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The mission of PEARL (Possibility Engineering and Research Lab) is to conceptualize, develop, and evaluate innovative technologies that create possibilities for young people with disabilities to participate more meaningfully in arts, music, physical activities, and therapies.

Our team works extensively in the development of virtual reality therapies and in the creation of interactive play spaces that are accessible to young people of all abilities in healthcare environments.

The PEARL lab is highly interdisciplinary and applies a user-centred, participatory design approach to ensure the needs of key stakeholders (children, families, clinicians) are met. The core values underlying our research endeavours are: innovation, clinical impact, evaluation, and translation.

What's new in the PEARL Lab?

December 9, 2019
Alex MacIntosh successfully defends his PhD!

November 19, 2019
At Bloorview Research Institute's 14th Annual Research Symposium, Elaine Biddiss wins Best Supervisor Award! Daniela Chan-Viquez and Danielle DuPlessis receives Graduate Student Awards! Congrats to all!

September 17, 2018
Globally recognized neuroscientist joins Holland Bloorview to establish world-class paediatric imaging research program
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May 3, 2017
Canadian jazz artist Chris Donnelly joins PEARL lab on a six-month residency
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February 17, 2017
BRITE Awards for Excellence
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