Nearly one person in Canada dies each day because of a fall on stairs and 270 end up in the hospital. There are 3 times more falls on an 8 inch stair than on a 10 inch stair.
Alison Novak, a scientist on our team, has managed to change the national building code so that stairs in new homes must be at least 10 inches long rather than the 8 inches that used to be allowed. Alison and Geoff were featured on CTV recently.
Below are the 21 talks held at TRI during Fall Prevention Month. Many thanks to all the presenters who shared their perspectives with us!
For more info on research going on at the iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research at TRI, go to idapt.com.
On Tuesday December 1st, Mark Semple demonstrated many of the hidden features of Powerpoint including his method for creating illustrations based on photographs. It used to be that you needed custom design software like the Adobe Illustrator to do this type of work. But, now you can do it with Powerpoint! See the video below to see how easy it is.
Dr. Milos Popovic, who leads the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics team at Toronto Rehab, describes some of his team’s work that has led to the development of a new function electrical stimulator product and spin-off company that will lead to many people improving the use of their arms after spinal cord injury and stoke.
A paper on the process our team uses to get new products and changes to policy and practice out to the public efficiently can be downloaded here.
Collaborative closed-loop design process
Tilak Dutta and Geoff Fernie
This paper outlines the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Home and Community Team’s vision for translational research. The objective of the Home and Community Team is to help people age successfully by providing tools to manage the disabilities that come with aging. To facilitate this translational research and realizing real world benefits, the Home and Community Team has developed a collaborative closed-loop design process. We describe the five strategies that make up our approach. The strategies are: 1) Having a collaborative team of clinicians, technical experts, researchers and students; 2) Maintaining prototyping facilities on-site; 3) Using simulators to quickly, safely, and repeatably test ideas with the target population; 4) Building relationships with stakeholders; 5) Careful documentation in preparation of regulatory approvals. Together these strategies have helped our team focus on translating research findings into practical outcomes as the ultimate goal of our research. These outcomes include changes to policy and clinical practice as well as the creation of new products, in addition to the traditional focus of academic research groups on outputs such as publications and grants.
Geoff gave the keynote address at the Excite2014 conference on entrepreneurship. At the end he takes questions including one where he describes the benefits of having industrial designers on our research team.
Pam describes our work in developing training materials for caregivers in the video below:
Please see here for more info on SafeBack and SlingSerter.
For this year’s Research Day, we produced a short video to introduce our team using a 3D camera. You need a pair of red and green 3D glasses to view this (make sure the red side is over your left eye):
If you don’t have 3D glasses, watch this version:
As one of the top 25 papers published in Applied Ergonomics in 2012, we were invited to create an “audio slide” presentation to supplement our paper entitled “Evaluation of the Kinect(TM) sensor for 3-D kinematic measurement in the workplace“.
Research Day is an annual event put on by Toronto Rehab with the goal of sharing our work with the public. In the morning all presenters come up on stage and describe why their work matters in one minute or less. Our team combined our separate minute long presentations into a narrative about two fictional older adults, Clint and Dorothy. Here is our minute madness presentation:
Attendees vote to select the best presentation. This was last year’s winner: