Research/iDAPT

Toronto Rehab is home to the top rehabilitation research centre in the world. The iDAPT (Intelligent Design for Adaptation, Participation and Technology) Centre for Rehabilitation Research brings together the brightest research minds and state-of-the-art technology. 

An extensive network of research labs, workshops and services credited with revolutionizing the science of rehabilitation, iDAPT provides a unique space where ideas can be cultivated and tested in a real-life setting. Cutting-edge and simulator technologies allow researchers to safely study how adults with disabilities interact with their environment. iDAPT enables researchers to deliver practical new therapies and well-designed products to enhance the lives of older people and those with disabling injury or illness.

Led by Dr. Geoff Fernie, Research Institute Director, scientists, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conduct research activities in eight broad areas.  Read about our Research Chairs

Scientists work closely with clinicians, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others to translate our discoveries into action. Toronto Rehab moves research findings into practice and ideas into marketable products so that people can benefit as soon as possible.

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Toronto Rehabilitation – Research Snapshot

Toronto Rehab’s research program solves problems in three areas:

  1. Prevent disability
  2. Restore function
  3. Enable independence

Toronto Rehab’s research labs are located at four sites: University Centre (550 University Ave.), Lyndhurst Hospital and Toronto Rehab’s Cardiac and Stroke Centre (Rumsey Road) and the Bickle Centre (Dunn Ave).

2016 Statistics:
65,378 sq. ft. Research Space 
$17,551,095 External Funding 
445 Publications 

23 Senior Scientists 
22 Scientists 
65 Affiliate Scientists 
110 Total Appointed Researchers 
6 Clinical Researchers 
116 Total Researchers 

30 Fellows 
93 Graduate Students 
123 Total Trainees 

117 Total Staff 

Dr. Geoff Fernie Bio

Dr. Geoff Fernie, Research Institute Director and Senior Scientist, has led the growth of Toronto Rehab’s research enterprise to become one of the most advanced rehabilitation programs in the world.

A pioneering research scientist, his scope encompasses prevention of injury and disease and helping people with disability to live at home and to pursue a life of greater independence.

A biomedical engineer by training, Dr. Fernie’s passion is the search for practical solutions to the common problems of daily living for an aging population and for people who live with different forms of disability. 

He has helped facilitate the development of products, including innovative wheelchairs and lifting devices that empower independence. For over thirty years, he has been providing opportunities and possibilities for individuals who live with disability and helping change the way people perceive disability. Learn more

Dr. Fernie is the inaugural recipient of The Honourable David C. Onley Award in recognition of extraordinary service to Canadians who live with disability. Learn more