Health Innovation Series

Learn. Discover. Be Inspired.

Toronto Rehab’s Health Innovation Series provides events that feature topical lectures by leading Toronto Rehab experts. Guests gain access to timely information on the latest advancements in rehabilitation and research. Talks are open to members of the public. 

We are on the cusp of a silver tsunami of seniors that has major implications for our healthcare system, the economy and society. Every single day for the next 20 years, over 1,000 Canadians will turn 65. By 2030, close to 8 million Canadians will be over 65.

On May 2nd, join us to hear experts from business, health care and research speak on the imminent impact of a rapidly aging population. Learn how innovative research and technology are providing new opportunities to improve the delivery of care and allow older Ontarians to live their lives independently and to the fullest.

  • Dr. Geoff Fernie, C.M. has a passion for practical solutions to the daily problems of an aging population and as the former Director of Research at Toronto Rehab made it home to the world’s top rehabilitation research centre.
  • Dr. Samir Sinha is the architect of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy and an expert on health policy and the delivery of care to the elderly.
  • Wayne Millar offers a private sector perspective on what the trends of an aging demographic will mean to the Canadian economy and society.

Register today at www.healthinnovationseries.com or RSVP by April 27th to Henry Zajac at (416) 597-3422 ext. 3967 or henry.zajac@uhn.ca.

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Time: 7:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Toronto Rehab, University Centre Auditorium,
550 University Avenue, 2nnd Floor


Light breakfast will be served. Sponsored by Likrilyn Capital Corporation.

Past Health Innovation Series topics include:

  • Heart Health Matters - View Webinar
  • Tackling Pain and the Opioid Crisis - View Presentations
  • Sleep Apnea: Why It Matters - View Presentations 
  • Mental Health and Disability: Brain Health = Mental Health - View Presentations
  • Dementia: Stemming the Tide - View Presentations
  • Concussion Across the Spectrum of Injury: The Latest Diagnosis & Management
  • The Future of the Home: Learn more
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES): Pioneering Developments for Paralysis
  • Brain Injury: Research and Therapies to Transform Outcomes
  • Transforming Stroke Outcomes
  • The Impact of Exercise On Diabetes Management
  • Leading the Way to a Healthier Heart


Heart Health Matters

Heart disease currently affects nearly 2.4 million Canadians and is the second leading cause of death in Canada. Ninety per cent of us have at least one risk factor. On February 27, 2018, Dr. Paul Oh, Toronto Rehab’s renowned expert in cardiac prevention and rehabilitation offered an engaging presentation on 10 steps to a healthier heart and a healthier life. Watch webinar



Tackling Pain and the Opioid Crisis

An estimated 6 million Canadians—or about one in five of us—suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain. It is a condition that is complex, poorly understood, and can lead to an over-reliance on opioid medications. On November 28, 2017 our experts explored the issue of pain and its proper management, including steps taken by Toronto Rehab to help stem Canada’s opioid crisis.
Learn more about Tackling Pain and the Opioid Crisis

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Why Sleep Matters

Disorders like chronic sleep loss and sleep apnea put us at greater risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and motor vehicle accidents. Toronto Rehab is an international leader in sleep medicine including sleep apnea, which affects nearly 2 million Canadians or about 10% of adults. As Canada’s leading adult rehabilitation hospital, Toronto Rehab has the expertise to provide innovative solutions for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. On June 13, 2017, our leading specialists shared important information on new treatments, technologies and research.
Learn more about Sleep Apnea: Why it Matters 

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Mental Health and Disability: Brain Health = Mental Health

Mental health and physical health are fundamentally linked. Global estimates indicate that 15% of people live with disability (World Health Organization 2014) and that those living with chronic health conditions such as brain injury and dementia experience depression and anxiety at twice the rate of the general population. As Canada’s leading adult rehabilitation hospital, Toronto Rehab has unique expertise in developing innovative solutions to enhance brain and mental health for people living with disabilities. On April 11, 2017 our experts led an important discussion about Toronto Rehab’s mental health strategy.
Learn more about our vision for a mental health strategy  

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Dementia: Stemming the Tide

With approximately one new case diagnosed every five minutes in Canada, now is the time for accelerating progress and increasing hope in the battle against brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. On November 23, 2016 guests learned about how Toronto Rehab is pioneering new paradigms of care plus new technology and research that are allowing earlier diagnosis. View the presentations by some of our experts: