Video: The iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research Opens Today. Toronto Rehab ushers in a new era in rehabilitation science.
Aerospace technology meets rehabilitation research to help people living
with the effects of aging and disabling injury and illness
TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - There is nothing else like it in the
world. A six-degree-of-freedom motion simulator located four storeys
below ground that can recreate different environments, like winter
blizzards and bustling streets, and outperform most flight training
simulators. That is just one feature of what is the most
technologically-advanced rehabilitation research centre in the world.
And it is here in Canada.
The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab), part of the
University Health Network (UHN), today officially opened its
$36-million-dollar research centre - iDAPT (Intelligent Design for Adaptation, Participation and Technology). Located in the heart of Canada's 'Discovery District' in downtown
Toronto, iDAPT is approximately 65,000 square feet of new and renovated
Led by Dr. Geoff Fernie, Institute Director, Toronto Rehab/UHN, iDAPT
laboratories will help "revolutionize rehabilitation science."
"iDAPT research will produce new knowledge, more practical technologies
and innovative treatments that will reduce accidents and illness and
help people overcome disability. We can help people live healthier,
more active and more independent lives," said Dr. Fernie. "This
research will push the boundaries of rehabilitation science in Canada
Scientists and research students from a broad range of engineering and
clinical disciplines all work collaboratively to develop solutions that
will help restore independence and quality of life for people
recovering from injury or illness. Falls are a major cause of injury
and disability for older adults so researchers at iDAPT are studying
how people walk up and down stairs, and how they walk on icy sidewalks
in order to determine how to prevent falls.
"We are redefining rehabilitation. It is now about preventing you from
having an illness, accident or injury in the first place," said Dr.
Fernie. "And if you get sick or have an injury, rehabilitation is what
will get you back home, back to work and back to the activities you
The number of Canadians over the age of 65 will double in the next two
decades. Globally we are facing a healthcare challenge: how to care for
a rapidly aging population when long-term care is not an option.
"Our research includes a big focus on finding ways to help family
members care for each other and remain in their own homes as they age,"
adds Dr. Fernie.
"Much of the work Toronto Rehab is doing here will help people remain in
their homes longer. The HomeLab, for instance, is a living environment
where new assistive devices and adaptive technologies are being
developed to help people stay safely in their home for longer," said
Nancy Lefebre, Senior Vice President, Knowledge and Practice, Saint
Elizabeth. "Supporting people to stay in their homes will reduce the
burden on the healthcare system."
"I know iDAPT research will have a remarkable impact on preventing
injuries and disabilities. I'm confident that this new centre
will lead to advancements that will make a real difference for patients
and their families. I'm excited to see how this research will enable
Ontarians to thrive in their homes longer and live healthier lives,"
said Minister Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
"Our government knows that investing in the people and ideas that will
produce tomorrow's breakthroughs will keep Canada's economy growing,"
said Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour,
on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science
and Technology). "Researchers at this state-of-the-art facility will
develop leading-edge treatments and assistive devices to help people
with disabilities live healthier, more independent lives."
iDAPT's integrated network of 13 different state-of-the-art
laboratories, workshops and other research spaces, are housed at the
hospital's University Centre (550 University Ave., Toronto) and
Lyndhurst Centre (520 Sutherland Dr., Toronto) and in the
Rehabilitation Sciences building at the University of Toronto (500
University Ave., Toronto).
The iDAPT Centre is part of Toronto Rehab's multi-million dollar capital
redevelopment of its University Ave. site. This project, funded by the
Ontario government and Toronto Rehab Foundation involved the
construction of a new patient care tower, with expanded inpatient and
outpatient areas and renovations to the existing facility - the recent
integration with University Health Network will mean that additional
rehabilitation beds will be opened within the University Centre.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
supported this renovation and expansion and the hospital remains
publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.
iDAPT is funded by the federal government through the Canada Foundation
for Innovation and by the Province of Ontario through the Ontario
Innovation Trust and the Ministry of Research and Innovation. Local,
national and international private sector partnerships provided in-kind
contributions. The growing research program at Toronto Rehab is
supported by the Toronto Rehab Foundation and the Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care.
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab), part of the University
Health Network (UHN), is one of North America's leading academic
rehabilitation sciences centres. It is a teaching and research hospital
affiliated with the University of Toronto. For more information, visit www.torontorehab.com.
For more information, videos, and high-resolution photos, go to the
iDAPT social media news release: http://www.torontorehab.com/News---Media/iDAPT-Opening.aspx
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