I AM KITE Profile: Farnoosh Farahani

Monthly features to profile the next generation of rehab researchers

When Institute Director Dr. Milos R. Popovic introduced the KITE Research Institute to the world two years ago, he had one goal – to redefine and broaden the rehab-specific perception of our work. 

The I AM KITE campaign, launched this month, pays tribute to the diverse up and coming talent at KITE who are making a huge impact in the world of rehab science. Today we introduce Farnoosh Farahani, a member of our Neural Engineering and Therapeutics team. Her passion for translating spinal cord injury research to clinical practice sets her up for success with improving the standard of care and quality of life of patients. 


  • Name: Farnoosh Farahani 
  • Education: Human Biology (HSBc), University of Toronto 
  • Kite team: Neural Engineering and Therapeutics 
  • Kite site: Lyndhurst Centre 
  • Area of focus: Research translation to clinical practice 

Farnoosh Farahani is a member of the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team at the KITE Research Institute. Having received her education at University of Toronto in human biology (HSBc), Farnoosh has a keen interest in clinical research and has worked in several research settings, including pharmaceutical, contract research organization, as well as acute and rehabilitation hospitals. Becoming a certified clinical research professional and a project management professional has helped Farnoosh further her career and gain knowledge and skills in managing research and quality improvement projects at Toronto Rehab.

In her role as the evaluation manager of the Spinal Cord Injury Implementation & Evaluation Quality Care Consortium (SCI IEQCC), Farnoosh supports the translation of research evidence into clinical practice by evaluating and implementing quality care indicators in SCI rehabilitation across Canada. She also leads stakeholder engagement with members of the SCI community, valuing their contributions toward implementing best practices, enhancing care, and formulating policy changes.

Farnoosh in front of her poster at Research Day 2019. 

When it comes to looking five, 10 and even 15 years ahead, Farnoosh says her focus will be on designing and defining evidence-based indicators that improve the quality and standard of patient care. She also plans to build on the activities and learnings of the SCI IEQCC Consortium, and looks forward to the implementation of new technologies, tools, and practices that measure patient performance effectively and generate quality results that can be used to optimize patient recovery.

Farnoosh is dedicated to enhancing patient care and improving quality of life. If her work could change one thing in the world by tomorrow, Farnoosh says she would help drive measurable change for individuals affected by spinal cord injury or disease by improving the delivery of rehabilitation care they receive. 

“Being the top ranked rehabilitation research institute in the world, KITE is an excellent platform for collaborative opportunities while learning from exceptional scientists and leaders in rehabilitation,” says Farnoosh.

“Working with knowledgeable and dedicated people from a variety of disciplines and contributing to innovative projects and impactful initiatives that help improve the lives of those living with a disability is incredibly rewarding.” 

“The I AM KITE video displayed a striking representation of KITE’s collective culture of multifaceted research, innovation, and engagement, centered on patient’s needs.”