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The 17th Annual BRI Symposium

Rethinking Childhood Disability: Imagination, Innovation, Inclusion

The Bloorview Research Institute is pleased to host the 17th Annual BRI Symposium on Monday, November 14th.

Held virtually this year, Canada’s largest hospital-based research conference on pediatric disability will shine a bright light on how scientists, researchers and trainees are advancing this field through ground-breaking research, discovery, innovation, family engagement and action.

The symposium has been generously sponsored by the Ontario Brain Institute and SADA (Bronze Partner).

 

Register now

Thanks for your interest in attending the 17th annual BRI Symposium. The symposium will be held virtually this year on Pheedloop, a secure event management platform. 

Click on this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-17th-annual-bri-symposium-tickets-434398867707

Event Agenda
Time    Event     
9:00 to 9:15 am  Welcome Remarks    
9:15 to 10 am

Re-imagining the Future of Childhood Disability Research

Moderator:

  • Dr. Kate Einarson, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Panelists:

  • Zachary Rayment, current client and Holland Bloorview ambassador
  • Maria Walker, Registered Practical Nurse, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and a former client at Holland Bloorview
  • Dr. De-Lawrence Lamptey, Postdoctoral fellow, York University 

 

10 to 10:05 amMorning Break
10:05 to 10:30 amQuick Hits Research Presentations  
10:30 to 10;40 amHands-on application of sky-high technology: How biometrics and AI combine to improve patient outcomes
Presented by: Michael Ames, Senior Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences, SADA
10:45 to 11:30 amBreakout Sessions
 

Re-imagining the Possibilities of Inclusive Play Infrastructure and Programming

Moderator:

  • Dolly Menna-Dack, Clinical Bioethicist and Youth Engagement Strategy Lead, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Panelists:

  • Dr. Tim Ross, Scientist, EPIC Lab at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital's Bloorview Research Institute, and an Assistant Professor (status) with University of Toronto's Department of Geography and Planning
  • Dr. Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Associate Professor of Disability and Physical Activity within University of Toronto's Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
  • Jennifer Leo, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation - The Steadward Centre, University of Alberta
 

Bootle Blast - On the Journey of Gamifying Therapy 

Moderator:

  • Sharon Wong, Director of Commercialization, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Panelists:

  • Dr. Elaine Biddiss, Senior Scientist, PEARL Lab at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital's Bloorview Research Institute
  • Gavin Brauer, CEO, Pearl Interactives
  • Iveta Lewis, Manager, Health Sciences Library and Corporate Archives, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Daniela Chan Viquez, University of Toronto PhD student and research trainee at PEARL Lab

    Sponsored by SADA
11:30 am to 12:30 pmVirtual Poster Sessions & Industry Exhibitor Booths
12:30 to 1:15 pm

Mickey Milner International Professorship Keynote: Autonomy through Research & Design: Imagination, Innovation & Inclusion

Presented by: Dr. Jamie Borisoff, director of British Columbia Institute of Technology’s MAKE+ Applied Research, and former Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation Engineering Design

1:15 to 1:25 pm   Afternoon Break
1:25 to 
1:35 pm     
Sound.colLAB: A unique co-creation project that celebrates neurodiversity through music                                                                                           
1:35 to 2:00 pmTribute to Dr. Tom Chau's Leadership as VP, Research & Director, Bloorview Research Institute
2:00 to 
2:30 pm
Awards Ceremony & Closing Remarks

 

Accessible Event Program

Check out the fully accessible BRI Symposium Event Program to learn more about this year's speakers, panel sessions, our industry showcase, research posters and lots more!

Quick Hit Research Presentations

Each year, the Bloorview Research Institute welcomes over 100 graduate and doctoral students, otherwise known as trainees, from universities across Canada and beyond to study alongside some of the world’s leading scientists and gain first-hand knowledge on the latest advancements in childhood disability research. The BRI symposium is one of several events where these trainees can showcase their research to a broad audience. This year, a committee comprising family leaders, scientists and staff chose the top five students ‘quick hit’-style research presentations from over 22 submissions. These students will present their compelling research in three minutes as a research pitch. Audience members, pay attention! You’ll have a chance to test your memory with a fun pop quiz!

  1. Research on the sexuality of youth with physical disabilities focuses on sexual abuse - but misses so much more! 
    Presenter: Madison Giles
    Authors: Madison Giles and Drs. Clara Juando-Prats, Amy McPherson, and Dionne Gesink
     
  2. CyKey: See-through, Gaze-optimized Text Entry in augmented reality head-mounted display as an Alternative and Augmentative Communication System 
    Presenter: Mahya Mirbagheri
    Authors: Mahya Mirbagheri, Tom Chau
     
  3. The feasibility of transcranial direct current stimulation as an adjunct to inpatient physiotherapy for children and youth with acquired brain injury 
    Presenter:  Jennifer Ryan
    Authors: Jennifer Ryan, Virginia Wright, Darcy Fehlings, Danielle Levac, Deryk Beal
  1. Evaluating the reliability of a shape-capturing process for transradial residual limb using a non-contact scanner 
    Presenter: Calvin Ngan
    Authors: Calvin Ngan, Harry Sivasambu, Sandra Ramdial, Jan Andrysek
     
  2. Exploring the extent and nature of disordered eating in adolescents and young adults with spina bifida and hydrocephalus: An interim analysis
    Presenter: Revi Bonder
    Authors: Revi Bonder, Shauna Beaudoin, Paige Church, Marie Hooper, Melissa Thorne, Alene Toulany, Amy C. McPherson
Research Poster Presentations

At the Bloorview Research Institute, scientists, researchers and trainees are co-creating innovative research with clients and families to unlock a world of possibilities and create healthier and meaningful futures for families.

Here are this year’s research poster presentations featured during the symposium from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please stop by and have a chat with our presenters to learn more about their incredible research.

NUMBER

AUTHORS

TITLE

POSTER PRESENTER

1

Kristina Fuentes, Shaelynn Hsu, Stuti Patel, Sally Lindsay

More than just double discrimination: A scoping review of the experiences and impact of ableism and racism in employment

Kristina Fuentes

 

2

Hiba Al-Hakeem, Andrea Hickling, Tess Bardikoff, Brendan Lam, Danielle Duplessis, Kylie Mallory, Christine Provvidenza, Andrew Lovell, Carlin Miller, Shannon Scratch

 

Exploring the Feasibility of Move&Connect: Experiences of Youth with Prolonged Post-Concussion Symptoms and their Caregivers with a Virtual Group-based Interdisciplinary Intervention

 

Hiba Al-Hakeem

 

3

Maria Falcon Obregon, Marlie Clark, Virginia Wright, Sandra Ramdial, Ilana Naiman, Lisa Artero

 

Getting the Prosthetic Upper Limb Functional Index (PUFI-2) into clinical use: examining international clinicians’ experiences using the new web-based version of the measure.

 

Lisa Artero

 

4

JA Brian, E Dowds, K Bernardi, A Velho, M Kantawalla, N deSouza.

 

Piloting a Sustainable Parent-Mediated Intervention for Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Goa, India: Partnership, Training Model and Initial Outcomes

Kate Bernardi

 

5

Revi Bonder, Shauna Beaudoin, Paige Church, Marie Hooper, Melissa Thorne, Alene Toulany, Amy McPherson


Exploring the extent and nature of disordered eating in adolescents and young adults with spina bifida and hydrocephalus: An interim analysis

 

Revi Bonder

6

Jessica Brian, Erin Dowds, Kate Bernardi, Ian Roth, Sara Daoud, Sanne Jilderda, Stacey MacWilliam, Abbie Solish, Isabel Smith, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Susan Bryson

 

Active Ingredients of a Parent-Mediated Intervention for Toddlers with Emerging Autism Spectrum Disorder or Related Social Communication Challenges

 

Jessica Brian

 

7

Isabelle Caven, Melanie Penner

 

Clinician Perspectives on the Acceptability of Pediatric Autism Therapies: A Mixed Methods Study

 

Isabelle Caven

 

8

Nurin Chatur, Christina Ippolito, Laura McAdam

 

Experiences of and perspectives on bullying in youth with Myopathies

 

 

Nurin Chatur

 

9

Erin Dowds, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Isabel Smith, Jessica Brian

 

A descriptive case series of the infant Social ABCs parent-mediated intervention for babies with emerging signs of autism spectrum disorder or related social communication challenges

 

 

 

Erin Dowds

 

10

Danielle DuPlessis, Emily Lam, Lucy Xie, Nick Reed,  Virginia Wright, Elaine Biddiss, Shannon Scratch

 

Multi-Domain Assessment of Concussion Recovery: a Scoping Review

Danielle DuPlessis

 

11

Kathleen Einarson, Yasmin Elliott, Gillian King, Lisa Chiarello, Matthew McLarnon

 

Self-Report Measures of Engagement for Children and Youth: An Integrative Review

 

Kate Einarson

 

12

Aliaa Gouda, Dr. Jan Andrysek

 

Development and Evaluation of Rhythmic Stimulation Based Biofeedback Systems for Lower-Limb Amputee Gait Training

 

Aliaa Gouda

 

13

Nilou Hashemi, Deryk Beal, Trina Mitchell, Tom Chau

 

The Brain during Movement Execution and Movement Observation in Children

 

Nilou Hashemi

 

14

Shaelynn Hsu, Vanessa Tomas, Sally Lindsay

 

Discovering autistic youth and young adults’ experiences of workplace disclosure

 

Shaelynn Hsu

 

15

Christina Ippolito, Emilie Hill-Smith, Marco Deguise, Hanns Lochmuller, Hugh McMillan, Laura McAdam

 

Bullying experiences of youth with Myopathiesor Spinal Muscular Atrophy and their well-being: A survey study

Christine Ippolito

 

16

Jason Leung, Masuma Akter, Tom Chau

 

Mindset – A Practical and Affordable General-Purpose BCI Access Solution

 

Jason Leung

17

Sally Lindsay, Shaelynn Hsu, Sharmigaa Ragunathan, John Lindsay

 

The impact of climate-change related extreme weather events on people with pre-existing disabilities and chronic conditions: A scoping review

 

Sally Lindsay, John Lindsay

 

18

Sally Lindsay, Kristina Fuentes, Sharmigaa Ragunathan, Luiza Lamaj, Jaclyn Dyson

 

Ableism within health care professions: A systematic review of the experiences and impact of discrimination against health care providers with disabilities

 

Sharmigaa Ragunathan, Luiza Lamaj, Jaclyn Dyson

 

19

Sally Lindsay, Kristina Fuentes, Vanessa Tomas, Shaelynn Hsu

 

Ableism and workplace discrimination among youth and young adults with disabilities: A systematic review

 

Sally Lindsay, Kristina Fuentes, Shaelynn Hsu

 

20

Avery Longmore, Danielle Baribeau and the POND Network Investigators

Predictors of Depression in Autism–A Longitudinal Study using Data from the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders (POND) Network

 

Avery Longmore

 

21

Rayan Magon, Lisa Kanigsberg, Melanie Penner

Evaluating Project ECHO Autism’s Effectiveness: A Content Analysis of Community Physicians’ responses on the uptake of recommendations

 

Rayan Magon

 

22

Mahya Mirbagheri, Tom Chau

 

CyKey: See-through, Gaze-optimized Text Entry in augmented reality head mounted display as an Alternative and Augmentative Communication System

 

Mahya Mirbagheri

 

23

Christine Muscat, Sarah McCabe, Iveta Lewis, Angela Morgan, Deryk Beal

 

Neural mechanisms driving speech and language recovery following childhood stroke: A scoping review.

 

Christine Muscat

 

24

Ilana D. Naiman, Jessica Brian, Kelly P. Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Virginia Wright

 

Personalized Enjoyment Questionnaire (PEQ): Exploration of the usability of a new self-report tool for children with ASD in relation to motor skill performance

 

Ilana Naiman

 

25

Calvin Ngan, Harry Sivasambu, Sandra Ramdial, Jan Andrysek

 

Evaluating the reliability of a shape capturing process for transradial residual limb using a non-contact scanner

 

Calvin Ngan

 

26

Laura Bowman, Dolly-Menna Dack, C.J. Curran, Laura Thompson, Jean Hammond, Jan Magee, Ivona Novak, Anna Oh

 

Co-creation of a Transition Resource for Youth, Families, and Partners for the Transition to Adult Life

 

Laura Bowman, Anna Oh

 

 

27

Diana Tajik-Parvinchi, Kate Einarson, Amy C. McPherson, Shauna Kingsnorth, Jan Willem Gorter, Gillian King

 

Personal Growth in Youth with Disabilities: The role of residential immersive life skills programs

 

Diana Tajik-Parvinchi

 

28

Tithi Paul, Paige France, and Azadeh Kushki

 

Strategies for Increasing Diversity of Representation in Autism Research: A Rapid Review

 

Tithi Paul

 

29

Gillian King, Eric Smart, Laura Bowman, and Madhu Pinto

 

Social participation program principles: Synthesizing evidence regarding programs and services for young people with disabilities

Madhu Pinto

 

30

Marija Pranjić, Michael Thaut & Tom Chau

 

Moving to the beat: Examining the role of auditory perception in motor coordination abilities among children using a multimodal neuroimaging approach

 

Marija Pranjić

 

31

Sabine Sanchez, Calvin Ngan, Harry Sivasambu, Elaine Ouellette, Neil Ready, Jan Andrysek

 

Design of a diagnostic forearm for transradial prosthesis

 

Sabine Sanchez, Calvin C Ngan

 

32

Shalaine Sedres, Zehra Kamani, Dr. Tim Ross

 

Program Options for Accessible Playgrounds in Education and Pediatric Health Care Settings

 

Shalaine Sedres

 

33

Michelle Servais, Gillian King, Patricia Baldwin, & Sheila Moodie

 

Exploring Solution-Focused Coaching Conversations to Develop Clinician’s Listening and Communication Skills

 

Michelle Servais

 

34

Lambert, M., Sheldrake, E., Deneault, A-A., & Scratch, S. E.

 

Depressive Symptoms in Individuals with Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis

 

Elena Sheldrake

 

35

Josh Shore, Danielle DuPlessis, Emily Lama, Fanny Hotze, Ajmal Khan, Stephanie McFarland, Andrea Hickling, Michael Hutchinson, F. Virginia Wright, Nick Reed, Elaine Biddiss, Shannon Scratch

 

R2Play Development: Fostering User-Driven Technology that Supports Return-to-Play Decision-Making Following Pediatric Concussion

 

Josh Shore

 

36

Eric Smart, Anna Oh, De-Lawrence Lamptey, Alana Armas, Alex Neff, Steph DeMartino, Melissa Thorne, Heather Keating, Mikayla Hjorngaard, Holly Yip, Gillian King

 

Strengthening friendships and sense of belonging for young persons with disabilities: A holistic framework

 

Eric Smart

 

37

Daniela Testani, Heather Shearer, Flora Wan, Darcy Fehlings

 

Investigating predictors of participation from pre-school to school age in children with cerebral palsy

 

Daniela Testani

38

Vanessa Tomas, Shaelynn Hsu, Shauna Kingsnorth, Evdokia Anagnostou, Bonnie Kirsh, Sally Lindsay

 

Co-design and usability testing of a disability disclosure decision aid tool for Canadian autistic youth and young adults

 

Vanessa Tomas, Cameron Lau

 

39

Clarissa Yu, Emi Wong, Juliana Gignac, Meaghan Walker, Tim Ross

 

Experiences of Paediatric Healthcare Built Environments among Children with Disabilities and their Families: A Scoping Review

 

Clarissa Yu