Safer stairs on CTV

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.

 

 

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Fall Prevention Month

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.

 

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Using Powerpoint to create illustrations

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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.

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Pioneering Developments for Paralysis

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.

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Media Visits iDAPT

Recently,  The Star and the CBC’s “The National” came to explore the numerous innovations incubated at the iDAPT facility.  For a look into what the reporters had to say about the projects at Toronto rehab, follow the links below.  All of the articles have a clear objective of showing the emphasis and the impact  that these projects could have on the everyday life of the general public, particularly on the growing senior population.

Toronto Star Papers

CBC

 

 

 

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3D Scanning and Printing in Medical Applications

Steven Pong recently presented at the Engineering Innovations forum in 3D imaging. In the video below, Steve describes what 3D printing is and the impact the technology has had in the medical field. He steps through the history of the applications of 3D printing from X-ray to MRI imaging to organ printing. He then demonstrates how motion tracking of subjects is used in biomechanical studies and lastly describes how he uses 3D printing in the development of medical devices at work and highlights the ease that this technology has had in the design process of prototypes.

If you want to find out more about 3D printing in other fields, click on the following link
http://www.EIForum.ca

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Outcomes rather than outputs

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.

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Geoff presenting on commercialization and entrepreneurship

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.

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Education and support for caregivers

Pam describes our work in developing training materials for caregivers in the video below:

Please see here for more info on SafeBack and SlingSerter.

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An intro to our team

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:

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