RSI Research Day

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RSI Research Day
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
9:00 am – 5:30pm
MacLeod Auditorium & Stone Lobby
1 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3K1

>>RSI Research Day 2019 - Abstract Book<< 

Abstract submission and Registration: March 31
To register, please visit:

Internal Deadline: April 12
External Deadline: April 26

Program at a Glance:

For full program, click here

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM      


Poster Set-up

Macleod Auditorium 

Stone Lobby

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM  

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Angela Colantonio, PhD, RSI Director
Dr. Trevor Young, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Dean, Faculty of Medicine (tentative)

Macleod Auditorium

9:50 AM – 10:10 AM

RSI Scholarships and Endowed Awards Presentation

Macleod Auditorium

10:10 AM – 10:40 AM    

Morning Session 

Dr. Nick Reed, PhD
Senior Clinician Scientist and Occupational Therapist,
Concussion Centre, Bloorview Research Institute

“To Tweet or not to Tweet: The Twitter Experiences of a Pediatric Concussion Researcher”

Dr. Marina B. Wasilewski, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing,
University of Toronto and Saint Elizabeth Health Care

Desperate times call for Twitter measures: Overcoming the challenges of traditional recruitment strategies

Macleod Auditorium

10:40 AM – 11:00 AM

Special Remarks:

Dr. Michael Strong, MD, PhD, FRCPC, President, CIHR


Macleod Auditorium

    11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

    Networking Break

    Macleod Auditorium

    11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    Student Presentations: 3 Minute Presentations

    Macleod Auditorium
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Keynote Speaker:

    Alison Cernich, Ph.D
    Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR)

    "Emerging Innovations in Rehabilitation Research"

    Macleod Auditorium
    1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

    Lunch and Networking

    Macleod Auditorium (Foyer)

    1:10 PM - 1:40 PM

    Poster Judging Session 1

    Stone Lobby
    1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

    Poster Judging Session 2

    Stone Lobby
    2:15 PM - 3:10 PM

    Panel Discussion

    “Engaging Patients in Research”

    Facilitator: Dr. Sharon Gabison, PhD
    Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN;
    Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto.

    • Dr. Janet Parsons, PhD
      Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science & Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute,
      St. Michael’s Hospital; Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

    • Enrico Quilico, PhD Student
      Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto

    • Dr. Shannon Scratch, PhD, C.Psych.,
      Centre for Leadership in Acquired Brain Injury, Bloorview Research Institute

    • Additional patient panelists to be announced

    Macleod Auditorium

    3:10 PM – 3:20 PM


    Macleod Auditorium/Stone Lobby

    3:20 PM – 4:10 PM

    Student Presentations: 7 Minute Presentations

    Macleod Auditorium

    4:10 PM – 4:40 PM    Awards Ceremony & Wrap-up

    Macleod Auditorium

    4:40 PM - 5:30 PM

    Networking with Reception

    Stone Lobby

    *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, Yana Yunusova at      


    Keynote Confirmed

    Alison Cernich, Ph.D
    Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR)
    "Emerging Innovations in Rehabilitation Research"

    Alison Cernich, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. She provides oversight for the portfolio of NCMRR and works within NIH to coordinate rehabilitation research. She serves on multiple interagency strategic planning committees and government oversight committees for major research initiatives in the federal government relevant to disability and rehabilitation research.