakely Wellness Webinar: Navigating Our New Reality

Join us for a special free Wellness Webinar on Wednesday, June 24th: Navigating Our New Reality. Top health experts from Toronto Rehab and University Health Network (UHN) will help guide our safe return to our daily routines outside the home. They will share preventative strategies to keep COVID-19 at bay, approaches to support your mental health and explain changes in the healthcare system, including new opportunities presented through virtual vehicles.

Kite Mindful Moments

Please join our upcoming "Mindful Moments" session on June 17, 2020. Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of yourself, your body and your surroundings in the present moment. This practice is greatly helpful in day to day life, but more so in the times of challenge, like what we are facing now. This online mindfulness session is organized by the KITE Trainee Executive Committee and is open to all KITE scientists, staff, and trainees.

UHN Women Launch

UHNWomen is a new program that helps empower a diverse TeamUHN and A Healthier World. The program focuses on the principle that everyone has something to learn and something to teach (i.e. two-way learning and mentorship). To learn more click here. You are invited to attend the program’s first event – the target audience is women at UHN.

Mindful Moments with Michelle Bancroft

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of yourself, your body and your surroundings in the present moment. This practice is greatly helpful in day to day life but more so in the times of challenge like what we are facing now. Therefore, We have organized an online mindfulness session, so that we can all practice mindfulness at the same time as a group. This online mindfulness session is open to all KITE scientists, staff, and trainees.

Blakely Wellness Webinar: It’s Your Move

As we continue with our COVID-19 efforts, it’s important that we maintain our health wellness including keeping physically fit. We are proud to feature our team of experts—Dr. Paul Oh, Dr. David Langelier, and Robert Bertelink—who will guide us through the medical health benefits of exercise, exploring it as a preventative measure against cancer and chronic conditions, and offering advice on how we can create a customized exercise plan for ourselves and our family. Broadcast through YouTube LIVE, we encourage you to invite your family members and friends to join this session. See below for more details. Make sure to register to get your link!

Virtual Coffee Chat with Dr. Elizabeth Rochon

Join us on Tuesday May 12th for a casual conversation over coffee with Dr. Elizabeth Rochon. Dr. Rochon is the Associate Director, Senior Scientist, at KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN, Professor at Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Co-Team Leader, Communication Team, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

How to Cope in Extraordinary Times

Managing your mental health during COVID-19 - An online course for U of T alumni with this free four-week (four-module) MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Opens April 13, 2020 (You can follow along weekly or take the course at your convenience. There is no deadline for completion but virtual access to the content and teaching assistant ends May 29, 2020.) Featuring perks and content tailored to U of T Alumni. Registration deadline: May 22, 2020

Ethics of Using Restrictive Measures to Diseases

In this second COVID-19 webinar, a joint presentation with the Joint Centre for Bioethics, we will explore the ethics of using restrictive measures in the control of infectious diseases. Responding to a pandemic through the healthcare system alone may not be effective. The use of public health measures such as physical distancing clearly raises important ethical issues regarding the limits to personal freedoms in times of public health emergencies. Although these measures played a role to prevent the spread of SARS in 2003, H1N1 in 2009 and Ebola in 2014-16, they were limited in scope in comparison to the measures used in the COVID-19 response.

Virtual UofT Three Minute Thesis Competition

We are back on! Join us online for the Virtual UofT 3MT. Presenters have three minutes or less to share their research. The challenge is to present complex research information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way. This competition is a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their innovative and significant research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the University, and to the broader public.

Drug Discovery in Neuroscience Conference

This one-day event will be dedicated to helping the biological science and chemistry communities understand the process of turning novel discoveries into druggable targets for small molecule therapeutic development. It will also cover multiple aspects of the drug discovery process; from hit generation and pharmacokinetics, to intellectual property and commercialization strategies. Local success stories of “Bridging the Gap” and AI in drug discovery will be presented, along with a keynote presentation by Dr. Barbara Tate, Venture Partner at the Dementia Discovery Fund.

Open Forum: Foundation Integration

Please join us at our upcoming Open Forum on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, to learn more about the integration opportunity being explored by the Boards of the Toronto Rehab Foundation and the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. By working together to raise funds, our fundraising teams have the potential to support rehabilitation research, education, and care in innovative ways that take us closer to our vision of A Healthier World.

Engaging People with Lived Experience in Research on Dementia

The Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) Training and Capacity Building Program is holding an event for students, investigators, and research staff. The event will provide a unique opportunity to learn critical skills in engagement of people with lived experience and their care partners. Patient-oriented research is increasingly required for CIHR Patient-Oriented Research competitions. Don't miss out on this valuable learning opportunity to build your expertise as a patient-oriented researcher!

OGS Proposal Review workshop

If you are a graduate student and are planning to apply for this year’s Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), this will be a great opportunity to receive feedback on your "Plan of Study" from our expert panel of reviewers, consisting of KITE scientists and post-doctoral fellows.

ICAIR Information Session & Workshop for Posters and Presentations

This information session is designed to prepare students for the first International Conference on Aging Innovation and Rehabilitation (ICAIR). All Kite and RSI trainees interested in submitting a poster and/or presenting at the conference are encouraged to attend to learn about the changes being made to the registration process of this event, as well as tips and tricks for posters.

Open Source Wireless Neuromodulation Research Kit Workshop

CRANIA, along with Novela Neurotech and Hahn Schickard, invite the neuromodulation research community, to a seminar-style half-day workshop on Novela's new research tool, the Open Source Wireless Neuromodulation Research Kit (OpenKit), to support and advance your research efforts and programs. The OpenKit significantly advances multi-channel recording, data processing and sharing capabilities. The OpenKit is open-sourced allowing greater collaboration, further development, and the acceleration of translational research towards novel treatments for neurological disorders. This partnership initiative is in keeping with CRANIA's mission.

February 5, 12, 19: Python Workshop Series

Want to learn basic programming skills to use in your studies or workplace? Want to code in Python but don’t know where to start? Trainee Executive Committee is hosting the Introduction to Python Workshop series! No prior knowledge or experience is required! This workshop is designed for beginners.

A Balancing Act- Clinical and Research Work

A Balancing Act - Clinical & Research Work: The Student Perspective will showcase graduate students who will share their experiences in clinical practice and research, discuss how those two worlds influence each other, and talk about how to balance them.

Let's Talk About Depression, Mindfulness and Self-Care

Our experts will begin with an overview of general depression and symptoms, followed by an insightful discussion about self-care. You will learn the foundational attitudes of mindfulness, with tools and tips to integrate into daily living to help cope with chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression.

Supporting Brain Health in Later Life: What the Research Tells Us

You are invited to a free public event on promoting brain health in later life! Interact with researchers from the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and health-focused organizations to find out more about brain health. Researchers from CCNA will share information and answer questions on supporting brain health and reducing risk of cognitive decline and dementia.