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  • 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto ON M5G 1R1

Toronto Rehab’s 13th Research Day, which features a wealth of innovative rehabilitation research, will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, beginning at 8:45 a.m., at the Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut St., Toronto, ON. 
Our theme for Research Day this year is IMPACT!   What do we mean by IMPACT?  Our publication rates are extraordinarily high, but publication is not enough for us because we are motivated to make a real IMPACT on people’s lives.  Our mission is to solve problems and bring those solutions to benefit people who have disabilities and their caregivers.  We create IMPACT by 1) changing policies, regulations, guidelines and safety standards; 2) by developing new treatments; and 3) by commercializing our inventions so that individuals and institutions can use them.  Our solutions support prevention of illness and injury; restoration of function; and greater independence and enjoyment of life.
Each presentation will be linked to one of the following three themes (“Optimization” is the underpinning of all 3 themes so is no longer a separate theme): 

  1. Prevent Injury
  2. Restore Function
  3. Enable independence

TRI Research Day is an opportunity for all members of our research community to come together to present their research to colleagues, decision-makers and the public.  Again this year, “Minute Madness” oral presentations will challenge presenters to convey the importance of their work in just one minute.  The day will also include a keynote speaker (to be announced), poster presentations and interactive displays.  Research Day celebrates student achievement with awards presented for Best Paper, Best Poster, Best Interactive Display, and Best Minute Madness Presentation (People’s Choice Award).
Attention Trainees:
Please consider attending the Trainee Networking Breakfast at the Chestnut just before the main program begins.  Space is limited and preregistration is required. 
At this speed networking event, TRI trainees meet with Toronto Rehab scientists/experts in a format similar to speed dating.  Topics to be addressed by the scientists/experts:

  • Clinical research
  • Work/Life balance
  • International collaborations
  • Non-academic career options
  • Life after grad school
  • Business & Commercialization

You and approximately 5 other students will interact with the scientist/expert for 15 minutes before moving to another table (topic).  You must pre-register as part of online registration.
October 30, 2017        Registration Deadline, Presenters
October 30, 2017        Poster/Interactive Display Deadline, Presenters
November 29, 2017    Minute Madness Slides Deadline, Presenters
January 10, 2018        Online Registration Deadline, Non-Presenters     **Non-Presenter Registration has been extended to January 15**
Online registration is mandatory for all presenters and non-presenters who plan to attend so that we can plan for seating, catering, printing of programs etc.  Please click on the appropriate tab to register.

October 30        Online Registration
October 30        Poster/Interactive Display Submission by Email
November 29    Minute Madness Slides Submission by Email
This year, there have been changes made to the requirements for posters and interactive displays.  Please make sure you review all the Guidelines/Requirements well before the due date.
Please go to the Presentation Materials Guidelines tab (above) for complete instructions to prepare your submissions.  Below is a very brief checklist of what you will need for online registration.
Information Requested During Online Registration:

  • Toronto Rehab Research Team name
  • Current degree level
  • Presentation project level (Undergraduate, Masters, PhD, Postdoctoral, Scientist/Clinician)
  • Title of poster or interactive display
  • 1st and 2nd theme choice
  • Chosen presentation format (poster or interactive display)
  • Preregistration for Trainee Networking Breakfast at Research Day

 All Posters and Interactive Display Submissions will be published in the TRI Research Day Book.
Presentation Materials Guidelines
Accessibility Checklist
Theme Descriptions for Research Day
TRI TechnoVation Competition
Best Paper Competition
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A “Non-Presenter” is anyone who is not submitting a poster or interactive display, but will be attending to enjoy Research Day.
All attendees must register in advance as we need to plan for seating, catering, printing of programs, etc.  Please indicate any dietary restrictions while registering.
Online non-presenter registration closes on January 10, 2018.  ***Non-presenter registration has been extended to January 15.***
(PRESENTERS do not register here:  you must click on the “Presenters Registration” tab).

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October 30                 Online Registration deadline for Presenters                                 
October 30                 Posters/Interactive Display submission deadline
                                    (Email to
November 29             Minute Madness Slides deadline
                                    (Email to
January 23, 2018        Toronto Rehab’s 13th Research Day
                                    Chestnut Conference Centre, 8:45 am – 3:30 pm
During the online registration process, you will choose one of two options for presenting at Research Day.  Minute Madness Oral Presentation is mandatory for both options.

  1. Poster
October 30
E-mail to
Posters will be printed in the Research Day book; an abstract is not required
  1. Interactive Display
October 30
E-mail to
A storyboard / abstract is required for inclusion in the Research Day book

This year we have introduced a POSTER TEMPLATE, which must be used because we are publishing the posters in the Research Day 2018 book.  Instructions and suggestions are included within the template.  The link to the poster template is in the Resources section at the bottom of this screen.
Posters should include a statement of the problem, objectives of the research or project, the methodology used to solve the problem or implement the program, the major findings or outcomes if available, conclusions, and implications.  Think of your poster as an illustrated abstract with small supporting blocks of text.  The most effective posters use text sparingly.

  • Posters must be sized to fit 36” (high) x 56” (wide)
  • Poster files should be submitted in PowerPoint (.ppt)
  • All posters MUST comply with the Accessibility Checklist. 

Deadline:  October 30, by email to       
(A limited number of interactive displays can be accommodated.  Please discuss your display idea with your supervisor.)
An interactive display is an alternative to the traditional poster format.  The format is flexible but could include a short video clip, model device, or demonstration of a technology.  Interactive displays should convey the same basic information as a poster through a combination of visual display and interaction with attendees.  Presenters will be provided with a table and access to a power source.  Any printed material/handouts must follow accessibility requirements.  Please see Accessibility Checklist.
For the purpose of adjudication and inclusion in the Research Day book you can either prepare a storyboard or submit an abstract.
If you choose to create a storyboard, the STORYBOARD TEMPLATE must be used.  Note that your storyboard will be included in the Research Day 2018 book.  The link to the Storyboard Template is in the Resources section at the bottom of this screen.
Preparing a storyboard to demonstrate your interactive display:

  • What will attendees interact with?
  • What do you hope they will learn?
  • Why does it matter?
  • What question(s) do you expect attendees to ask?

Prepare an image file to be printed 8"x 10" landscape - at least 800 x 1000 pixels
Use panes to create your story, as needed. The text must be at least size 12 when it is printed at 8" x 10"
Note that the drawing does not need to be very good to tell a story effectively!  ( Here’s an example:

Abstract Submission:
If you choose to create an abstract (instead of a storyboard), the ABSTRACT TEMPLATE must be used.  Note that your abstract will be included in the Research Day book.  The link to the Abstract Template is in the Resources section at the bottom of this screen. 
Deadline:  October 30, by email to

  • Title:  Each word in the title should be capitalized except for prepositions. 
  • Authors:  Names must be in correct order using author’s first initial(s) followed by last name.  A comma should separate authors’ names, e.g. KM Sibley1,2,  SB Jaglal1,2, SE Straus3,4.
  • Author Affiliations:  Institution and departments (no city or country needed) where applicable should correspond to the numbers above; e.g. 1 Toronto Rehabilitation Institute; 2 University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy; 3 St. Michael’s Hospital; 4 University of Toronto, Department of Medicine.

During the online registration process you will be asked to select 1st and 2nd choice of themes that most closely describe the work represented in your poster/interactive display.  Use the following descriptions to help guide your selection.  An adjudication committee will review posters/interactive displays for acceptance and will make the final theme selections.  You will be notified of acceptance by November 15th.

  • Prevent Injury and Illness Theme – Research on this topic is not just about preventing the injury or illness from first occurring, but it is also about preventing repeat episodes from occurring after a rehabilitation program is complete.
  • Restore Function Theme – Since prevention will never be 100% effective, restoring function to those who have had an injury or illness is fundamental to our mission.  Techniques for restoring function are evolving rapidly, showing promise with both acute and chronic injuries.
  • Enable Independence Theme – Advances in medicine have been extending the average life span into the 80’s.  As we continue to increase longevity, it is important to also maintain and improve the quality of that life.  People like to live at home; we would like to enable that goal to be realized by providing innovations to support aging-in-place without placing financial, time, psychological and physical burdens on family caregivers.

A Minute Madness oral presentation is mandatory for all presenters. 
Each presentation will last no longer than one minute.  Minute Madness presentations should be prepared for an intelligent lay audience.  Do NOT get bogged down in jargon or statistics!  Presentations must include:

  • Study objectives
  • Your results so far – or what you hope to achieve
  • Why your research matters – the “so what” factor
  • Lay language delivery

Humour and creativity are welcome!  Do NOT use your minute to invite attendees to your poster or interactive display; the conference book will include your poster/interactive display number, and there will be large signs in the foyer indicating locations.
You MUST submit two slides (no more than two) for your Minute Madness oral presentation:

  • Slide 1 – Title of Poster/Interactive Display and name of presenter
  • Slide 2 – Content of your choice

Note that presenters will NOT have access to a clicker during their presentation.  If you choose to animate your content slide, you MUST set automatic timers.  Organizers will show the title slide as you walk onto the stage.  Your second slide will show once you take the microphone.
Minute Madness slides must adhere to Accessibility Checklist. Slides with font or design elements that do not meet the stated requirements will be returned for revision.
Deadline: November 29, by email to    
All student and postdoctoral posters or interactive displays are entered into Best Poster and Best Interactive Display competitions, for which prizes are awarded.  Judges are selected from all eleven teams.  Please remain near your poster/display during the designated time in order to answer questions from the judges.  Posters will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Overall poster design (style, headings, graphics, readability, logical layout)
  • Content and scientific merit (fields of study and research questions, clear methods description, implications, future directions of the results/findings)

One-on-One with judges (knowledge of subject, response to questions, diction/articulation/enthusiasm, keeping pitch to 3 minutes)
Accessibility Checklist
Theme Descriptions for Research Day
Poster Template
Storyboard Template & Abstract Template
TRI TechnoVation Competition 2017
Best Paper Competition 2017
Presentation Materials Guidelines

Research Day comments and inquiries should be sent to: or telephone 416-597-3422, ext. 7600

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Jennifer Huang, TRI Foundation:, or by phone 416-597-3422, ext.3757

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                                                                           JOHN WRIGHT

                                                                            CEO – Insight
                                              Opinion/Market Research, Demographics & Ideation
                                                           DART Insight and Communications


John Wright is one of Canada’s most renowned pollsters with expertise in Canadian and Global opinions, demographics, issues, and strategic communications. An author of three Canadian bestselling books on what Canadians think about everything, he was the Senior Vice President of the Public Affairs Opinion Research Division of Ipsos and Spokesperson of the company for 26 years before opening his own consulting company in 2016. There’s literally not an industry or issue he hasn’t dealt with and his specialty area of study is the growing and aging population in Canada and abroad.

John is an experienced, dynamic, entertaining, provocative, and engaging speaker.  His passion is to deliver the “so what?” answers to the topics he addresses and takes great care in constructing his presentation takeaways. With a unique perspective on world issues and trends, John brings forward real-life examples on how to deal with pressing issues of our time and zeros in on the issues affecting people. He shows how one can start addressing critical challenges and opportunities right now.

John is a Founder and Lifetime member for each of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for Scholars, and the Canadian Forces College Foundation. A Senior Fellow at the Angus Reid Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, he’s an Honorary Colonel for the Royal Canadian Air Force with three Commendations, has been awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for Military History and Education, the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Community Volunteerism, and the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto.

The 13th TRI Research Day will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Chestnut Conference Centre at 89 Chestnut Street, a short walk from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI).

7:30 - 8:45 am          Registration (2nd floor foyer)
8:00 - 8:45 am          Trainee Breakfast (invitees only)

8:50 - 9:00 am          Geoff Fernie, Creaghan Family Chair in Prevention and Healthcare Technologies
                                 Welcome and thoughts on Impact

9:00 - 9:10 am          Milos Popovic, Institute Director, TRI-UHN
                                 Future directions of TRI Research

9:10 - 9:15 am          Brad Wouters, Executive Vice President, Science & Research UHN
                                 UHN - Canada's top research hospital

9:15 - 9:35 am          John Wright, CEO - Dart Insight and Communication
                                 Keynote Speaker:  The Impact of the Impending Silver Tsunami

9:35 - 9:40 am                    Mindfulness Meditation

9:45 - 10:25 am         Introduction & Minute Madness - Prevent Injury & Illness Theme
                                  Theme Lead:  Geoff Fernie​

​10:25 - 10:45 am                 Refreshment and Networking Break

10:45 - 11:35 am        Introduction & Minute Madness - Restore Function Theme
                                   Theme Lead:  Milos Popovic

11:35 - 11:40 am                  Fit Break

11:40 am - 12:05 pm   Introduction & Minute Madness - Enable Independence Theme
                                    Theme Lead:  Susan Jaglal

12:05 - 12:20 pm         Student Scholarship & Award Presentations
                                     - Geoff Fernie Impact Awards (3 Awards)
                                     - Joel Verwegen Award (1 Award)
                                     - Best Paper Award (2 Awards)
                                     - TD Awards (3 Awards)

12:20 - 1:30 pm                      Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 pm              Poster & Interactive Display Sessions
                                     (Colony Ballroom, 2nd Floor Foyer, Giovanni Room)
                                     - Odd #'s (1:30-2:15 pm)
                                     - Event #'s (2:15-3:00 pm)

3:15 - 3:30 pm              Research Day Awards - presentations / Close of Research Day
                                     - Best Posters (Undergraduate, Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral)
                                     - Best Interactive Display
                                     - People's Choice Award (Best Minute Madness)
                                     - TechnoVation Award



The following awards will be announced and presented on Research Day:

Impact Awards
(3 x $1000)
TRI’S IMPACT AWARDS will be awarded to three TRI stars whose work and presence have impact internally at TRI, and whose research has impact externally in the world.  Post Docs, Doctoral and Masters’ students are eligible for the awards. TRI scientists will nominate strong candidates, highlighting their leadership qualities, community service, and academic excellence.  The winners will receive $1,000 each, a framed award; their names will also be listed on an “Honour Board”.

Best Poster and Minute Madness Presentations
(5 x $250)
Research Day recognizes research excellence in post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. Posters are evaluated for overall design (layout, readability, organization) content and scientific merit (research questions, method, implications) and one-on-one with judges (knowledge of subject, clearly articulated response to questions). Awards of $250 are given for best poster in each group: Post-Doctoral Fellows, Doctoral Candidates, Masters Students and Undergrads.   The popular “People’s Choice Award” of $250 is also presented to the best Minute Madness presentation. 

Top Peer-Reviewed Publication
(2 x $250)
TRI is pleased to honour two outstanding published (print or e-pub) papers. Cash awards of $250 each will be given to two TRI trainees with the best peer-reviewed publications based on scientific merit and impact. Open to post docs, grad & undergrad students.  For details on eligibility and submission requirements, please use this link; please email if you have any questions. 

Joel Verwegen Award
(1 x $1000)
The award is given by the Brain Discovery and Recovery Team at Toronto Rehab in memory of Joel Verwegen, who was an undergraduate student researcher with this team in 2007 and 2008. $1,000 is awarded annually to a student at the University of Toronto, affiliated with the University Health Network who possesses a deep interest in research and potential as a future scientist. 

TechnoVation Award
(1 x US $1000)
The Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer, University at Buffalo (SUNY), USA, awards US$1,000 to a grad student/post doc to promote the thoughtful consideration and planning necessary to transform student projects into market innovations with beneficial impacts.   For details and requirements, please use this link.  If you have any questions, please contact Majid Janidarmian:

Toronto Rehab reserves the right to withhold awarding any /all of these awards at its sole discretion.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 08:45 to 15:30