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Spring 2019

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Researcher Spotlight:
Q&A with Dr. Dorothy Barthélemy

Dr. Dorothy Barthélemy, a leading researcher in spinal cord injury (SCI), is fascinated by why some people with SCI regain their ability to balance and walk over time – and others do not. We sat down with Dr. Barthélemy and asked her some questions about her clinical and laboratory SCI research.

RHI-Hebrew University of Jerusalem BioDesign Partnership featured in BCBusiness

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RHI's commercialization partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is featured in the April issue of BCBusiness, available online and in print. 

Read about the work to develop commercially viable products for individuals with SCI that has come out of this partnership launched in 2017.

Read the story >

The best of Spinal Cord 2017-2018

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Two of RHI's publications are featured on Spinal Cord's collection of most popular articles for 2017 and 2018.

"An analysis of ideal and actual time to surgery after traumatic spinal cord injury in Canada" and "Evidence-based scientific exercise guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury: an update and a new guideline" were among the most cited, read and shared publications in 2017 and 2018.


Read them both >

Journal of Wound Care's 5th International Conference on Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention

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Find out the latest in research and care by attending the Journal of Wound Care's 5th International Conference on Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops from April 26-27.

RHI is sponsoring a plenary speaker and travel grants for 5 individuals with SCI to attend.


Read more >

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La version française du rapport RHSCIR 2017 est maintenant disponible! 

The French version of the RHSCIR Annual Report 2017 is now available!

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We're hiring!

Hiring Graphics-02RHI is looking for a Program Coordinator, Cure and Care to join our team. This position will coordinate administrative activities and operations of projects in our Cure and Care programs.

Read more and apply >

Other News

  • RHI hosted an Activity Based Therapy (ABT) Summit in Grp Pic-2 5 Toronto on March 1-2 that brought together a diverse group of 38 stakeholders. The goal of the Summit was to synthesize current knowledge of ABT and create a Canadian ABT Strategy for SCI and develop a 5 year action plan of priorities needed to move this field forward.

  • In February, RHI supported a Café Scientifique at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre in conjunction with the 5th 20190213-IAS2019-1 4International Autonomic Symposium. The event was held in partnership with ICORD and SCI-BC and brought together people with SCI, their families and supporters, researchers and clinicians to exchange knowledge about women’s health and develop networks for partnering on potential projects. This event was videocast and can be viewed on SCI-BC’s Facebook page.
    Watch the livestream >


  • In February, RHI was invited to attend the National Institutes of Health's SCI 2020: Launching a Decade for Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research conference, held in Bethesda, MD. The goal of the conference was to initiate discussion across the SCI research community to launch a new decade of research that disrupts traditional barriers and brings about collaborative efforts to address the key research questions in spinal cord injury research
    Watch the livestream >
    (A panel including RHI's Consumer Engagement Lead, John Cherneskyon the importance of including people with lived experience throughout the entire research process begins around 5:15:03.)


  • In February, CliniQuick officially launched at the Interdisciplinary Spasticity Management Service at GF Strong. The mobile app, developed by RHI’s software and development team, is designed to increase the speed and effectiveness of knowledge translation by providing measures and metrics to validate practice improvements. This app was developed through close collaboration with Dr. Patricia Mills and the spasticity clinic at GF Strong.


Do you have a recently published RHI-supported publication? Share it with us by emailing or tagging us on Twitter @rhinstitute!

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