KITE Research Institute’s Challenging Environment Assessment Lab to make Doors Open debut on May 25

Public is invited to tour the subterranean research space featuring a collection of state-of-the-art simulation labs at UHN’s Toronto Rehab

The KITE Research Institute is inviting the public to tour its subterranean simulation laboratories this Saturday, May 25th as part of Doors Open 2024.

Doors Open is an annual event organized by the City of Toronto that facilitates public access to unique venues across the city free of charge. 

Visitors to KITE – located within Toronto Rehab-University Centre (550 University Ave.) – will have the opportunity to embark on a self-guided tour of the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL), which is itself located three floors below street level on Hospital Row.

“We are really proud of our impactful research and are excited to share it with the community,” said Dr. Jennifer Campos, CEAL’s Chief Scientist, a Senior Scientist at KITE, and the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Multisensory Integration and Aging.

“Our work, from preventing falls and vehicle collisions, to supporting successful aging, is very relatable and meaningful to many people. We look forward to engaging with the public to showcase our research efforts and their importance.”

CEAL is home to a collection of state-of-the-art labs that are used to test pharmaceuticals, assistive devices, smart clothing, footwear, and other products and technologies. These labs allow researchers to recreate a variety of real-world conditions, such as driving on a busy Toronto street or walking up a hill at a steep angle in harsh winter conditions. 

“Our scientists utilize these incredible facilities to develop policies, technologies, and assistive devices designed to prevent injuries and improve the lives of people living with the debilitating effects of disability, illness and aging,” said Dr. Milos R. Popovic, KITE Institute Director.                 

“I encourage anyone interested in learning about the future of health and rehab care to take advantage of this opportunity to witness groundbreaking research in action.”

KITE scientists, staff and trainees will be onsite Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to meet visitors and answer questions about past and current research conducted in CEAL’s DriverLab, WinterLab, StreetLab, RampLab and StairLab facilities.

For more information, visit the Doors Open – KITE Research Institute profile page.