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Recap of Open House Tuesday, November 29

Written by: Matthew Querée, Rehab Research Lab


The Rehabilitation Research Program ( recently hosted an Open House at their lab in the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, British Columbia’s largest rehabilitation facility providing inpatient and outpatient clinical and support services. Faculty and Graduate students showcased their research in Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Concussion, Robotics, and Assistive Technologies to approximately 100 clinicians, researchers and members of the community.


Full article, pictures, and a list of abstracts here. 



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Please join us for an Informal Discussion with Dr. Bonnie Swaine:

How to Improve Rehabilitation Services to Persons Living with a Physical Disability 

Bonnie Swaine, PT, PhD is full professor of the Physical Therapy program, Université de Montréal, as well as scientist and co-scientific director of CRIR, the Centre for interdisciplinary research in rehabilitation of Greater Montréal.  Her research focuses on examining and improving the quality of rehabilitation services (e.g. Dance Therapy, Rehab interventions/programs for persons with a traumatic brain injury). Since 2011, and through the RehabMaLL project she co-leads, she has developed an expertise in using a Living Lab approach to study how environments (physical and social) can facilitate participation of persons with a disability.

DATE:    January 31st, 2017

TIME:    12pm-1pm

PLACE:  GF Strong Rehabilitation Center

4255 Laurel St, Vancouver

Social Services Seminar Room



Thank you to all who attended our presentations this year: 

“Informal Labour in the Medical Tourism Industry: The Roles and Responsibilities Taken on by Canadian Medical Tourists’ Friends and Family”

UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Visiting Scholar Lecture

Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University

DATE:    Thursday January 26th 2017

TIME:    2:30-3:30pm

PLACE:  Department of OS&OT Lab 4,

3rd Floor, UBC Hospital Koerner Pavilion

When people pay privately for and privately arrange health care in another country, they are taking part in what is popularly known as medical tourism. Often reported as a multi-billion dollar sector, the global medical tourism ‘industry’ relies heavily on the unpaid and typically unskilled labour of the friends and family who accompany these patients abroad. In effect, they are shadow workers in an industry that thrives on their unpaid work. In this presentation I will critically examine the roles and responsibilities taken on by this group of informal caregivers—and particularly while they are abroad in unfamiliar settings and far removed from their own personal support networks—and will conclude by offering recommendations for ways to protect their health and safety.

Valorie Crooks is a Professor in the Department of Geography, SFU, and Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies. A health geographer by training, Dr. Crooks is interested in the spatial and place-based dimensions of health and health care. She has an ongoing interest in understanding lived experiences of accessing needed/wanted health and social care services. Because of this experiential focus, she primarily engages in non-hypothesis-testing qualitative research, or leads qualitative components of mixed-methods studies. Her research interests are best characterized by four areas of inquiry: (1) disability and chronic illness; (2) primary health care; (3) palliative health and social care; and (4) medical tourism.



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Research day

Our annual Research Day will be  on  May 3, 2017!





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