CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship
Established by ONF in partnership with University of Toronto, Dr. Jawad Chishtie was awarded the one-year post-doctoral fellowship in September 2018 with ONF as his primary host site. Dr. Chishtie reviews and analyses data from a variety of sources to increase the understanding of SCI health care utilization in Ontario. His approach is based on the application of visual analytics in data analysis. He will also develop a data analysis toolkit.
Fellowship in Indigenous Health
Sandra Juutilainen is the one-year post-fellow in indigenous health at Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto and is based at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. This fellowship on opportunities to increase capacity in SCI research in Ontario that is specifically focused on the province’s Indigenous population living with spinal cord injury. Dr. Juutilainen’s work is being done in collaboration with Dr. Melanie Jeffery who has an 18-month post-doctoral position.
Amanda and Rick Hansen Fellowship in Physical Therapy
This two-year fellowship has been awarded to University of Toronto student Cindy Gauthier. Her research project is titled assessment of orthotic and therapeutic effects on functional electrical stimulation (FES) during meaningful functional tasks training program in people with spinal cord injury. Her work will focus on application of FES to improve balance and upper limb function.
ONF and RHI are planning formal evaluation of the Ontario Spinal Cord Injury research. An evaluation committee has been set up with representatives from ONF and RHI.
Health Economics Fellowship
Established to build capacity to conduct and share economic evaluations in the field of neurorehabilitation specifically in relation to SCI. Fellow Dr. Brian Chan will focus on home care; economic studies in spine trauma, attendant care, neuropathic pain and fractures; and virtual care platforms as part of his current research at the Toronto.