RSI Research Day

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RSI Research Day
Thursday, May 10th, 2018
9:00 am – 5:30pm
Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre
89 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1

>>RSI Research Day 2018 - Abstract Book<<

Abstract submission and Registration:

Internal Deadline: March 12th
External Deadline: April 9th

Program at a Glance:

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9:00 AM – 9:30 AM      


Poster Set-up

2nd Floor

Ballroom West

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM   

Faculty & Student Assembly

Anita Balakrishna, M.Ed (cand), LLB (law), BA (Honours)
Diversity Strategist, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
“Pathways to Inclusion: The Opportunities and Challenges of Journeying Beyond Diversity”

Ballroom Centre

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM Refreshment Break Ballroom West
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM    

Opening Remarks:    

Dr. Angela Colantonio, PhD, RSI Director

Dr. Trevor Young, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost,
Relations with Health Care Institutions, University of Toronto

Ballroom Centre

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Student Presentations: 3 Minute Presentations

Ballroom Centre

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Refreshment Break

Ballroom West
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Keynote Speaker:

Mr. Antony Duttine, DrPH (cand), MSc
Advisor on disability and rehabilitation at the Pan American Health Organization
"Rehabilitating Rehabilitation: How Will Science Shape the Future of our Profession?"

Ballroom Centre
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Lunch and Networking

Ballroom Centre & West

1:10 PM - 1:40 PM

Poster Judging Session 1

Ballroom West
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Poster Judging Session 2

Ballroom West
2:15 PM - 2:55 PM

Student Presentations: 7 Minute Presentations

Ballroom Centre

2:55 PM – 3:05 PM


Ballroom West

3:05 PM – 3:55 PM

Panel Discussion

Synergy of Successful Mentorship
Facilitator: Dr. Stephanie Nixon, PhD PT

  • Dr. George Mochizuki, PhD

  • Dr. Elizabeth Rochon, PhD

  • John Shepherd, MSc Student

  • Tyler Saumur, PhD Student

Ballroom Centre

3:55 PM – 4:40 PM    Awards Ceremony & Wrap-up

Ballroom Centre

4:40 PM - 5:30 PM

Networking with Reception

Ballroom West

*All RSI & SLP research stream students must attend the Research Day.*
*All 2nd year MSc students and 3rd+ year PhD students must present at the Research Showcase.*

If for any reason you cannot attend or present, please notify the graduate coordinator, Dina Brooks at      


Keyonote Confirmed - April 19

Mr. Antony Duttine, DrPH (cand), MSc
Advisor on disability and rehabilitation at the Pan American Health Organization
"Rehabilitating rehabilitation: how will science shape the future of our profession?"

Antony Duttine is the advisor on disability and rehabilitation at the Pan American Health Organization, the Regional Office of the Americas for the World Health Organization. In this role, Antony is responsible for providing support to the 52 member states and territories contained within the Region on the issue of disability and rehabilitation. A physiotherapist by profession Antony worked in the UK health service for several years, before embarking on a career in international health and development. He worked in Namibia for two years as a VSO volunteer and then spent 7 years with Humanity and Inclusion (formerly Handicap International), initially in Afghanistan and then working on global rehabilitation advocacy. He joined PAHO in September 2017. Antony is also a research fellow and doctoral student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where his research focus is around the development of a support programme for families of children with congenital Zika syndrome.

Rehabilitation has been largely overlooked in the global health and international development agenda.  However, there is a growing sense that this may be slowly changing within the new sustainable development goal era.  In this talk, Antony Duttine will give his perspectives on how rehabilitation has been (and often continues to be) perceived from different actors and sectors and what we, as a sector, must do to ensure that we keep pace with global developments in continuing to show the value of our work.  Central to this endeavor is the growing importance of rehabilitation science and the role of data in the coming decades.

Guest Speaker Confirmed – April 19

Anita Balakrishna, M.Ed (cand), LLB (law), BA (Honours)
Diversity Strategist, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Anita Balakrishna is currently the Diversity Strategist at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. Her main areas of interest, experience and expertise over the past 15 years have been in human rights advocacy, the promotion of equity in workplaces and academic environments, and inclusion policy and practice within organizations.  Anita has worked as a human rights lawyer, community advocate for law reform, college professor, conflict resolution specialist, and human rights and diversity educator.  She is currently pursuing an M.Ed in Adult Education and Community Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and is also training as a yoga therapist.


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