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Speaker Series

The Speaker Series featured Nancy Botting (PT’92), who spoke on the theme of “Leadership in Rehabilitation” in November; in March, 2017, Dr. Samir Sinha talked about “The Potential Promise, Pitfalls and Peril of Mobile Technologies in Enabling Care for Our Aging Population”; and in May Dr. Mary Forhan finished the Series with the keynote address “The role of Rehabilitation Science and Therapy in Promoting Wellness for Persons Living with Obesity .at the 19th Student Rehabilitation Research Colloquium.

Third in the Series – "Emerging Patterns of Health and Disease" featuring Dr. Mary Forhan

The role of rehabilitation science and therapy in promoting wellness for persons living with obesity.

The complexity of obesity has been underestimated and until recently, neglected by rehabilitation scientists and practitioners. Rehabilitation science and therapies are well poised to address the biological, psychological and sociological factors that contribute to participation in activities and life roles known to enable wellness and promote health for persons living with obesity. This presentation will highlight rehabilitation research and clinical practices that address issues identified by persons living with obesity including weight bias and stigma, access to quality healthcare and participation in the activities of everyday living.


Second in the Series – “The Impact of Mobile Technology" featuring Dr. Samir Sinha

The Potential Promise, Pitfalls and Peril of Mobile Technologies in Enabling Care for Our Ageing Population.

The answer to our everyday problems is increasingly receiving the response – ‘there’s an APP for that!’ With ever growing buzz around the potential for driverless cars, mobile technologies and the general ‘uberization’ of our lives – does the advent of mobile technologies hold the answers to finding better ways to care for our ageing population? In this lecture, Dr. Samir Sinha will explore some of the promising aspects that futurists tell us technology will deliver society and what some of the early perils and pitfalls have further taught us on our journey to find better ways to care for our ageing population.   


First in the Series – “Leadership In Rehabilitation” featuring Nancy Botting  

Speaking on the theme of Leadership in Rehabilitation, Nancy Botting (PT’92), shared her professional journey, beginning as a Physical Therapy student who dreamed of working with Canada’s Olympic athletes. Now, 25 years later, in addition to her recent role as Chief Therapist for Team Canada at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, she is a clinical lecturer at the University of Toronto and the owner of a successful physiotherapy practice. Nancy described how she transformed her aspirations into reality, and what it takes to lead in her field of rehabilitation.