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Background

The development, evidence-based assessment and successful deployment of new innovations at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (GRH) is often hampered by the lack of mechanisms and support to allow meaningful interactions between clinicians, physicians, patients and families, industrial concerns, academia and funding groups. It is for this reason that a dedicated research, innovation and technology hub (GRRIT) has been created.

The overall goal is to more directly develop innovative ideas into meaningful improvements in the quality of life for people with physical and cognitive impairment in both the clinical and community environments. In addition, GRRIT assists in developing new opportunities for the industrial and academic collaborators that will create economic benefits for AHS(GRH) and the wider community. Through the use of existing AHS resources coupled with funding provided by the GRH Foundation and external funding agencies/groups, GRRIT will develop the mechanisms and provide the support in a flexible form to allow appropriate collaborations with the dual purpose of improving the lives of our clients and their families while creating opportunities for our collaborators and partners.

GRRIT will provide flexible support for technical assistance, release time for physicians and clinicians, traineeships and small amounts of specialized equipment for projects that fit into its mandate. It is not meant to control research and innovation occurring in the Glenrose but is available for projects that can lead to improvements in the quality of life for our patient populations and their caregivers. To date funding for GRRIT has been made available through the National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program, Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education and the federal Western Diversification (WD) Program.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Gary Faulkner, Director
Rehabilitation Research & Technology Development & GRRIT
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
10230 – 111 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5G 0B7
Phone: 780-735-6132
Email: gary.faulkner@albertahealthservices.ca

Lois Macklin, Senior Consultant
Rehabilitation Research & Technology Development & GRRIT
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
10230 – 111 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5G 0B7
Phone: 780-974-6450
Email: lois.macklin@albertahealthservices.ca

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