Research Chairs

Research chairs expand the horizons of rehabilitation science and showcase Toronto Rehab’s international leadership in rehabilitation research, provide a continuous and reliable source of income to fund research, and secure commitment between Toronto Rehab and renowned professionals within the rehabilitation science field.

Established with generous private donor support and a contribution from the University of Toronto, Toronto Rehab currently has six research chairs. For more information on how to fund a Research Chair at Toronto Rehab please contact Cindy Yelle, President and CEO at 416-597-3040.

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Research Chairs at Toronto Rehab

Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury Research
Supporting research that focuses on the causes of brain injury, and the development and evaluation of rehabilitation treatments to improve recovery, this chair also enhances efforts to prevent head injuries, and to improve quality of life for people living with these injuries. 

Chair Holder: Dr. Mark Bayley

Toronto Rehab Chair in Cardiac Rehabilitation
This Chair focuses on chronic disease management and rehabilitation through exercise therapy, education and lifestyle change.

Chairholder: Dr. David Alter

The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Chair at the University of Toronto
Research aimed at optimizing the health care system so that people receive the best rehabilitation care in the most efficient and cost-effective way is the focus of this Chair established through a partnership between Toronto Rehab and the University of Toronto. 

Chair Holder: Dr. Susan Jaglal

The Clifford Nordal Chair in Sleep Apnea and Rehabilitation Research
This Chair helps expand and accelerate specialized research, teaching and clinical work to improve diagnosis and develop new treatments surrounding this complex disorder. Care and quality of life are being enhanced while relieving the burden of sleep apnea and its cardiovascular complications on the health care system.  Watch video about BresoDx®, a new detection device.


Chairholder: Dr. T. Douglas Bradley

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research
The fields of engineering and biology are growing at rapid speed, with life-altering implications for people with spinal cord injury. Funded by Toronto Rehab Foundation, this Chair supports research that uses engineering and biological knowledge in creative new ways to enhance recovery.  Watch video featuring MyndMove Stimulation Therapy.

Chair Holder: Dr. Milos Popovic

Barbara G. Stymiest Chair in Rehabilitation Technology Research
Supporting the development of innovative technologies and modifications to the environment that help people with disabilities manage more effectively, this Chair was made possible by donors to Everything Humanly Possible: The Campaign for Toronto Rehab.  Learn more about the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics team.

Chair Holder: Dr. Alex Mihailidis



Chair Bios

Dr. Mark Bayley
Dr. Bayley is Medical Director of the Brain & Spinal Cord Rehab Program. 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. He 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. 
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Dr. Susan Jaglal
Dr. Jaglal is a Senior Scientist and the Optimization of the Rehabilitation System Team Leader at Toronto Rehab. She is a Full Professor in U of T’s Department of Physical Therapy with cross-appointments to the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science and Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Dalla Lana School of Public Health. A Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences, she is a Senior Researcher at Women’s College Research Institute. She has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. She is currently the Vice-President of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
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Dr. Milos Popovic
Dr. Popovic is a Scientist at Toronto Rehab and Associate Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research interests are in developing neuroprostheses for stroke and spinal cord injury patients, brain-machine interfaces, assistive technology and neurorehabilitation. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto, and holds a diploma in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade.
Watch Dr. Popovic in Stimulation Therapy: A Wake-Up Call for Muscles
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Dr. Alex Mihailidis
Dr. Mihailidis is Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto with a cross appointment to the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. He has been conducting research in the field of pervasive computing and intelligent systems in health, specifically focused on the development of intelligent home systems for elder care and wellness, technology for children with autism, and adaptive tools for nurses and clinical applications. Dr. Mihailidis is also Joint Scientific Director of AGE-WELL, the first Canadian network of researchers, community stakeholders and industry partners that will develop and commercialize new technology to keep older adults in their homes safely and longer. A biomedical engineer by training, Dr. Mihailidis holds a PhD in Biomedical/Rehabilitation Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. 
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For more information about the Research Chairs, please visit the UHN website.