The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), part of UHN, has one of the most technologically advanced rehabilitation research centres in the world. It is dedicated to revolutionizing rehabilitation and maximizing life for people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging–and to preventing injury by making homes, streets and workplaces safer.
Toronto Rehab's broad program of research involves:
- developing treatments and technologies to prevent injury and illness, and restore function to a high level
- enhancing quality of life, participation and productivity
- facilitating a quicker return to the community and work
- modifying the environment to improve accessibility
- developing technologies to allow people to remain safely in their own homes
- assisting professional and family caregivers, and reducing their injuries
- increasing accessibility, effectiveness and efficiency of the healthcare system
iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research
Toronto Rehab is home to one of the world’s most advanced rehabilitation research centres. The iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research is a unique, newly minted network of facilities where ideas can be cultivated and tested in a real-life setting, leading to practical new therapies and assistive devices to enhance the lives of older people and those with disabling injury or illness.
Located in the heart of Canada’s ‘Discovery District’ in downtown Toronto, the iDAPT Centre consists of 15 cutting-edge labs, workshops, and other research spaces. Built in collaboration with the University of Toronto, it features an underground lab with a motion simulator that can recreate different environments, such as winter blizzards, slopes and busy streets. iDAPT researchers team up with investigators from top academic institutions in Canada, the U.S., and throughout the world. Scientists work alongside clinicians, students, consumers, engineers, industrial designers and in partnership with industry.
Toronto Rehab scientists come from a wide range of disciplines and conduct research in nine key areas:
- Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
- Cardiopulmonary Fitness
- Neural Engineering and Therapeutics
- Optimization of the Rehabilitation System
- Sleep and Upper Airway
Toronto Rehab researchers work to move research findings into practice and ideas into marketable products so that people can benefit. Our scientists work closely with clinicians, policy makers, entrepreneurs and others to translate our discoveries into action. Toronto Rehab’s industry-friendly Club program and state-of-the-art design and prototyping facilities help to accelerate the movement of products into the marketplace.
Toronto Rehab’s research program is led by Dr. Geoff Fernie, Institute Director, TRI.