Dr. Mark Bayley named the Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury Research

Toronto Rehab Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Bayley, Medical Director of the Brain & Spinal Cord Rehab Program, has been named the incumbent of the Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Research.

The Saunderson Family Research Chair was created in 2003 through a generous donation from William and Meredith Saunderson who have a long-standing relationship with Toronto Rehab. Supporting research that focuses on the causes of brain injury, and the development and evaluation of rehabilitation treatments to improve recovery, the Chair also enhances efforts to prevent head injuries, and to improve quality of life for people living with these injuries.

As a Clinician-Scientist at Toronto Rehab and an Associate Professor in the division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto, Dr. Bayley has made significant contributions to the treatment of brain injuries worldwide.

At Toronto Rehab, Dr. Bayley leads a variety of research projects that examine strategies to promote neurological recovery, and how to develop new models of clinical rehabilitation and knowledge translation. His belief in facilitating research in all aspects of clinical programming has led to the success of the Balance, Falls and Mobility Clinic, as well as the Upper Extremity Clinic, where both researchers and clinicians work together to provide exemplary patient care.

Dr. Bayley is identifying, measuring and standardizing the most effective approaches to neurological rehabilitation. “We need to be sure which components of rehabilitation are the most effective,” he says. Dr. Bayley treats people with brain injuries and stroke; he and his colleagues are one of the first groups to study how to implement best practices in the area of Brain injury and Stroke Rehabilitation.

Alongside his important clinical and research endeavours at Toronto Rehab, Dr. Bayley has made a substantial impact on the way brain injury is understood and treated globally. In 2010, Dr. Bayley hosted an international expert panel to identify priorities for knowledge translation in the field of Neurotrauma. The outcome of the panel was an audit tool to measure adherence to best practice guidelines in Cognitive Rehabilitation worldwide.

The Saunderson Family Chair appointment will allow Dr. Bayley to continue advancing three main fields of research: neurological recovery of both cognitive and physical function after an injury to the brain; guidance for brain injury clinicians via user-friendly apps for smartphones and online; and rehabilitation delivery systems to optimize cost-effectiveness and quality of life outcomes for those living with a brain injury. 

Dr. Bayley currently holds a number of community appointments and leadership roles, including: Chair, Brain Injury Committee, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation; Chair Steering committee for the Concussion Strategy for Ontario; Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences; Scientist, Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery; Co-chair, Stroke Expert Panel Developing Quality Based Funding Procedures, Health Quality Ontario; Co-chair, Program Committee, Canadian Stroke Congress; Chair, and member of the Stroke Reference Group, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Toronto Rehab Foundation congratulates Dr. Bayley on this appointment.

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