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Events

Apr
22
Thu
WEBINAR – Aerobic Exercise to Improve Brain Health for Concussion @ online via Zoom
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Guest speaker: Dr. John Leddy
Sponsored by: PoNS ™ and Neurochangers

Speaker Bio:
Dr. John J. Leddy is Professor of Clinical Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the AMSSM, and of the American College of Physicians, and Director of Outcomes Research for the Department of Orthopaedics. He is a Division 1 team physician and Medical Director of the University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic. He is a Member of the Expert Panel for the Berlin Fifth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport and a consultant to the NIH on sport concussion research. In conjunction with Dr. Barry Willer, he developed the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test.

In this presentation, Dr. Leddy will discuss the use of aerobic exercise to treat acute concussion and for patients with persistent post-concussive symptoms.

Apr
29
Thu
WEBINAR – Brain Food – How to Eat for Optimal Brain Health @ online via Zoom
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Brain Food: How to Eat for Optimal Brain Health

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mary Scourboutakos,

Sponsored by: Koru Nutrition Inc.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Mary Scourboutakos holds a BSc and PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto. Mary is a former Vanier Scholar whose research has informed policy debates at Queen’s Park and Toronto’s Board of Health. In addition, she is an avid science communicator who is devoted to spreading the word about the importance of eating-well as a means to prevent disease and live optimally. In spring 2021, Mary will graduate from medical school and plans to pursue family medicine with a focus on diet-related disease.

May
6
Thu
WEBINAR – Cognitive & Neurological Consequences of COVID-19 @ online via Zoom
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Cognitive & Neurological Consequences of COVID-19

Guest Speaker: Dr. Adrian Owen

Sponsored by: McLeish Orlando

Speaker Bio:

Adrian M. Owen OBE, PhD is currently a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging in the Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology and Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He also directs the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness program funded by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and is on the Executive Committee of the CFREF funded initiative BrainsCAN at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr. Owen was previously the Assistant Director of the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge University and the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at Western University.  His research combines structural and functional neuroimaging with neuropsychological studies of brain-injured patients and has been published in many of the world’s leading scientific journals, including ScienceNatureThe New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet.  Adrian Owen is best known for showing that functional neuroimaging can reveal conscious awareness in some patients who appear to be entirely vegetative and can even allow some of these individuals to communicate their thoughts and wishes to the outside world. These findings have attracted widespread media attention on TV, radio, in print and online and have been the subject of many TV and radio documentaries. Dr. Owen has played multiple editorial roles, including 8 years as Deputy Editor of The European Journal of Neuroscience. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and a best-selling popular science book ‘Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death. Dr. Owen was recently awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Honors List, 2019, for services to scientific research.

Description:

As the number of people recovering from the effects of COVID-19 infection continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly clear that many are experiencing ongoing cognitive challenges, including problems with memory, attention, reasoning and simple problem-solving. These issues could be caused by many aspects of COVID-19, from direct viral effects on the brain (such as neuroinflammation, stroke, and autoimmune responses), to indirect effects resulting from inflammation, blood clots, low oxygen levels, sedation and ventilation. Nevertheless, as the worldwide incidence rates of COVID-19 infection exceed 100M, many questions remain unanswered. First, are these cognitive deficits, where they occur, generalised or ‘domain-specific’; that is, do they affect certain cognitive systems more than others and, if so, which cognitive systems are most susceptible? Second, how does the emergence of cognitive deficits following COVID-19 infection relate to the severity of the primary infection? Third, in those patients who are most affected, are these cognitive disturbances temporary, permanent, or do they signal the onset of a neurodegenerative cascade that results in a deteriorating pattern of impairment over time?  Fourth, how does the pattern of cognitive deficits observed following COVID-19 infection relate to other aspects of mental health such as anxiety, depression and fatigue that may be a consequence of the disease process itself, or a more general effect of living during the time of a global pandemic? In this talk, I hope to provide answers to some of these questions through the results of a large, online study of the cognitive sequelae of COVID-19 infection.

May
13
Thu
WEBINAR – Shaping the Brain: The Woman Who Changed Her Brain AND Exercise for Rehabilitation After Brain Injury @ online via Zoom
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Shaping the Brain: The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Guest Speaker: Barbara Arrowsmith

Exercise for Rehabilitation After Brain Injury

Guest Speaker: Enrico Quilico

Sponsored by: Pace Law and Health Wellness Industries Inc.

Speaker Bios:

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is the founder of the Arrowsmith Program, an assessment process and a suite of cognitive exercises designed to stimulate and strengthen weak areas of cognitive functioning that underlie a range of learning difficulties, which has been delivered for 40+ years throughout the world.  Beginning in 1978, her work has been recognized as one of the first examples of the practical application of neuroplasticity.   The genesis of the Arrowsmith Program’s cognitive exercises lies in Barbara Arrowsmith-Young’s journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her severe learning disabilities. Her inspirational book ‘The Woman who Changed Her Brain’ has become an international bestseller and a third edition updated with new research was published in December 2019.  Barbara is the recipient of the 2019 Leaders and Legends Innovation Award from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto for her outstanding contributions to education in Ontario.

Description

In this presentation, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young discusses her journey of discovery and the lines of research she combined to create a cognitive program to identify and address learning difficulties.  A cognitive function framework of understanding behaviour and specific learning difficulties will be explained, insights into learning difficulties from current imaging research and research outcomes of a neuroplastic approach to addressing learning difficulties will be presented, along with principles that drive neuroplastic change. Research investigating the application of this work to those who have experienced TBI is also discussed.

Enrico Quilico is a doctoral candidate who runs a community-based physical activity program for adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). His undergraduate degree is from Concordia University and his graduate degree is from McGill University, where he began his research program in adapted physical activity. Enrico was featured as a 2020 Global Hero, a winner of the 2019 SSHRC Storyteller Competition, and nominated with the 2018 Change-Maker Award by the Neurological Health Charities of Canada.

Description

From first-hand experience with the rehabilitation continuum, to the latest physical activity research, to partnering with the TBI and fitness community in Quebec, Enrico will discuss the ways in which physical activity can improve mood, community participation, and quality of life in the post-rehabilitation context after moderate to severe TBI. Keeping up with the recommended amounts of physical activity is challenging for the entire population, and even more so after brain injury. Therefore, Enrico will address the best-practice methods of fostering positive sport and exercise participation after TBI as well.

May
20
Thu
WEBINAR – Holistic Modalities: Evidence Based Healing of the Brain @ online via Zoom
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Holistic Modalities: Evidence Based Healing of the Brain

Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul Oh

Sponsored by: MedEx Health Services

Speaker Bio:

Paul Oh is Medical Director and GoodLife Fitness Chair, Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at TRI and PMCC, and Associate Professor of Medicine, U of T. He has led or participated in many provincial and national advisory and guidelines committees around heart health and policies. He has authored over 250 peer reviewed publications, and is principal investigator on a number of grants examining exercise, behavioural and educational interventions for the prevention and management of cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

Description

  • discuss importance of physical activity and exercise in brain and heart health
  • describe nutritional approaches to improving cognition and cardiovascular risk
  • share observations from ongoing research in our program connecting brain and heart issues
May
27
Thu
WEBINAR – Empathic Strain & Trauma: Understanding the Essentials During Times of Crisis @ online via Zoom
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Empathic Strain & Trauma: Understanding the Essentials During Times of Crisis

Guest Speaker: Franςoise Mathieu

Sponsored by: Gluckstein Lawyers

Speaker Bio:

Françoise is a Registered Psychotherapist in the province of Ontario and a subject matter expert on topics related to psychological trauma, empathic strain and secondary trauma. Françoise has worked for nearly 25 years in community mental health, crisis intervention and with the military and law enforcement. Françoise’s company TEND developed a training program in 2002 to help professionals recognize and manage the impact of working in high stress, trauma exposed settings.

This program has grown in size and scope since its early inception and TEND is now present across North America, offering training and consulting to a wide variety of workplaces. Françoise has worked with the Los Angeles Police, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Cirque du Soleil, the Chief Coroner’s Office and many other organizations who do high stress exposed work.

Françoise is a TedX speaker and is one of the founding members of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Consortium. She is also the author of “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook” which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as several articles and publications.

Jun
2
Wed
Brain Injury Canada – National Conference (Now Virtual) @ online event
Jun 2 @ 8:30 am – Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm
Jun
3
Thu
WEBINAR – From TBI Survivor to Medical Doctor: My Road to Recovery – A Five Pillar Approach @ online via Zoom
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

From TBI Survivor to Medical Doctor:

My Road to Recovery – A 5 Pillar Approach

Guest Speaker: Dr. Matthew Galati, Founder of Brain Changes Initiative

Sponsored by: VoxNeuro

Speaker Bio:

In 2013, Dr. Matthew Galati, a medical student at the time, suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in a motor vehicle accident. Refusing to accept ill fate, he researched how best to heal and created his own recovery protocol based on revolutionary new science around a brain supporting lifestyle. Against all odds, he recovered fully to complete his medical training and has come full circle as a physician. After finishing his residency training in Family Medicine in 2018, Dr. Galati completed a fellowship in Environmental Medicine which has a strong focus on Functional/Integrative Medicine. As of 2019, Dr. Galati has his own Family Medicine practice with the East GTA Family Health Team and he is also a Hospitalist at rehabilitation hospital, Runnymede Healthcare Centre. In addition to working as a physician, Dr. Galati is the clinical lead for research, being carried out at Toronto Rehab Institute, which is centred around 2 of the pillars he used during his own recovery (intensive physical and cognitive exercise). In 2019, Dr. Galati founded the not for profit organization, Brain Changes Initiative, to fund this ground breaking research being carried out at Toronto Rehab and to provide education, awareness & support for TBI survivors and their families.

Jun
16
Wed
OBIA Annual General Meeting @ Online via zoom - details to follow
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sep
13
Mon
Neurorehabilitation: Assisting Recovery and Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (part 1) @ online via Zoom
Sep 13 @ 8:30 am – Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

Save the Date – Details to follow

Neurorehabilitation: Assisting Recovery and Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (Level 1)

Date: Monday-Tuesday Sept 13-14, 2021 AND Thursday-Friday, Sept 23-24, 2021 (4 days total)

Sep
16
Thu
Awards of Excellence – Virtual Awards Ceremony @ Online via Zoom
Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE!

NEW for 2021 – In support of the brain injury community the member firms of PIA Law, McLeish Orlando Oatley Vigmond and Thomson Rogers, will be donating $50 for each person who registers for the virtual awards being held on September 16, 2021.  All proceeds will be donated to OBIA and the Toronto ABI Network.

Sep
23
Thu
Neurorehabilitation: Assisting Recovery and Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (part 2) @ online via Zoom
Sep 23 @ 8:30 am – Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm

Save the Date – Details to follow

Neurorehabilitation: Assisting Recovery and Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (Level 1)

Date: Monday-Tuesday Sept 13-14, 2021 AND Thursday-Friday, Sept 23-24, 2021 (4 days total)

Oct
28
Thu
Virtual 2021 Provincial ABI Conference @ Online
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – Oct 29 @ 2:30 pm
Nov
19
Fri
Children & Youth with Acquired Brain Injury / Concussion (Level 1) – Online Virtual Classroom @ online via Zoom
Nov 19 @ 8:30 am – Nov 20 @ 4:00 pm

Save the Date – Details to follow

Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injury / Concussion (Level 1) – Online Virtual Classroom

Date: November 19-20, 2021