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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.

Nine Research Areas

Toronto Rehab scientists come from a wide range of disciplines and conduct research in nine key areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Cardiopulmonary Fitness
  • Cognition
  • Communication
  • Mobility
  • Neural Engineering and Therapeutics
  • Optimization of the Rehabilitation System
  • Sleep and Upper Airway
  • Technology

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.

Download a one-page fact sheet that highlights TRI research advancements and statistics.

For more information, please visit the TRI's webpage


* Note: Data are accurate as of September 1, 2015. Metrics are calculated by considering data on all Researchers, which includes CCRU Investigators or Clinical Researchers as applicable. CCRU Investigators and Clinical Researchers are not formally appointed at the research institutes and are therefore not subject to the research institutes' scientific and performance reviews. Clinical Researchers are defined as UHN staff that are listed as principal or corresponding author on at least one publication in the 2014 calendar year, and/or held research funding over the 2014-2015 fiscal year, and/or are registered as lead investigator on an active research project through the CAPCR system between September 1, 2014 and September 1, 2015. Trainee counts reflect only those trainees supervised by researchers with a primary appointment at a research institute.

Snapshot: TRI 2015*
  122 Appointed Researchers
  4 Clinical Researchers
  227 Trainees
  148 Staff
  64,515 sq. ft. Research Space
  $11,696,283 External Funding
  449 Total Publications

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