Approximately 1.5 million Canadians are living with a brain injury. Statistics indicate that 150,000 people in Ontario alone will experience a brain injury each year - more than multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, spinal cord injuries and breast cancer combined.
June is Brain Injury Awareness Month. As home to the leading Brain Injury Rehab program in Canada and the top rehabilitation research centre in the world, Toronto Rehab is advancing understanding of brain injury and helping to better manage recovery.
In 2013, Dr. Matthew Galati (in photo), Founder of Brain Changes Initiative, was involved in a life-threatening motor vehicle accident that left him with a severe Traumatic Brain Injury. He was rushed to the nearest hospital where he was placed on life support. After 3 days, Dr. Galati – then a medical student - emerged from a coma only to discover that he had sustained significant cognitive and physical losses. It was apparent that his chance of returning to his former active life was highly unlikely.
With the help and support of Toronto Rehab, Dr. Galati began his recovery journey. He enrolled in a research study under Senior Scientist and Canada Research Chair (II) in Traumatic Brain Injury, Dr. Robin Green, where his rehabilitation therapies were intensified. And, by September 2013, he returned to successfully complete his Medical Degree and subsequently his Medical Residency program at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine.
Now, a fully licensed physician, Dr. Galati vows to make changes. Through the generosity of family and friends, and in partnership with Toronto Rehab Foundation, Dr. Galati launched the Brain Changes Initiative to fund ground-breaking research aimed to improve the standard of care for Traumatic Brain Injury recovery in Canada - and eventually world-wide.
We are grateful to the Galati family for their personal commitment, generosity and leadership in as we partner to advance knowledge and practice in brain injury rehabilitation.
Read Dr. Galati’s words of gratitude for his team at Toronto Rehab