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It is my sincere pleasure to extend an invitation to you to the inaugural International Conference on Aging, Innovation and Rehabilitation (ICAIR) in Toronto, Canada on Monday, May 25, 2020. This unique event is designed to drive cross-collaboration across multiple disciplines by attracting the world’s leading scientific, health-care, engineering and entrepreneurial minds.

As our populations age, health systems in Canada and around the world must plan for an incoming tidal wave of demand for health services and treatments. We also have a duty to develop new treatments, cures and solutions that can help those living with disease and disability. Doing so has the potential to improve quality of life and help people live in their homes longer.

The ICAIR organizing committee is dedicated to helping advance the development of new products, services, treatments and research that can significantly enhance the lives of the disabled, elderly and those living with long-term illness. We invite you to join us in Toronto at the meeting point of care, research and education as we investigate new frontiers for the treatment of Aging, Innovation and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Milos R. Popovic
Chair, ICAIR organizing committee

The International Conference on Aging, Innovation and Rehabilitation (ICAIR) is a an important cross-disciplinary event that brings together the leading researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs currently working to improve the lives of people around the world who live each day with the impacts of illness, disability and aging.

Why Attend

ICAIR is a unique conference destination designed to help researchers, academics, students, entrepreneurs and other innovators share research and academic success stories, build and foster relationships across disciplines, and encourage cross-pollinations of communication, research and ideas.

Your Host

ICAIR is being hosted jointly by The KITE Research Institute at the University Health Network (UHN) and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) at the University of Toronto and includes significant input and participation from other clinical, and research institutions and hospitals.

For Authors

The International Conference on Aging, Innovation and Rehabilitation (ICAIR) will showcase cutting edge research from Toronto and around the world.

Here’s what to expect when you submit a poster for consideration:

  • Every trainee registrant will have the option of submitting a poster, which will be reviewed by the ICAIR scientific advisory committee. Only one, first authored poster can be submitted per person and only trainees are eligible to present. Selected posters will receive notification of acceptance.
  • Individuals submitting posters will also be asked to indicate if they would like to be considered for a three minute talk on the main stage. To qualify for a talk, you must submit an extended abstract along with your poster.
  • Lastly, you will be asked to indicate if you would like your research to be considered for publication in a Special interdisciplinary Issue of the Journal of BioMedical Engineering Online. Your submission will require approval from your academic advisor and will be peer reviewed by the ICAIR scientific advisory committee. To qualify for a manuscript submission, you must also submit an extended abstract along with your poster.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Please contact Majid Janidarmian at majid.janidarmian@uhn.ca if you have any further questions.

ICAIR Scientific Committee

Milos Popovic, Ph.D., PEng (General Chair)

Jenny Campos, Ph.D.

Nora Cullen, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Majid Janidarmian, Ph.D.

Mohit Kapoor, Ph.D.

Pia Kontos, Ph.D.

Sri Krishnan, Ph.D.

Bridgette Murphy

Larry Robinson, MD, FABPMR

Kate Sellen, Ph.D.

Taufik Valiante, MD, Ph.D., FRCSC

Yana Yunusova, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

ICAIR Keynote Speakers

Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University and author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press). She has studied the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine for over fifteen years and speaks widely on issues of innovation, equity, health, and justice in the U.S. and globally. She is also a Faculty Associate in the Center for Information Technology Policy; Program on History of Science; Center for Health and Wellbeing; Program on Gender and Sexuality Studies; Department of Sociology; and serves on the Executive Committees for the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and Center for Digital Humanities. Ruha is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 2017 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.

Her second book, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, examines the relationship between machine bias and systemic racism, analyzing specific cases of “discriminatory design” and offering tools for a socially-conscious approach to tech development. She is also the editor of Captivating Technology.

Ruha received her PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley, completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA’s Institute for Genetics and Society and Harvard University's Science, Technology, and Society Program, and has received grants and fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, American Council for Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine among others.

Her work is published in numerous journals including Science, Technology, and Human Values; Policy & Society; Ethnicity & Health; and the Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science and reported on in national and international news outlets including The Guardian, National Geographic, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Nature.


Elise Roy

Elise Roy, MS, JD, leads Google Ads’ accessibility and inclusion efforts. Deaf from the age of 10, Elise has implemented design thinking from early on in life, needing to adapt her environment and its tools to serve her extraordinary abilities.

Elise has over 15 years of experience working with the disability community with a diverse career path. Her professional accomplishments include serving as a lawyer who worked on the United Nations Disability Convention, a marketing manager for the 2008 election campaign, and an industrial and user experience designer. In addition, she worked on the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations, the first human rights treaty to be passed in the 21st century. In 2016, she established Elise Roy & Associates, which she founded to help companies analyze problems and create solutions from the vantage point of people with disabilities. As an internationally recognized thought leader, Elise has given talks all over the world including Microsoft, Amazon, the United Nations, NASA, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Her TEDx talk, “When We Design for Disability, We All Benefit,” has over 1.2 million views.

Elise earned her BA in Psychology from Brown University, graduating with honors. She received her JD from Northeastern School of Law and a Masters of Social Design from Maryland Institute College of Art.


Stanisa Raspopovic

Stanisa Raspopovic has been since 2018 an Assistant Professor of Neuroengineering at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. He received the MS in Biomedical Engineering with full marks from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2007 and the Ph.D. cum laude in Biorobotics, from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa in 2011. Previously, he worked as a scientist at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. During 2009 he has been a visiting scientist at University Autonoma Barcelona, Spain.

His research interest is focused on the development of innovative devices for treatment of neurologically disabled (amputees and diabetics) persons. In particular he develops mechatronic systems directly interfacing the environment with the residual nervous system. He directly participates in the animal and human testing of these systems. Stanisa achieved the groundbreaking translational research results in the field of sensory restoration in amputee patients. By means of neuroprosthetic intervention, arm amputees were able to recognise the force and texture from the artificial hand. Recently, his group has shown that restoration of foot and knee sensations via neural implants, in above-knee amputees, diminished their pain, metabolic cost and mental fatigue, while enhancing functionality, confidence and acceptance of the prosthesis.

Driven by the desire to share these inventions with the wider population, in 2014 he co-founded SensArs Neuroprosthetics, a spin-off company of the EPFL that develops neuroprosthetic systems for amputees, which won many international recognitions, and raised several millions of non-dilutive findings.

Power Play

The healthcare industry has enormous potential to leverage innovative and disruptive technologies and strategies in order to deliver insightful, meaningful and affordable care.

Toronto Rehab Foundation, in partnership with the KITE Research Institute, will host the second Power Play Pitch Competition to help accelerate innovation and commercial success.

The research arm of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, KITE, is a world leader in complex rehabilitation science and is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging. The Toronto Rehab Foundation, through the philanthropy of its donors, plays a vital role in turning the ideas of KITE’s clinicians and scientists into home, community and hospital-based advancements and innovation.

With $100,000 available in total prizes, the stakes are higher than ever. Don’t miss your chance to build the future of healthcare!

We are looking for energetic, innovative and passionate healthcare innovators affiliated with Toronto Rehab Institute who can address an unmet need in the healthcare industry, through preventative healthcare solutions, treatment and management of disabling injuries and illnesses, restorative assistive devices to help restore function, diagnostic tools, digital health, and others.

We welcome innovators involved in all stages of product and technology development, from concepts and prototypes to finished products and services and start-up companies, and who need capital to help bring their innovations to the next stage.

For more information, please visit POWER PLAY page.

Aging

  • Treatments for Pain and Physical Decline
  • Promotion of Mobility
  • Support of Independent Living
  • Study of Disease Areas
  • Investigation of Illness and Frailty
  • Examination of Dementia and Memory
  • Study of Neural and Physical Decline
  • Falls and Injury Prevention

Innovation

  • Identification of New Technologies
  • Neuromodulation and Brain Tech (implants/interfaces)
  • Innovative Designs and the Development of Wearable Technologies, Smart Textiles, Robotic Systems
  • Robotics for Therapy, Social Interaction and Care
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Disruptive Technologies and Business Models
  • Fostering Invention
  • Research Commercialization
  • Drug Discovery for Neuro, Muscular and Bone Diseases

Rehabilitation

  • Telerehabilitation
  • Restoration of Function
  • Prevention of Injury and Infection
  • Deployment of New Treatments
  • Promotion of Independence
  • Advocacy of Reinigration and Active Living
  • Improvements in Paediatric, Geriatric, Musculoskeletal and Cardiac Care
  • Improved Participation
  • Treatment of Age-Related Diseases (Neurodegeneration, Arthritis)

Key Dates

Poster/Executive Summary Submission Deadline: March 16, 2020 (11:59pm EST) (HARD DEADLINE)
KITE PowerPlay Submission Deadline: March 31, 2020
Notification Deadline: May 4, 2020
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 11, 2020

Registration Fees


KITE, Toronto Rehab and RSI members
FREE

Individuals with an academic affiliation (early bird price)
$ 150

Individuals without any academic affiliation (early bird price)
$ 450

Our early bird deadline is May 11th. After this date, general registration fee will increase by $150.

SIGN UP

Password must be at least 6 characters long

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Program

The schedule of events at ICAIR includes keynote remarks, TED-talk like programs, poster viewing and judging, elevator pitch sessions for up-and-coming scientists, and an entrepreneurial pitch competition that includes sizeable monetary prizes. The program details will be released in March 2020.

ICAIR Venue

For Sponsors and Exhibitors

The International Conference on Aging, Innovation and Rehabilitation (ICAIR) is a an important cross-disciplinary event that brings together the leading researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs currently working to improve the lives of people around the world who live with the impacts of illness, disability and aging.

  • ICAIR will feature TED-style talks by renowned players in the rehab space
  • ICAIR will feature educational keynote speeches by top rehabilitation engineers, scientists and clinicians
  • ICAIR is the first research-based conference of its scale and style hosted by the Kite Research Institute at UHN
  • ICAIR provides a platform for rehabilitation professionals to exchange their ideas, get inspired and form research partnerships
  • At ICAIR, you will reach over 1000 of the world’s leading minds in rehabilitation research and technology
  • ICAIR will feature a pitch competition that will attract top entrepreneurs, innovators and start-ups with $100,000 in available prizes
  • ICAIR offers competitive sponsorship packages for industry partners to become an integral part of the conference

Our sponsorship and exhibitor package is available for download below. To support ICAIR and for any further inquiries, please contact Sophia (Yue) Li or Anthony Palma.

Contact

If you have any questions about ICAIR conference, please contact us at kite@uhn.ca. Please make sure that the conference acronym is clearly specified in your message.

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Welcome

It is my sincere pleasure to extend an invitation to you to the inaugural International Conference on Aging, Innovation and Rehabilitation (ICAIR) in Toronto, Canada on Monday, May 25, 2020. This unique event is designed to drive cross-collaboration across multiple disciplines by attracting the world’s leading scientific, health-care, engineering and entrepreneurial minds.

As our populations age, health systems in Canada and around the world must plan for an incoming tidal wave of demand for health services and treatments. We also have a duty to develop new treatments, cures and solutions that can help those living with disease and disability. Doing so has the potential to improve quality of life and help people live in their homes longer.

The ICAIR organizing committee is dedicated to helping advance the development of new products, services, treatments and research that can significantly enhance the lives of the disabled, elderly and those living with long-term illness. We invite you to join us in Toronto at the meeting point of care, research and education as we investigate new frontiers for the treatment of Aging, Innovation and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Milos R. Popovic
Chair, ICAIR organizing committee

About ICAIR

The International Conference on Aging, Innovation and Rehabilitation (ICAIR) is a an important cross-disciplinary event that brings together the leading researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs currently working to improve the lives of people around the world who live each day with the impacts of illness, disability and aging.

Why Attend

ICAIR is a unique conference destination designed to help researchers, academics, students, entrepreneurs and other innovators share research and academic success stories, build and foster relationships across disciplines, and encourage cross-pollinations of communication, research and ideas.

Your Host

ICAIR is being hosted jointly by The KITE Research Institute at the University Health Network (UHN) and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) at the University of Toronto and includes significant input and participation from other clinical, and research institutions and hospitals.

Areas of Focus

Aging
  • Treatments for Pain and Physical Decline
  • Promotion of Mobility
  • Support of Independent Living
  • Study of Disease Areas
  • Investigation of Illness and Frailty
  • Examination of Dementia and Memory
  • Study of Neural and Physical Decline
  • Falls and Injury Prevention
Innovation
  • Identification of New Technologies
  • Neuromodulation and Brain Tech (implants/interfaces)
  • Innovative Designs and the Development of Wearable Technologies, Smart Textiles, Robotic Systems
  • Robotics for Therapy, Social Interaction and Care
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Disruptive Technologies and Business Models
  • Fostering Invention
  • Research Commercialization
  • Drug Discovery for Neuro, Muscular and Bone Diseases
Rehabilitation
  • Telerehabilitation
  • Restoration of Function
  • Prevention of Injury and Infection
  • Deployment of New Treatments
  • Promotion of Independence
  • Advocacy of Reinigration and Active Living
  • Improvements in Paediatric, Geriatric, Musculoskeletal and Cardiac Care
  • Improved Participation
  • Treatment of Age-Related Diseases (Neurodegeneration, Arthritis)

ICAIR Scientific Committee

Milos Popovic, Ph.D., PEng (General Chair)

Jenny Campos, Ph.D.

Nora Cullen, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Majid Janidarmian, Ph.D.

Mohit Kapoor, Ph.D.

Pia Kontos, Ph.D.

Sri Krishnan, Ph.D.

Bridgette Murphy

Larry Robinson, MD, FABPMR

Kate Sellen, Ph.D.

Taufik Valiante, MD, Ph.D., FRCSC

Yana Yunusova, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Keynote Speakers

Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University and author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press). She has studied the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine for over fifteen years and speaks widely on issues of innovation, equity, health, and justice in the U.S. and globally. She is also a Faculty Associate in the Center for Information Technology Policy; Program on History of Science; Center for Health and Wellbeing; Program on Gender and Sexuality Studies; Department of Sociology; and serves on the Executive Committees for the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and Center for Digital Humanities. Ruha is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 2017 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.

Her second book, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, examines the relationship between machine bias and systemic racism, analyzing specific cases of “discriminatory design” and offering tools for a socially-conscious approach to tech development. She is also the editor of Captivating Technology.

Ruha received her PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley, completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA’s Institute for Genetics and Society and Harvard University's Science, Technology, and Society Program, and has received grants and fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, American Council for Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine among others.

Her work is published in numerous journals including Science, Technology, and Human Values; Policy & Society; Ethnicity & Health; and the Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science and reported on in national and international news outlets including The Guardian, National Geographic, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Nature.


Elise Roy

Elise Roy, MS, JD, leads Google Ads’ accessibility and inclusion efforts. Deaf from the age of 10, Elise has implemented design thinking from early on in life, needing to adapt her environment and its tools to serve her extraordinary abilities.

Elise has over 15 years of experience working with the disability community with a diverse career path. Her professional accomplishments include serving as a lawyer who worked on the United Nations Disability Convention, a marketing manager for the 2008 election campaign, and an industrial and user experience designer. In addition, she worked on the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations, the first human rights treaty to be passed in the 21st century. In 2016, she established Elise Roy & Associates, which she founded to help companies analyze problems and create solutions from the vantage point of people with disabilities. As an internationally recognized thought leader, Elise has given talks all over the world including Microsoft, Amazon, the United Nations, NASA, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Her TEDx talk, “When We Design for Disability, We All Benefit,” has over 1.2 million views.

Elise earned her BA in Psychology from Brown University, graduating with honors. She received her JD from Northeastern School of Law and a Masters of Social Design from Maryland Institute College of Art.


Stanisa Raspopovic

Stanisa Raspopovic has been since 2018 an Assistant Professor of Neuroengineering at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. He received the MS in Biomedical Engineering with full marks from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2007 and the Ph.D. cum laude in Biorobotics, from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa in 2011. Previously, he worked as a scientist at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. During 2009 he has been a visiting scientist at University Autonoma Barcelona, Spain.

His research interest is focused on the development of innovative devices for treatment of neurologically disabled (amputees and diabetics) persons. In particular he develops mechatronic systems directly interfacing the environment with the residual nervous system. He directly participates in the animal and human testing of these systems. Stanisa achieved the groundbreaking translational research results in the field of sensory restoration in amputee patients. By means of neuroprosthetic intervention, arm amputees were able to recognise the force and texture from the artificial hand. Recently, his group has shown that restoration of foot and knee sensations via neural implants, in above-knee amputees, diminished their pain, metabolic cost and mental fatigue, while enhancing functionality, confidence and acceptance of the prosthesis.

Driven by the desire to share these inventions with the wider population, in 2014 he co-founded SensArs Neuroprosthetics, a spin-off company of the EPFL that develops neuroprosthetic systems for amputees, which won many international recognitions, and raised several millions of non-dilutive findings.

For Authors

The International Conference on Aging, Innovation and Rehabilitation (ICAIR) will showcase cutting edge research from Toronto and around the world.

Here’s what to expect when you submit a poster for consideration:

  • Every trainee registrant will have the option of submitting a poster, which will be reviewed by the ICAIR scientific advisory committee. Only one, first authored poster can be submitted per person and only trainees are eligible to present. Selected posters will receive notification of acceptance.
  • Individuals submitting posters will also be asked to indicate if they would like to be considered for a three minute talk on the main stage. To qualify for a talk, you must submit an extended abstract along with your poster.
  • Lastly, you will be asked to indicate if you would like your research to be considered for publication in a Special interdisciplinary Issue of the Journal of BioMedical Engineering Online. Your submission will require approval from your academic advisor and will be peer reviewed by the ICAIR scientific advisory committee. To qualify for a manuscript submission, you must also submit an extended abstract along with your poster.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Please contact Majid Janidarmian at majid.janidarmian@uhn.ca if you have any further questions.

Power Play

The healthcare industry has enormous potential to leverage innovative and disruptive technologies and strategies in order to deliver insightful, meaningful and affordable care.

Toronto Rehab Foundation, in partnership with the KITE Research Institute, will host the second Power Play Pitch Competition to help accelerate innovation and commercial success.

The research arm of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, KITE, is a world leader in complex rehabilitation science and is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging. The Toronto Rehab Foundation, through the philanthropy of its donors, plays a vital role in turning the ideas of KITE’s clinicians and scientists into home, community and hospital-based advancements and innovation.

With $100,000 available in total prizes, the stakes are higher than ever. Don’t miss your chance to build the future of healthcare!

We are looking for energetic, innovative and passionate healthcare innovators affiliated with Toronto Rehab Institute who can address an unmet need in the healthcare industry, through preventative healthcare solutions, treatment and management of disabling injuries and illnesses, restorative assistive devices to help restore function, diagnostic tools, digital health, and others.

We welcome innovators involved in all stages of product and technology development, from concepts and prototypes to finished products and services and start-up companies, and who need capital to help bring their innovations to the next stage.

For more information, please visit POWER PLAY page.

Key Dates

Poster/Executive Summary Submission Deadline: March 16, 2020 (11:59pm EST) (HARD DEADLINE)
KITE PowerPlay Submission Deadline: March 31, 2020
Notification Deadline: May 4, 2020
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 11, 2020

Registration

Registration Fees


KITE, Toronto Rehab and RSI members
FREE

Individuals with an academic affiliation (early bird price)
$ 150

Individuals without any academic affiliation (early bird price)
$ 450

Our early bird deadline is May 11th. After this date, general registration fee will increase by $150.

SIGN UP

Password must be at least 6 characters long

SIGN IN

Program

The schedule of events at ICAIR includes keynote remarks, TED-talk like programs, poster viewing and judging, elevator pitch sessions for up-and-coming scientists, and an entrepreneurial pitch competition that includes sizeable monetary prizes. The program details will be released in March 2020.

ICAIR Venue

For Sponsors and Exhibitors

Our sponsorship and exhibitor package is available for download below. To support ICAIR and for any further inquiries, please contact Sophia (Yue) Li or Anthony Palma.

Contact

If you have any questions about ICAIR conference, please contact us at kite@uhn.ca. Please make sure that the conference acronym is clearly specified in your message.