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Fall 2018



Winners announced in international grant competition to accelerate technology for spinal cord injury

On December 11, RHI, in partnership with IC-IMPACTS and the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) announced the winners of the Canada India SCI Innovation Award – Getting Solutions to Market. RHI CEO Bill Barrable attended the special ceremony hosted at ISIC, in New Delhi.

Rick Hansen SCI Registry 2017 Report – Now Available

The 2017 report includes data from 663 new RHSCIR participants on observed trends in the traumatic spinal cord injury population like age distribution, level and mechanism of injury, where people go after injury to receive treatment, the duration of their hospital stay, and secondary complication information.

RHI receives high marks in Summative Evaluation

RHI recently completed an independent summative evaluation based on our previous (2013-2018) $35-million agreement with primary funding partner Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD).

The biggest finding was that the work of RHI is needed to address and reduce the substantial social and economic burden SCI imposes on persons with SCI, their family, their caregivers, and the health care system.

RHI partners with ONF and the University of Toronto to fund three SCI researchers

Sandra Juutilainen Melanie Jeffrey and Cindy Gauthier

RHI is pleased to announce Drs. Sandra Juutilainen and Melanie Jeffrey as recipients of a postdoctoral fellowship through the partnership between RHI, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, and the University of Toronto’s Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health; and Dr. Cindy Gauthier as the recipient of The Rick and Amanda Hansen Fellowship, in partnership with RHI and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, through the University's Department of Physical Therapy.

Attending Working 2 Walk: A participant's perspective

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RHI was the title sponsor of the annual Working 2 Walk Science & Advocacy Symposium this past October and also sponsored the attendance of individuals across Canada. One of the attendees shares his experience at the Symposium.

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A nationwide initiative for SCI rehabilitation

A physiotherapist with a patient using a walker

Read about the development of the Standing and Walking Assessment Tool in a recent article written by RHI Clinical Liaison, Kristen Walden and published in Synapse, a Canadian Physiotherapy Association publication. 

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Other News

  • After a successful first year of the RHI-Hebrew University BioDesign Partnership, the teams from Hebrew University visited RHI from October 13-14. The intent is to produce original IP with a high potential for commercialization and bring the innovations to Canada. The teams are currently seeking start-up funding for their technologies.

    Meet the people behind UFREE and iCough projects >

  • The North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium (NASCIC) held its second annual meeting in October. NASCIC brings together like-minded organizations, individuals, and groups to improve research, care, and policies impacting people living with SCI, their families, and community. Created as a result of discussions held at PRAXIS 2016, membership is open to any organization whose primary activity is SCI-related as well as individual consumers, with voting rights restricted to only SCI non-profits and consumers.
  • ICORD's 5th International Autonomic Symposium will take place on February 13, 2019. This year's topic is "Women’s health after spinal cord injury." Following the Symposium, a Café Scientifique, sponsored by RHI, will bring together researchers, clinicians and community members to interact and engage in discussion about research and clinical practice for maternal health following SCI.

Happy 10th Anniversary 
Blusson Spinal Cord Centre!

RHI’s home, the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre turned 10 this past November. Watch this video to learn more about what makes Blusson so unique.

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