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Annual BRI Symposium

Holland Bloorview's research institute's annual symposium is a sought-after event that combines research and the family perspective in highlighting current and upcoming research, and engages health professionals, families, scientists, and government in a united discussion on key areas of focus in childhood disability research.The annual BRI Symposium is Canada’s largest hospital-based paediatric disability health research conference that combines research and the family perspective.

The 13th Annual BRI Symposium theme is Advancing the global impact of childhood disability research: Driving forward discoveries for inclusive and meaningful life-changing impact. It will take place on Thursday, November 29.

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This year's theme is an opportunity to showcase the leaps and bounds that Canadian research has made in advancing the field of childhood disability globally through ground-breaking research, discovery, innovation, family engagement, and action. It will feature research talks by experts and leaders in the field, and unearth current issues, challenges and opportunities for the future of childhood disability across the globe.

What's new for 2018

Breakout Sessions

This year’s symposium will feature five exciting and informative Breakout Sessions to choose from upon registration:

  • Innovative, arts-based research methodologies
  • Achieving global impact — perspectives on taking new innovations international
  • Extending the reach of your research by building the right project team: Linking integrated knowledge translation and equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Indigenous perspective on research
  • How to write and share your research in an accessible way

Learn more about each session here.

Artistic Performance & Showcase

We are also excited to present two artistic elements designed to inspire, move, and challenge perceptions of disability in a unique and thought-provoking way. Stay tuned for more details and sneak peeks into both!

Mickey Milner Keynote

The highly-esteemed Mickey Milner keynote will be presented by Dr. Christine Imms, Professor of Occupational Therapy, Australian Catholic University. Dr. Imms has a long-standing interest in understanding participation outcomes of those with childhood-onset neuro-disability. Using a range of methods and approaches, her research has predominantly involved children and young people with cerebral palsy, and been focused on describing patterns of participation, developing measures, designing and testing interventions of relevance to occupational therapy practice.

Dr. Imms will present a talk titled 'Living a good life: How participation research is challenging our
childhood disability foci'.


Previous Symposiums

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