The Innovations Gallery is Where Rehab Research Comes to Life at the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s pre-eminent academic health sciences centre.
Located on the main floor of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s University Centre, this state-of-the-art exhibition space is a showcase for the innovative products, treatment, devices and services created by our clinical, education and research teams at the KITE Research Institute and Toronto Rehab to assist those living with effects of disability, aging and illness.
Building on UHN’s triple promise to integrate care, research and education programs, the Innovations Gallery is a unique platform where visitors can learn about exceptional scientific discoveries, successful business development efforts, international partnerships, entrepreneurship programs, commercialization efforts and resources available for patients and families. The gallery is home to several areas designed to highlight our areas of focus, including prevention, restoration of function, enhanced participation and independent living and is home to many multimedia displays, educational materials and interactive learning opportunities for visitors.
The many exhibits, displays and educational materials serve to strengthen UHN’s vision of creating A Healthier World. We invite you to pay us a visit the next time you visit KITE and Toronto Rehab.
Videos and still images displayed on this four-screen video wall chronicle the history of the KITE Research Institute, which was originally established in 2001 as the Toronto Rehab Research Institute and is now the top rehab research facility in the world. The video wall is also used to give visitors a sneak peek into KITE’s research labs and publicize lectures, events and other activities and as a tool to promote recognition, awards and other newsworthy milestones.
The Presentation/Group Meeting Area is a gathering place where scientists, trainees, staff, clinicians and other rehab team members meet to share research success stories and display the depth and breadth of research underway at KITE. This area hosts patient education workshops and is used by clinical teams to promote various health awareness days, weeks and months. This space is also available to KITE’s industry and commercial partners to demonstrate various innovative rehabilitation technology.
This unique space in the Innovations Gallery is where visitors can learn about the many inventions and start-up companies that have sprung out of the research teams based at KITE. Among the inventions are MyndMove, a commercial product that helps patients regain upper-body function following a stroke or spinal cord injury, and Hygienic Echo, a startup firm whose innovative Buddy Badge system has scientifically proven to reduce hospital-acquired infections.
Our education programs inform and inspire the communities that we serve. The Patient & Family Learning Centre provides patients, families and caregivers up-to-date authoritative health resources, while helping them better understand their health conditions. Resources found here include community supports as well as a curated selection of online health and wellness resources, and detailed information on the myUHN Patient Portal.
The KITE works area showcases art derived from partnerships with community members, including students, patients and family members. The goal of this program is to focus on expressions of health through the arts and to empower the art community to help change the overall narratives of health in the community.
The Innovations Gallery Green Screen is used to for unique KITE-themed photo opportunities and to encourage donations to our fundraising partners at the Toronto and General Hospital Foundation.