Congratulations to Dr. Brokoslaw Laschowski, affiliate scientist at UHN's KITE Research Institute, for receiving the University of Toronto's 2022 Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine (T-CAIREM) Best Trainee Rounds Award.

This award recognizes research that investigates innovative applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine. The top 10 applicants for the award received an opportunity to present their research before a panel of AI in health care leaders who then selected a winner.

This award also recognizes Dr. Laschowski's PhD and postdoctoral research which showed for the first time the feasibility of using deep learning, an advanced form of machine learning, to automatically recognize images of human-robot walking environments with high accuracy and speed.

"It's always an honour to be recognized for your research, especially from the Temerty family who have long been supporters of artificial intelligence in medicine," said Dr. Laschowski who is one of the principal investigators with the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Rehabilitation Team at KITE, an assistant professor (status) in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and an affiliate faculty member with the Robotics Institute at U of T.


Congratulations to Anita Kaiser and Anna Huynh, for receiving the 2023 TD Graduate Scholarship for Students with Disabilities and to Kiah Spencer for receiving the merit award. All are trainees at UHN's KITE Research Institute.

The awards, funded by TD Bank, support students with disabilities who are either a part of, or plan to be enrolled in, a rehabilitation-related graduate program leading to a master's or doctoral degree. Recipients receive scholarships worth up to $20,000 to cover academic and disability-related expenses.

Anita's PhD project seeks to develop and validate a tool that tracks participation in activity-based therapy for people with spinal cord injury or disease in a community-based setting. The data generated from this tool will assist with treatment planning for individual patients and inform system-wide health decisions.

Anna's research focuses on developing a shared decision-making tool for managing bulbar symptoms in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Kiah's research investigates the utilization of focused transcranial ultrasound stimulation to alleviate tremor for patients with Parkinson's disease.

"Promoting the activities of rehabilitation science researchers who have diverse experiences and perspectives enriches the scientific field and enhances its overall strength," said Dr. Jennifer Campos who is a KITE Senior Scientist, Associate Director, Academic, and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the U of T.


Congratulations to Dr. Hance Clarke, Director of Pain Services and the Pain Research Unit at Toronto General Hospital, for being named the GoodHope Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Chair in Translational Medicine at UHN and U of T.

"Hance's appointment marks a significant step forward in the clinic's relentless pursuit to improve the lives of EDS patients," says Dr. Keyvan Karkouti, Head, UHN's Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management. "This Chair will support the robust work to translate cutting-edge research into tangible, compassionate care, ushering in a new era of hope and healing."

Dr. Clarke is also the Knowledge Translation Chair for the U of T Centre for the Study of Pain, an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at U of T, and the incoming President of the Canadian Pain Society.

Thank you to Mark Feldman and Alexandra Hoy, who made this chair possible through their incredible support via UHN Foundation


Congratulations to Gabriela Melo Ghisi, affiliate scientist at UHN's KITE Research Institute, for winning the Best Journal Paper Award at the World Heart Summit.

Dr. Ghisi was recognized for her work studying the impact of COVID-19 on cardiac rehab delivery, winning best journal paper. Dr. Ghisi received the award for leading global surveys that looked at more than 1,000 cardiac rehab programs around the globe in order to identify the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on cardiac rehabilitation delivery.

Findings from this project helped identify gaps and barriers in delivering cardiac rehab during the pandemic.

The World Heart Summit is a gathering of leaders in government, business, civil societies and academia where global challenges about cardiovascular health are discussed.

Dr. Ghisi's research focuses on patient education in chronic disease management and global access to cardiac rehabilitation. She is also an assistant professor (status only) in the Physical Therapy Department at the U of T.

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