Media Advisory/Launch Event/Photo Opportunity - Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is building one of the most advanced rehabilitation research facilities in the world

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:     Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) will
              nationally launch iDAPT - Intelligent Design for Adaptation,
              Participation and Technology, a one-of-a-kind rehabilitation
              research facility where new and more effective treatments, and
              assistive devices and technologies will be developed to improve
              the lives of individuals recovering from, and living with,
              disabling injury and illness and age-related conditions.

              iDAPT research will push the boundaries of rehabilitation
              science in Canada and beyond by using the most advanced
              technology and equipment, and by providing a research
              environment where ideas can be cultivated, tested and applied
              in the real world.

    WHERE:    Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
              Auditorium, Main Floor, University Centre,
              550 University Avenue, Toronto

    WHEN:     Wednesday, October 3, 2007
              Launch: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
              Tour of existing iDAPT workshops and demonstrations of iDAPT
              research projects and assistive technologies: directly
              following launch until 12:30 p.m.
              (xx)Photo opportunity

    WHO:      Special Guests:

              The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

              Eliot Phillipson, President & CEO, Canada Foundation for

              Peter Lewis, Vice-Dean, Research & International Relations,
              Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

              Barbara Stymiest, Chief Operating Officer, RBC Financial Group

              Geoff Fernie, Vice President, Research, Toronto Rehabilitation

    WHY:      The demand for rehabilitation services is growing and with it,
              the need to develop new and more effective treatments, and
              assistive devices and technologies that will improve the
              quality of life and independence of people with disabilities
              and people as they age.

              Current assistive devices often do not function well in
              challenging environments, like in an inaccessible building or
              home or in icy and snowy winter conditions, or they are not
              attractively designed or as user-friendly as consumers would
              like. iDAPT facilities will enable researchers to safely study
              the complex interactions between people and their environment
              and help people with disabilities adapt to their new
              challenges, and to equip them with innovative and well-designed
              products that they will actually use and benefit from.


    Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) is at the forefront of
one of the most important and emerging frontiers in health care today -
rehabilitation science. Toronto Rehab is one of Canada's leading academic
rehabilitation science centres providing adult rehabilitation services,
complex continuing care, and long-term care. More information is available at:

For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Lovas, Media Relations Specialist, 
Marketing & Communications, Toronto Rehab, (416) 597-3422 ext. 3837,

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