RSI Research Day 2016: Recap
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 marked this year’s Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) Research Day event which took place in the McLeod Auditorium/Stone Lobby at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus.
Every year, the RSI Research Day event showcases and celebrates the research being conducted by the bright and talented graduate students of RSI via poster and oral presentations and this year was no exception! With over 100 attendees, our attendance reached a record high! And, for the first time ever, students participated in a competitive yet thrilling 3 minute presentation competition.
The day began with interactive faculty and student assemblies where new faculty were introduced and welcomed to the Institute. Special thanks goes out to guest speaker Heather McGhee Peggs, Hon.B.A., LL.B., Manager of Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for Graduate Students, who so graciously lead the faculty assembly with her presentation on "Common Sources of Student/Supervisor Conflict and what you can do to manage them". This was followed by inspiring opening remarks from the Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Trevor Young, and RSI’s very own Director, Dr. Angela Colantonio.
During the midday program, keynote speaker Joanne Goldberg, MSc, pht, CCRP, Assistant Director of the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, gave a thought-provoking speech on Aging and CIHR, captivating faculty and students on how these themes relate to rehabilitation research.
The event wrapped up with two new additions which included an awards ceremony announcing the winners of the first annual RSI Awards (click the link for the full list of awards and winners) and the exciting reveal of the student run online magazine publication, RehabINK.
All told, more than 40 posters and oral presentations were made and hundreds of faculty, staff, students and family members attended the event to celebrate the excellent scholarship taking place at RSI. Thank you to all those who attended and to the RSI Research Day Organizing Committee and RSI Staff for making this year’s event such a great success!
Thank you to our valued sponsors as well:
- Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
- University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union
- Heart & Stroke Foundation – Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery
- Northern Digital Inc.
- Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- Sunnybrook – St. John’s Research
- International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation – University of Toronto
- Dr. Norah Cullen
For those of you who were unable to join us, we look forward to seeing you next May 2017 at our next exciting, informative and inspiring day of Research in RSI.