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Interdisciplinary Conference in Rehabilitation Science of BC (INCREASE BC) is a collaborative initiative between the UBC Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rehab Research Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), and the UBC Rehabilitation Sciences Executive Committee.

The mission of INCREASE BC is to improve research in rehabilitation, which enables us to advance collaborative rehabilitation care and improve the lives of people living with disabilities, injuries, and chronic health conditions in British Columbia. 

Event Details

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Chan Auditorium, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

** Zoom option is available for attending oral presentations, Lunchtime Keynote speech, and the GF Strong Professorship Lecture.

Click HERE for Event Program and Abstracts

 Conference Learning Objectives
  • To describe three ways in which interdisciplinary collaboration of innovative technology can benefit rehabilitation research and/or practice
  • To evaluate challenges to interdisciplinary care and methods of enhancing patient outcomes through interdisciplinary care
  • To describe strategies to integrate artificial intelligence in rehabilitation
  • To recognize the relevance of interdisciplinary research

Follow the link to access the affiliation and conflict-of-interest declaration of the Scientific Planning Committee and Podium Presenters.

08:30 am: Registration and Check in
09:00 am: Conference Introduction
09:10 am: Oral Presentations: Session 1
10:20 am: Networking | Refreshment Break
10:30 am: Poster and Interactive Learning: Session 1
11:30 am: Networking | Lunch Break
12:00 pm: Keynote Address – Dr. Lillian Hung, ‘Empowering care: Bridging technology and compassion in transdisciplinary collaboration.’
01:00 pm: Oral Presentations: Session 2
02:00 pm: Networking | Refreshment Break
02:10 pm: Poster and Interactive Learning: Session 2
02:20 pm: 3-Minute Thesis Competition
03:10 pm: Networking | Refreshment Break
03:20 pm: Oral Presentations: Session 3
04:20 pm: Networking | Refreshment Break
04:30 pm: GF Strong Professorship Lecture – Dr. Wendy Wong, ‘We the Data: Human rights in the digital age.’

Lunchtime Keynote

Dr. Lillian Hung

Empowering Care: Bridging Technology and Compassion in Transdisciplinary Collaboration

Dr. Lillian Hung is the founder and head of IDEA lab (Innovation in Dementia & Aging). Her research examines how technology and the environment impact the care experiences of persons with dementia. She has expertise in patient-oriented research and knowledge translation. She is committed to facilitating connectivity between academia and practice, working collaboratively with interprofessional practitioners to find practical solutions to address pressing problems in care settings.

Learning objectives of this section:

  • Challenges in Patient and Family Collaboration: Participants will be able to identify the key challenges of involving patients and their families in the technology research to ensure meaningful participation.
  • Complexities in Collaborating with Frontline Staff: Participants will be able to describe the unique challenges of collaborating with frontline healthcare staff in technology innovation. 
  • Innovative Strategies: Attendees will be able to identify creative strategies to navigate the complexities of the adoption of technology. 
  • Technology Implementation: Participants will be able to recognize the importance of transdisciplinary engagement and collaboration. 

G.F. Strong Professorship Lecture

Dr. Wendy Wong

We, the Data: Human Rights in the Digital Age

Dr. Wendy Wong is a Professor of Political Science and Principal’s Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan (located on Sylix Okanagan Nation Territory). She received her PhD from the University of California, San Diego, a top political science program in the United States. She is the author of the book, We, the Data: Human Rights in the Digital Age, published by MIT Press. She has written two other award-winning books, Internal Affairs and The Authority Trap (with Sarah S. Stroup), both published by Cornell University Press. She has penned dozens of peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and has appeared in outlets such as the CBC, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and The Conversation. Dr. Wong has been awarded grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, among other granting agencies.

In a discussion about Wong’s book, attendees will gain insight into:

  • Challenges posed by datafication on personhood: Participants will understand how data about our daily, minute-to-minute activities fundamentally changes the human experience.
  • Applying human rights in the digital age: Participants will see how “plug and play” methods to apply human rights in analog situation to the digital context do not work well, because of the nature of data about people.
  • The role of corporations as governors: Participants will understand how “Big Tech” is big beyond financial terms, and what this means for various social and political institutions
  • Why data literacy can help create data stakeholders: Participants will learn the link between data literacy and stakeholdership, and why AI governance needs us all to engage with both of these activities. 

Call for abstracts

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Register the event

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  • INCREASE BC 2024 is free for all to attend
  • The day is open to researchers, rehabilitation clinicians, physicians, students, and those with an interest in rehabilitation science and research.
  • Deadline of registration: April 7, 2024