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RSI PhD Student Receives Jonathan Dostrovsky Award in Neuroscience - 05/30/2017

Congratulations to RSI PhD student, Alicia Hilderley for being the 2017 recipient of the Jonathan Dostrovsky Award in Neuroscience!

This award has been established by the generosity of Professor Jonathan Dostrovsky, and aims to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding CPIN graduate students from the 16 CPIN participating graduate departments at 7 UofT faculties.

Alicia Hilderley’s Biosketch:

Alicia is completing her doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research investigates neuroplasticity following physical training programs for children and youth with Cerebral Palsy. She aims to address persistent questions about underlying neural mechanisms and potential for movement skill improvement.

Alicia has secured project funding as a co-investigator on an international grant, and has received doctoral scholarships from local, provincial and international funders amounting to over $100,000. She has published three manuscripts (two as first author), and has been awarded scholarships to present her research nationally and internationally.

Alicia served as Co-Chair of the Bloorview Research Institute Trainee Executive for two years, and currently supervises undergraduate and graduate students in research projects and professional placements. Alicia is also a Registered Kinesiologist, and her career goal is to become a clinician scientist in the field of paediatric neurorehabilitation. Alicia is honoured to be the 2017 recipient of the Jonathan Dostrovsky Award, and would like to acknowledge the exceptional mentorship of her supervisors Dr. Virginia Wright and Dr. Darcy Fehlings, and of her program advisory members, Dr. Margot Taylor and Dr. Joyce Chen.

For more on the Jonathan Dostrovsky Award in Neuroscience, visit: http://www.neuroscience.utoronto.ca/award_opportunities/jonathan_dostrovsky_award.htm

CPIN Website: http://www.neuroscience.utoronto.ca/

RSI PhD Student makes Top 25 for SSHRC Storytellers National Competition - 05/04/2017

Congratulations to RSI PhD student, Denise DuBois for being selected as one of the 25 Top finalists for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Storytellers - National Competition!

SSHRC’s annual contest challenges postsecondary students from across the country to tell the story—in three minutes or 300 words—of how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The top entries this year addressed a range of important issues, including big data, climate change, Indigenous knowledge, youth, food security and immigration. Their stories highlight how knowledge about the social sciences and humanities helps Canadians understand and improve the world around us.

The Top 25 finalists, representing 14 postsecondary institutions from across Canada, were selected from among nearly 200 entries by 24 expert judges from Canada and abroad. 

View Denise’s story video entitled: Voices of Youth - Friendship and Belonging from the Perspective of Youth with IDD.

This year’s Final Five winners will be announced on May 29 at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Good luck, Denise! 

RSI PhD Student Awarded University of Toronto Alumni Association Graduate Scholar Award - 04/28/17

Congratulations to RSI PhD student, Patrick Jachyra receiving the University of Toronto Alumni Association Graduate Scholar Award! Jachyra was presented with the award on April 27 by university President Meric Gertler, Chancellor Michael Wilson and Alumni Association President Scott MacKendrick during the Awards of Excellence Ceremony honoring students and faculty.

The Awards of Excellence celebrate members of the University of Toronto community who, through their individual efforts and accomplishments, have contributed to the University’s vision of becoming a leader among the world’s best public teaching and research universities. Those honoured through the program have stepped up to the challenge of making rich and meaningful contributions to the University, the community, and to the world.

The University of Toronto Alumni Association Graduate Scholar Award recognizes doctoral students at the University of Toronto who demonstrate outstanding academic and extracurricular leadership.

Jachyra’s research explores physical activity participation among young people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Way to go!

Gender, Work and Health Journal Club - 04/28/17

The Journal Club meets monthly to discuss methodological and theoretical approaches in gender, work and health research and exemplary research papers on the topic. All are welcome to participate in these informal meetings. We do ask that you RSVP (reema.shafi@mail.utoronto.ca) to ensure we have seating for all. Happy reading everyone!

Click here to see when the next Journal Club will take place!

RSI PhD Student Shortlisted for TA Teaching Excellence Award - 03/28/17

Congratulations to RSI PhD student, Philippe D’Onofrio for being shortlisted for the TA Teaching Excellence Award! The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program’s (TATP) Teaching Excellence Award was created in 2003 to recognize the outstanding contributions of teaching assistants at the University of Toronto. The award seeks to value the work of TAs who regularly inspire and challenge undergraduate students. Winners will be announced on April 28, 2017.

More info

RSI MSc Student's Art on the Cover of Truth and Reconciliation at UofT Report - 01/26/17

Congratulations to first year RSI student Lisa Boivin (MSc) whose art is currently featured on the cover of The University of Toronto’s Truth and Reconciliation Steering Committee final report! Entitled Wecheehetowin, which means “working together” in Cree, the report highlights that the work to be done at U of T will be a collective journey. 

During a ceremony at Hart House Jan. 13, the final report was presented to the president and provost by Elder Andrew Wesley, one of two elders who advised the committee in its deliberations. Boivin (who is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation in the Northwest Territories) strives to illuminate the resilience of Indigenous peoples and cultures, using image-based storytelling. 

For more details on the event, visit UofT News.
Read the Full Report to view Lisa Boivin's art!

RSI Fall 2016 Graduates Featured on Faculty of Medicine Website - 11/18/16

Check out the Faculty of Medicine Facebook page to get to know some of this year's Fall graduates!

Graduates featured include: 

  • Shaun R. Cleaver (PhD)
  • Marina Bastawrous Wasilewski (PhD)
  • Teenu Sanjeevan (PhD)
  • Chen Xiong (MSc)

New Issue of rehabINK - 10/18/2016

Volume 1, Issue 2 of rehabINK is now available online! The current issue focuses on health and rehabilitation across the lifespan. Learn more about the student research transforming the field of rehabilitation science!

RSI PhD Student Talks Concussions on Global News Toronto - 09/19/2016

As the school year starts, kids are beginning to enroll in contact sports like hockey. Concussion expert Karolina Urban (RSI PhD student) with the new approach parents should be taking when it comes to head injuries.

To watch the full video, visit the GlobalNews website!

First Year RSI MSc Student Featured in First Nations House Magazine - 09/19/2016

In addition to her studies, first year RSI student Lisa Boivin (RSI MSc student) is also committed in changing the negative narrative on Indigenous peoples through art.

Using image-based storytelling, Boivin (who is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation in the Northwest Territories) strives to illuminate the resilience of Indigenous peoples and cultures. Her arts-based methodology confronts the western medical/clinical practice and its racist treatment of Indigenous peoples, and also aligns with some of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 calls to action, which are meant to counteract the tragic legacy of the Indian Residential School System.

 

"My work is about understanding the history and the magnitude of what is going on for Indigenous people. My paintings address the inequities that burden Indigenous peoples in western medicine and replace them with cultural teachings that lead to solutions." - Lisa Boivin

To learn more about Lisa, visit the Faculty of Medicine webpage.
Read the full article entitled The Medicine of Resilience in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of UofT’s First Nations House Magazine.

RSI Students Receive Bloorview Research Institute: Graduate Student Scholarship Awards - 08/04/2016

Huge congratulations go out to all the RSI students who received a BRI Graduate Student Scholarship Award this year:
 

NAME 

BRI AWARD
Katie Mah, PhD Student Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Rehabilitation

Patrick Jachyra, PhD Student

Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Disability Research

Eric Smart, PhD Student

Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Disability Research
Luisa Garzon, MSc Student "Whipper" Watson Graduate Research Studentship Award
Tiffany Toong, Incoming MSc Student (Fall 2016) The Holland Bloorview Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship

Visit the Bloorview Research Institute website to read what these recipients had to say about their award win!

RSI Student featured in OT NOW  - 07/25/2016

RSI student, Katherine Stewart has published an article in the OT Now magazine entitled, Working to Promote Occupational Justice Through Social Inclusion. Read the full article in the OT Now March Issue – Volume 18.2.

Katherine Stewart, BASc, MScOT, is a second-year doctoral student in the Rehabilitation Science Institute at the University of Toronto.

The Launch of RehabINK - 06/06/2016

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This digital magazine is an informal academically driven digital publication that was launched on May 10, 2016 during the RSI Research Day event. It was created by a group of talented and passionate graduate students studying at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto (est. September 2015). All submissions are peer-reviewed by the editors prior to publication.

Purpose & Objectives

To unite the rehabilitation sciences community, to increase awareness of rehabilitation science, and to popularize student work
This publication will allow students to:

  • showcase their own original work
  • gain publication experience and grow their CV
  • learn about future careers relating to rehabilitation science
  • spark discussion around an interesting topic

Vision

To create a sustainable student-run publication that allows students to gain experience with journal production and academic writing
Articles seek to reflect the vast diversity of research that is conducted within the rehabilitation sciences sector.

Featured articles will include:

  • original work
  • reviews/critiques
  • opinion/editorial regarding current hot topics

RSI Volunteering Days of Service at the Good Shepherd - 03/28/2016

The Good Shepherd Centre is located at 412 Queen Street East. The centre provides daily food, clothing, and shelter, as well as other services for people in need. 

Their meal service operates from 2-4pm on weekdays, providing free hot meals and snacks within their soup kitchen/cafeteria. A group of 6 RSI students recently began contributing to the Good Shepherd's meal service, by performing a one-hour shift, involving serving food to individuals in need, from within their soup kitchen. Our first day of service at the Good Shepherd was on Monday March 14th, during the 3-4pm shift.

All participating RSI students enjoyed an eye-opening and enjoyable experience, interacting with the patrons and staff, and contributing to the wider community.

Our next RSI day of service at Good Shepherd Centre is scheduled for the afternoon of Monday May 9th. We will be meeting before the volunteering shift at a nearby cafe. 

If you would like to join this event or future RSI days of service, please contact Jaclyn (jaclyn.dawe@mail.utoronto.ca) for further details.

RSI "500 Club": Academic Career Planning Session - 03/18/2016

The 500 club is very pleased to announce the exceptional Academic Career Planning session taking place on Tuesday, March 22 from 2-3 pm at 500 University Ave., Room 841.

Dr. Helene Polatajko and Dr. Emily Nalder will join us for this time session to share their experiences on the academic faculty position and hiring process. This session will  involve an informal Q&A-based format, so please prepare your questions beforehand!

- The 500 Club

RSGSU Guest Speaker Workshop: Laure Perrier - 02/25/2016

For those who missed Dr. Laure Perrier's talk on Research Data Management, please see presentation slides below:

Presentation_RehabSci_Perrier.pdf

For more info, please visit: https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/researchdata

RSI "500 Club" - 02/23/2016

The 500 club is a student-run (RSGSU) initiative developed to support student life within RSI. The club holds monthly meetings to discuss various topics and/or issues that students may encounter through post-grad studies within a Q&A session format. The club also has an online forum where members can connect and chat between scheduled in-person meetings: http://rehabscience.boardhost.com

The next 500 Club meeting is set to take place on: Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at 1:30 pm, Room 841.

See you there!

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