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News from the Rick Hansen Institute

Read about the health tech investor event, an exciting initiative with HSO and more!
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Summer 2019

RBC Investor Event

International & Canadian Startups in the Spotlight for SCI-Focused Innovations

Innovative health technologies were in the spotlight at an investor event held last month. Hosted by RBC in partnership with RHI, eight startups pitched their SCI technologies to a panel of experts. 


Taking an Integrated, People-Centred Approach to Standardizing and
Optimizing Care

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Based on the partnership between RHI and Accreditation Canada (AC) which launched the SCI Standards, RHI is pleased to partner with the Health Standards Organization (HSO), an affiliate of AC in order to embark on the next phase of accreditation standards. The goal of this initiative is to further enhance the standards and accreditation processes through the engagement of the SCI community, particularly those with lived experience (both traumatic and non-traumatic).

Learn more about this exciting initiative >

In the following weeks and months, we will be reaching out to our valuable partners on opportunities to participate in the process – please stay tuned! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Charlene Yousefi, Knowledge Exchange Lead at

Give your input on developing a National SCI Strategy

Cense_NationalSCIStrategy_Final2_Edit_Page_01Help shape the next steps of developing a national strategy for Spinal Cord Injury Care, Health and Wellness!

We are working with people within the SCI community and beyond to draw on evidence and expert knowledge to co-create a vision and achieve a national SCI strategy. As a first step we have worked with a team of consultants to develop a plan and would like to hear your thoughts.

Read the report and submit your input by Saturday, August 31st.


RHI Board of Directors Annual General Meeting

RHI Board of Directors and Bill BarrableThank you to our Board of Directors for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the June 26 Board of Directors annual general meeting in Vancouver.

[Dr. Kathy Kovacs Burns stepped down from her position as Board Chair, and Dr. Ian Rigby was appointed incoming Board Chair.] 

Read about recent Board updates >

We're hiring!

Hiring Graphics-02RHI is hiring for various positions. Join our team and help us drive innovation in spinal cord injury research and care within Canada and around the world.

▹ Program Coordinator, Cure & Care
Accounts Payable Clerk
▹ Knowledge Translation Research Assistant


Other News

  • Congratulations to Drs. Chris West, Jacquelyn Cragg, Alexandra Williams from ICORD, and RHI's Dr. Vanessa Noonan on receiving a CIHR Project Grant for the study "Sex-based differences in cardiac function and cardiovascular disease risk in spinal cord injury." We're grateful for collaborations like these through the Blusson Integrated Cures Partnership (BICP)
  • ​Following the RHI-hosted Activity-Based Therapy (ABT) Summit held in Toronto in March, a number of webinars will be held to continue the work and discussion around ABT in Canada. In the first webinar, hosted on June 11, hear from a multi-disciplinary panel of experts on ABT across the continuum of care.
    Watch it on our YouTube channel >

  • How can researchers, clinicians and consumers form stronger bonds? Hear from Gunilla Åhrén from Ryggmärgsskadecentrum Göteborg, Lisa Harvey, Editor-in-Chief of Spinal Cord, and John Chernesky, RHI’s Consumer Engagement Lead.
    Watch the webinar online >


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

The Rick Hansen Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that drives innovation in spinal cord injury research and care. By facilitating an international network of researchers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, people with SCI and their supporters, we strive to improve the lives of people living with SCI in Canada and around the world. 

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