News Bites

ONF 2016/17 Financial Statements now available

At the Annual General Meeting on June 20, 2017, the Board of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation approved the financial statements for the year 2016/17. These are now available for review on the ONF website

Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee reviews progress to implementation

Rowan Stringer was 17 years old when she died in May of 2013 as a result of brain injuries following a series of three sports-related concussions over a one week period. Forty-nine recommendations were delivered by the jury at a Coroner’s inquest. Rowan’s Law was passed in June of 2016 and the Rowan’s Law Expert Advisory Committee has been working on the practicalities of implementing the 49 recommendations with its report due in September. This includes co-ordinating youth concussion protocols, training for coaches, awareness and education to reduce the incidence of concussion.


The Committee met in mid-May on the anniversary of Rowan’s death. Back Row: Warren Hoshizaki, Jennifer Knox, Paul Hunter, Eric Lindros, Kent Bassett-Spiers, Chris Markham. Middle Row: Rosie MacLennan, Elisabeth White, Susan Kitchen, Rosana Salvaterra, Charles Tator. Front Row: Dan Cass, Kathleen Stringer, Gordon Stringer, Louise Logan

Toronto hosted Global Implementation Conference, GIC 2017

Organizations and researchers focused on translating research outcomes into practice gathered in Toronto June 19 – 21 to share the most current knowledge on implementation science on the theme of “Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems.” Speakers, panellists and workshops explored successful implementation strategies including infrastructure requirements, systems and supports, evaluation of readiness for change, etc. ONF is one of the leaders in moving research to evidence-informed practices through its regional, provincial, national and international collaborations and partnerships. ONF Injury Prevention Program Director Hélène Gagné served on the conference Planning Committee.

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Reducing the incidence of brain injury should be on everyone’s mind throughout the year but June is the month when special emphasis is given to raising awareness about the personal, health system and societal costs of acquired brain injury. The Ontario Brain Injury Association and other organizations involved in the care and treatment of those with acquired brain injury have a series of events planned during the month.

Dr. Michael Fehlings recognized with David Lostchuck Memorial Research Award

The Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) recognized the many contributions to the research and care of those living with SCI in presenting the inaugural inaugural David Lostchuck Research Award to Dr. Michael Fehlings. The award recognizes Dr. Fehlings for his leadership and accomplishments in advancing SCI research in CaMichael_fehlings_recognitionnada. Dr. Fehlings is the Director of the Spinal Program at the Toronto Western Hospital, Medical Director of the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at the University Health Network and Co-Lead of the Ontario SCI Research Network. Barry Munro and Anne Kaiser of CSRO presented Dr.Fehlings with the honour at the recent Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Research Network conference. The award was created in honour of long-time CSRO treasurer David Lostchuck who died earlier this year. 

Road safety focus for TBI, SCI tweets

Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries were a focus for ONF tweets in support of National Road Safety Week (May 14 – 20). The link between road collisions, TBI and SCI is significant with more than 50 percent of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries occurring as a result of a road or off-road collision between motor vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, ATV and snowmobiles as well as pedestrian collisions with vehicles.

LHIN services delivery, other mandates move to HSSO

Health Shared Services Ontario (HSSO) recently evolved to take on the health service delivery responsibilities including home care support, finance and administration previously held by the province’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks and associated Community Care Access Centres. LHINs continue to have responsibility for overall planning and funding of all health services.

Loop now connected to U of T library

The Loop Library Service is now aligned to the Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto (HSICT) at the University of Toronto. HSICT members collaborate to provide specialized services and cost effective access to online health information resources. This means that Loop members now have access to the U of T library resources. Loop members need only request the assistance of the Information Specialist if they are looking for health care publications or other resources. More than 71,000 healthcare professionals, educators, researchers and students access the Consortium’s online health information resources.

Upcoming conferences

Concussion in Women and Girls, September 23

The Canadian Concussion Centre, UHN Krembil Neuroscience Centre and the University of Toronto are presenting the conference at the BMO Education and Conference Centre, September 23. Invited speakers will present on the latest research & developments in prevention, diagnosis, management/intervention and policy. Researchers and clinicians are invited to attend. More information and registration is available here.

Making a Difference:

2017 Acquired Brain Injury Provincial Conference, November 1 – 3

The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) in collaboration with the participating Community Associations is holding the 2017 Acquired Brain Injury Provincial Conference in Niagara Falls. The conference curriculum is targeted at ABI rehabilitation professionals as well as people living with the effects of ABI. Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario More information is available here.