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Research Day

Toronto Rehab’s Annual Research Day features a wealth of innovative rehabilitation research. It’s an opportunity for all members of our research community to come together to present their research to colleagues, decision-makers and the public.

Presenters include students, trainees, clinicians, scientists and other research staff. The challenge is to convey the importance of their work in presentations of just one minute. This is an action-packed day that spotlights extraordinary research in an unusual way.

Past events have welcomed such guests as The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health System Strategy Division, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Philippa Clarke, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan and Dr. Zev Rymer, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.


Research Day 2018

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Location: University of Toronto Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1

Time: 8:45 am - 3:30 pm




This Year’s Theme: 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



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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. 

Joel Verwegen Award (1 x $1,000)

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 $1000 USD)

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 want to talk your idea through with someone before submitting, please contact Majid Janidarmian: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Important Dates & Deadlines

October 2, 2017 at 12:00-1:00pm - Poster Prep Training (Milos Popovic & Susan Jaglal) @ University Centre Lecture Theatre

October 5, 2017 at 12:00-1:00pm - Poster Prep Training (Milos Popovic & Susan Jaglal) @ Lyndhurst Centre

October 30, 2017 - Registration Deadline, Presenters

October 30, 2017 - Poster/Interactive Display Deadline, Presenters

November 20, 2017 - Minute Madness Presentation Tips – Shoshana Teitelman @ University Centre Lecture Theatre

November 29, 2017 - Minute Madness Slides Deadline, Presenters

January 10, 2018 - Online Registration Deadline, Non-Presenters

January 23, 2018 - RESEARCH DAY 2018


Download a MATLAB script that produces the image file for the plot on the 2018 Research Day Poster Template.


Previous Research Days

Research Day 2016 Abstract Book: PDF

Research Day 2015 Abstract Book: Online or PDF

Research Day 2014 Abstract Book : Online 

Research Day 2012 Conference Program and Abstracts: Flip Book

Research Day 2011 Abstract Book: PDF