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How state-of-the-art simulators are helping researchers prevent falls

How state-of-the-art simulators are helping researchers prevent falls

Researchers at KITE are using sophisticated technology to understand why people fall – and how to stop them.

They look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the research that’s happening in these structures is far from fictional. Using state-of-the-art technology, scientists at KITE, the research arm of Toronto Rehab, are trying to better understand why people fall and what tools, devices and better design can be used to prevent people – old and young – from suddenly dropping to the ground and injuring themselves.

ARHT Media Launches Holopod™ Display at UHN KITE Research – Opportunity to deliver healthcare throughout the province

ARHT Media Launches Holopod™ Display at UHN KITE Research – Opportunity to deliver healthcare throughout the province

Designed Specifically for Permanent Two-Way Holographic Communication in University Lecture Halls, Meeting Rooms & Boardrooms

In partnership with ARHT Media, we're thrilled to announce the launch of a holopod display at our facility, which has great potential to deliver quality virtual healthcare throughout the province, especially to remote communities.

Putting the 'talent' in KITE: restart edition

Putting the 'talent' in KITE: restart edition

Get to know the restart team, who has been working tirelessly to ensure our safety on-site and to move research forward during this new ‘normal’.

Get to know the people behind the incredible KITE restart team, and how their work has helped make sure we all stay safe on-site and move research forward.

COVID forces rehab leaders to rethink approach

COVID forces rehab leaders to rethink approach

Many coronavirus sufferers face a long road to recovery. Here’s how Toronto’s KITE Research Institute is trying to help

COVID-19 is capable of being a lot more severe than we think. Many survivors have had strokes, kidney failure, breathing issues, swallowing problems and more. At KITE, we are designing rehabilitation programs and technologies to help COVID survivors regain their strength and their health, and adjusting our care model to adapt to the changing needs of today's patients.

Music is Life

Music is Life

Musical engagement can support people living with dementia to form relationships with others, express their creativity, and enrich their lives.

Through music, people living with dementia can form relationships with others and express themselves in creative and joyful ways. Music is Life crafts a melodic journey that aims to inspire and create a shift in the current approaches to dementia care to one of relational caring, through musical engagement among a community living with dementia at the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy.

Myant and UHN's KITE Research Institute Announce Partnership for the Clinical Validation of Textile Computing Solutions

Myant and UHN's KITE Research Institute Announce Partnership for the Clinical Validation of Textile Computing Solutions

Myant and KITE Research Institute have partnered to clinically validate digital diagnostic, monitoring, and therapeutic solutions enabled by Skiin and connected to the Myant Platform.

The partnership aims to validate the efficacy of solutions built on the Myant Platform which use textile garments to assess conditions and deliver therapy to the patient’s body. This new mode of connecting patients to care solves the fundamental challenges of distribution, adoption and diagnosis that have limited the proliferation of telehealth in the past.

Congratulations to the 2020 Focus on Accessibility Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 Focus on Accessibility Award Winners

The awards are prized to five up-and-coming researchers who are making a real difference in the lives of people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging.

These students are being recognized for stopping memory deterioration in its tracks, promoting road safety in older adults, restoring hand and arm function in patients with stroke or spinal cord injury, preventing dangerous slips and falls and increasing mobility.

Introducing the Kite Three Minute Trainee Competition

Introducing the Kite Three Minute Trainee Competition

Featuring keynote speakers, awards and highlighting the latest research happening at our institute

The first ever 3MT competition is open to all scientists, staff, and trainees to attend and participate. This is a chance to hear from exciting keynote speakers, cheer your colleagues, win awards, and learn about the latest research happening at our institute.

Doors Open at Kite cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

Doors Open at Kite cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

This decision comes as a result of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and the need for UHN to ensure the safety of its staff, patients, visitors and volunteers.

After months of planning to bring Doors Open Toronto to the CEAL facility at KITE, the organizing committee has decided to cancel this event.

Discovering how to age well with David Suzuki

Discovering how to age well with David Suzuki

World-renowned scientist and Nature of Things host David Suzuki visited the Kite Research Institute's Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL) to seek answers to some of his questions around aging well and achieving a better quality of life.

Watch the Nature of Things episode where David Suzuki discovers what it means to age well during his visit to CEAL, where he interviews Dr. Jennifer Campos, takes DriverLab for a spin and walks the streets of StreetLab.

All hands on deck for Doors Open Toronto

All hands on deck for Doors Open Toronto

Calling all KITE trainees, students and researchers who can volunteer as tour guides when we open CEAL's doors to the rest of the city

On May 23-24, our very own CEAL will be a major attraction at Doors Open Toronto, one of the city's most anticipated events. As part of the event, we're expecting several hundreds of people to walk through our doors, and need your help to show them around.

Dr. Robin Green has been appointed the Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury

Dr. Robin Green has been appointed the Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury

Congratulations to Kite Senior Scientist and acquired brain injury expert, Dr. Robin Green, on this incredible achievement.

Supporting research that focuses on the causes of brain injury, and the development and evaluation of rehabilitation treatments to improve recovery, this chair also enhances efforts to prevent head injuries, and to improve quality of life for people living with these injuries.

Registration now open for ICAIR 2020

Registration now open for ICAIR 2020

On May 25, the International Conference on Aging, Innovation and Rehabilitation will bring together scientists, students, entrepreneurs and those passionate for change in healthcare

ICAIR 2020 is open to all students, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs from around the world. Admission is free to all Kite/ RSI students and TRI affiliates. Individuals from all universities and colleges from around the world get a special discount. We look forward to seeing everyone at ICAIR 2020 in Toronto!

Changing the way patients regain hand function

Changing the way patients regain hand function

Dr. Sukhvinder Kalsi Ryan and her team at the Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic are paying tribute to the clinic's first year of operation with an open house, to celebrate the technology, innovation and clinical impact.

Dr. Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic Lead at Toronto Rehab, Lyndhurst Centre, works closely with patients with tetraplegia – some degree of paralysis in all four limbs – to restore their upper limb function.

UHN: #1 Research Hospital in Canada

UHN: #1 Research Hospital in Canada

RE$EARCH Infosource Inc. releases its annual ranking of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals and UHN is number one for the ninth year in a row.

For the ninth year in a row, UHN is number one on RE$EARCH Infosource Inc.’s list of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals. The list of research hospitals in the country has been compiled annually since 2011.

Rocket Ride for Rehab blasts to fundraising record

Rocket Ride for Rehab blasts to fundraising record

Toronto Rehab Foundation raises a record $334,000 for care and research programs at Toronto Rehab Institute

One of Toronto Rehab's most anticipated fundraising events, Rocket Ride for Rehab, featured two sold out spin sessions and raised a record $334,000 for the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The Kite Research Institute team led by Dr. Milos R. Popovic was a proud supporter of the event.

Sex and gender issues top agenda at National Spinal Cord Conference

Sex and gender issues top agenda at National Spinal Cord Conference

Dr. Cathy Craven says next week’s conference will focus on sex, gender and the health of women, as well as the consideration of unconscious biases in care

The majority spinal cord programs and services are designed for men. UHN’s Dr. Cathy Craven says current delivery models need to flex to better reflect society’s gender roles.

Time to Heal

Time to Heal

Brain injuries from assault may require more time off than those from accidental injuries

Mild traumatic brain injuries can lead to symptoms that interfere with work, such as headaches or trouble focusing, and some of these symptoms can last for months.

New awards honour efforts five outstanding young researchers at KITE

New awards honour efforts five outstanding young researchers at KITE

THE FOCUS ON ACCESSIBILITY AWARDS WERE INTRODUCED AT KITE RESEARCH DAY IN 2019

TORONTO-KITE and the Ontario government are working together to recognize students whose research is making a difference in the lives of people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging. The Focus on Accessibility Awards, which honour the unique achievements of our young researchers, were introduced at KITE Research Day in 2019. Winners of the awards play an instrumental role in Ontario’s culture of accessibility by developing innovative yet practical designs, technologies, programs and solutions to improve quality of life. The awards are financially supported by the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.

UHN welcomes KITE

UHN welcomes KITE

UHN is unveiling a new research institute designed to take the science of rehabilitation to new heights. Based at Toronto Rehab, the new institute, which will be known as KITE at UHN and replaces the current TRI Research Institute, will synchronize the organization's academic direction, strategic priorities, research programs and commercialization efforts in the field of complex rehabilitation science...

Rocket North enhances access to innovative therapies

When Reno Candido first became an outpatient of Toronto Rehab's Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic's Lyndhurst Centre location, he had no movement below his shoulders. The 51-year-old became quadriplegic almost two years ago, after slipping and falling on ice. After eight months of MyndMove therapy, a product created by Toronto Rehab researchers that delivers functional electrical stimulation (FES) to paralyzed muscles, he has already increased function in his shoulders, allowing him to move his arms back and forth...

Grade 9 students get a glimpse at the cool work their parents do

Grade 9 students get a glimpse at the cool work their parents do

Some cooked, while others test drove a car, practiced suturing or packaged medications using candies. These were just some of the diverse activities undertaken yesterday by about 200 Grade 9 students – all sons and daughters of employees – who participated in UHN's 12th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day. "We went and saw the computers and technology that is used here and I just thought it was so cool," Miriam Rees-Sloman said at Toronto Western Hospital (TW)...