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Spotlight on Research Breakfast

The Spotlight on Research Breakfast (SORB) and Symposium is held annually, hosted by the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital to highlight the many achievements of Glenrose researchers, academic partners and industrial collaborators. The event provides a unique opportunity for researchers, healthcare providers and industry professionals to learn about current research in addition to offering an excellent opportunity for networking.

Distinguished keynote speakers from past events include:

Pathways to Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

On October 20, 2016, the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital hosted its 12th Annual Spotlight on Research Breakfast. Keynote speaker, Dr. Carol Schall, captivated the audience with her in depth knowledge and enthusiasm about exploring Pathways to Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), highlighting current research regarding employment outcomes for youth and young adults with ASD.

Dr. Schall’s address was very timely as the GRH Autism Research group is among world leaders in ASD research and treatment. In addition, the increased incidence of ASD requires everyone to better understand the condition and to search for more opportunities to find meaningful employment for autistic youth as they transition to adulthood.

Global TV reporter/anchor, Shallima Maharaj, emceed the event to over 460 guests, including Dr. Verna Yiu, AHS President and CEO, Colleen Turner, AHS Vice-President, Community Engagement and Communications, Deb Gordon, AHS Vice-President and Chief Health Operations Officer, Northern Alberta, Dr. Anita Molzahn, Chair of the Health Sciences Council, University of Alberta and the Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Guests enjoyed an intriguing morning of networking with colleagues, healthcare and industry professionals, an informative keynote address and learning about the various contributions students, researchers and academic partners make to rehabilitation medicine through the research poster symposium.

A Master Class led by Dr. Schall and Dr. David Nicholas was subsequently held with over 80 participants (parents, clinicians, community members, educators and experts) to assist in facilitating change to prepare youth and young adults with ASD to successfully transition from school to employment upon graduation.

Research Poster Symposium

The research poster symposium was aimed at stimulating discussions of recent advances, experiences and challenges as well as providing an opportunity to showcase cutting-edge research within rehabilitation medicine. Abstracts discuss and report on initiatives, projects, collaborations, research, innovations or program evaluations that have taken place or are currently taking place related to issues impacting GRH patient populations.

2016 SORB Poster Award Recipients

Fundamental Research

1st Place Dr. Lori-Ann Sacrey, Autism Research Centre, GRH/Department of Pediatrics, UA
A Novel Parent Report Questionnaire of Early Signs of ASD: Autism Spectrum Screen for Infants

2nd Place Quinn Boser, MSc Student, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, UA
Comparison of Anatomical and Cluster Based Upper Body Marker Models

Honorable Mention Andrew Chan, PhD Student, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, UA
Accuracy and Precision of Motion Capture Cameras for Idiopathic Scoliosis Image Guidance System

Honorable Mention Maliheh Ghaneei, MSc Student, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UA
Improving Marker-less Surface Topography Asymmetry Measurements for Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis

Clinical Research

1st Place Scott Wilson, Department of Social Work, Patient & Family Centered Care, GRH
Nurturing Authentic Patient Engagement: Families Co-Leading the Development of a Transitional Portal

2nd Place Kristina Kuffel, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, UA
The Mobili-T – The Development of a Swallow Detection Algorithm for Remote Swallowing Therapy

Honorable Mention Dr. Jennifer Klein, Senior Consultant, HIT/Specialized Geriatrics, GRH
The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital’s Healthcare Improvement Team: An Innovative Model for Supporting Quality Improvement

Honorable Mention Dr. Mary Forhan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Occupational Therapy, UA
The Importance of Anthropometric Measures for Rehabilitation Patients: Evaluation of a Practice Behavior Change