• Nov 19, 2019 from 8:30am to 6:00pm
  • Location: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (Conference Centre 1E200/201) 150 Kilgour Road Toronto, ON M4G 1R
  • Latest Activity: Oct 24, 2019


14th Annual BRI Symposium

About this Event

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Conference Centre 1E200/201

150 Kilgour Road

Toronto, ON M4G 1R8


14th Annual BRI Symposium Theme:

At the Forefront of Radical Change: Transformational discoveries in childhood disability research

The annual BRI symposium is a sought-after event that combines research and the family perspective in highlighting current and upcoming research in childhood disability. The event will feature research talks, poster presentations, breakout sessions, quick hits, a partnership showcase (new for 2019!) and much more!


Join us as we showcase Holland Bloorview’s transformational research discoveries contributing to the most meaningful and healthy futures for all children, youth, and families.


Please see our Symposium Agenda here

For more information and to learn about previous symposiums, click here or contact BRIevents@hollandbloorview.ca


Breakout Session Descriptions (please indicate your first and second choices on the Registration page):

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: its importance and implementation in the research context: Including the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is fundamental to the pursuit of research excellence, and has the potential to advance research and make it broadly accessible. Speakers in this breakout session will focus on the importance of embedding EDI into every aspect of the research process, from creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive research environment, developing a protocol, forming a research team, recruiting participants and disseminating results. Audience members will leave this session with a fulsome appreciation of the importance of integrating EDI principles into the research environment and practical tools to support this important work.


Big data and open access in pediatric disability research: From our bank records and shopping habits to our health data, large volumes of data are collected about us and used to inform decision making across multiple industries. Is big data the way of the future for health research? How do we ethically harness the potential of these data to transform care and improve lives? Moderated by Dr. Azadeh Kushki, this breakout session will unpack these complex and multi- faceted questions. Audience members will be introduced to the concept of big data, how it can be leveraged to inform childhood disability research and health care, as well as the ethical considerations surrounding its use.

The panel will feature a multi-disciplinary group of experts in the field including Ian Stedman, Osgoode Hall Law School, Kirk Nylen, Ontario Brain Institute, and Megh Gupta, Element AI.


Expanding the impact of research through global collaborations: Collaboration at all levels can increase the impact of research, the generalizability of results, the reach of findings and the implementation of results. In this breakout session, senior scientist and professor, Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou will present on how she has successfully established provincial, national and international collaborations to expand the reach and overall impact of her research. The audience will leave with best practices on how to establish and maintain global collaborations and the overall impact these collaborations have on researchers, clients and families, and the community at large.


Arts Based Research: Part II*: Back by popular demand, Dr. Fiona Moola and the Heart lab will expand on how arts based research (ABR) is an evolving and emerging qualitative research methodology that has the potential to innovate and revolutionize pediatric health care environments by focusing on patient and family experience and supporting the attainment of social justice. In this one hour breakout session, presenters will narrate the empirical and methodological opportunities, challenges, issues and merits they have faced in the conduct of ABR over the past 2.5 years, in effect synthesizing and crystalizing our lessons learned. Audience members will have an opportunity to grapple with some of the visual analytic challenges inherent to ABR. At the end of this session, audience members will have a better understanding of ABRs future, how ABR can change academic and hospital environments, the ways in which ABR is compatible with the attainment of social justice and diversity, as well as analytical issues and challenges and possibilities.

*attendance at last year’s session on Arts Based Research, is not required to attend this session


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