Tuesday, November 16

1000-1015 Opening Remarks
Cathy Craven, Chair CSCI-RA
1015-1115 Keynote Presentation “Family Caregiving Research: Reflecting on the Past to Inform the Future” – Jill Cameron, PhD, University of Toronto
1115-1130 Break – Poster viewing/Exhibit Hall
1130-1230 Scientific Poster Presentations by Award Winners – Post-doctoral Category (10 min presentation, 2 min Q/A)
  Abstract ID: #1336 – Award Recipient – First Place Post-doc Submission
Program ID: PD1 (Technology Innovation)
Automatic detection of hand-object interactions in individuals with tetraplegia living in the community via egocentric video and long-term recurrent convolutional networks
Andrea Bandini 1, Mehdy Dousty 1,2, José Zariffa 1,2,3,4
1 KITE – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
2 Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
3 Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
4 Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
Abstract ID: #1353 – Award Recipient – Second Place Post-doc Submission
Program ID: PD2 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Towards a better approach to personalized self-management: Adapting the health education impact questionnaire to measure self-management skill acquisition among adults with spinal cord injury or disease.
Gaya Jeyathevan1, Susan B. Jaglal1,2,3, Sander L. Hitzig4,5,6, Gary Linassi7, Sandra Mills8, Vanessa K. Noonan9, Karen Anzai10, Teren Clarke11, Dalton Wolfe12,13, Mary Bayley1,8,14, Lubna Aslam15, Farnoosh Farahani1, S. Mohammad Alavinia1, Maryam Omidvar1, B. Catharine Craven1,8,14
1KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
2Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
3Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
4St. John’s Rehab Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, CA
5Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
6Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
7College of Medicine, Rehabilitation Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, CA
8Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
9Praxis Spinal Cord Institute, Vancouver, BC, CA
10GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver, BC, CA
11Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CA
12Parkwood Institute Research, Lawson Health Research Institute, London, ON, CA
13School of Health Studies, University of Western ON, London, ON, CA
14Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
15Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Toronto, ON, CA
Abstract ID: #1320 – Award Recipient – Third Place (Tied) Post-doc Submission
Program ID: PD3 Knowledge Generation
A qualitative, photo-elicitation study exploring the impact of falls and the risk of falling on individuals with sub-acute spinal cord injury
Olinda D. Habib Perez1, Samantha Martin1,2, Katherine Chan1, Hardeep Singh1,3,4, Karen Yoshida2,4,5, Kristin E. Musselman1,2,4
1 KITE, Toronto Rehab – University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
2 Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
3 Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System, Toronto, ON, CA
4Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, ON, CA
5Dalla Lana School of Public Health (Social Science Division), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
Abstract ID: #1346 – Award Recipient – Third Place (Tied) Post-doc Submission
Program ID: PD4 (Knowledge Generation)
Electrophysiological multimodal assessments improve the prediction of strength recovery in hand muscles after cervical spinal cord injury.
Gustavo Balbinot1, Guijin Li1,2, Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan1,3,4, Jose Zariffa1,2,3,5.
1KITE, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
2Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
3Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
4Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
5Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
1230-1330 Lunch – Poster viewing on VoiceThread & Exhibitor Showcase
1330-1430 Scientific Poster Presentations by Award Winners – Clinical/Best Practice Application (10 min presentation, 2 min Q/A)
  Abstract ID: #1338 – Award Recipient – First Place General Submission
Program ID: P7 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Wound rounds: A hands-on interdisciplinary team approach to tissue integrity management in Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Leanne Michelle Read1, Diana L. Herrington1, Alison R. Smith1, Dorinda M. Taylor1, Stephanie L. Lemke1, Shannon K. O’Dwyer1
1Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Program, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON, CA
Abstract ID: #1330 – Award Recipient – Second Place (Tied) General Submission
Program ID: P8 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
2021 Update to the CanPainSCI clinical practice guidelines for rehabilitation management of neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury
Eldon Loh1,2, Magdalena Mirkowski2, Alexandria Roa Agudelo2, Brooke Benton3, David Allison2, Swati Mehta2, and the CanPainSCI Development Group
1Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Western University, London, ON, CA
2Parkwood Institute Research, Lawson Health Research Institute, Parkwood Institute, London, ON, CA
3Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA
Abstract ID: #1363 – Award Recipient – Second Place (Tied) General Submission
Program ID: P9 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Mindfulness Meditation Program in Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Setting
Sussan Askari1,2, Rachel Holthof 2, Maciej Zaborowski2, Heather Brown2
1Queen’s University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Kingston, ON, CA,
2Providence Care Hospital, Kingston, ON, CA
Abstract ID: #1326 – Award Recipient – Third Place General Submission
Program ID: P10 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Development of the Canadian activity-based therapy strategy for spinal cord injury or disease
Kristin E. Musselman1,2,3; Kristen Walden4; Laurent Bouyer5,6; Brian Chan2,7; Sophie Ebsary4; Cindy Gauthier1,2; Sarah J. Donkers8; Tara Jeji9; Anita Kaiser2,3,10; Jean-François Lemay11,12; Sandi Marshall13; Shane McCullum14; Vivian Mushahwar15,16,17; Vanessa Noonan4; Dalton Wolfe18,19.
1Dept. of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA.
2KITE-University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA.
3Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA.
4Praxis Spinal Cord Institute, Vancouver, BC, CA.
5Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS), Quebec City, QC, CA.
6Dept. of Rehabilitation, Laval University, Quebec City, QC, CA.
7Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA.
8School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, CA.
9Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Toronto, ON, CA.
10Canadian Spinal Research Organization, Toronto, ON, CA.
11CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l ‘Île-de-Montréal (Installation Gingras-Lindsay), Montréal, QC, CA.
12École de réadaptation, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, CA.
13First Steps Wellness Centre, Regina, SK, CA.
14Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation, Horizon Health Network, Fredericton, NB, CA.
15Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CA.
16Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CA.
17 Sensory Motor Adaptive Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) Network, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CA.
18 Parkwood Institute Research, Parkwood Institute, London, ON, CA.
19 Health Sciences, Western University, London, ON, CA.
1430-1500 Scientific Poster Presentations by Award Winners – Health Services (10 min presentation, 2 min Q/A)
  Abstract ID: #1367 – Award Recipient – First Place General Submission
Program ID: P11 (Health Services, Economics and Policy Change)
Evolution of a Spinal Cord Injury Implementation and Evaluation Quality Care Consortium data strategy: It’s more than just the numbers
Farnoosh Farahani 1, Mohammadreza Amiri 1,2, Seyed Mohammad Alavinia 1, B. Catharine Craven 1,3,4
1 KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
2 Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
3 Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
4 Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
  Abstract ID: #1350 – Award Recipient – Second Place General Submission
Program ID: P12 (Health Services, Economics and Policy Change)
Evaluation of a new mobile diagnostic imaging services at a tertiary Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program during the COVID-19 pandemic
Heather M Flett1,2, Talya Wolff3, Heather Zimcik1,4, B Cathy Craven1,5,6, Tina St Louis7, Mary May3, Paula Cripps-McMartin1
1Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
2Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
3Joint Department of Medical Imaging and Lab Medicine Program, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
4Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
5KITE, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
6Department Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
7STL Diagnostic Imaging, Burlington, ON, CA
1500-1530 Poster Session (Posters # X-X)
1530-1545 Break – Poster viewing/Exhibit Hall
Concurrent
Workshops #1
1545-1745
Program Workshop ID: W1-1 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Activity-based therapy after spinal cord injury or disease: An introductory workshop
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the goals and key characteristics of ABT interventions for people living with SCI/D
  • Describe how ABT is currently being used in Canada across the continuum of care (i.e., acute, rehabilitation, community and home settings)
  • Discuss pragmatic ways to structure and monitor SCI/D rehabilitation to apply an ABT approach within the current healthcare landscape.

Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: Lovisa Cheung1,2; Hope Jervis Rademeyer1,2; Anita Kaiser1,2,3; Cindy Gauthier2,4; Sarah J. Donkers5; Kris Walden6; Kristin E. Musselman1,2,4.
1 Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2 KITE-University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada.
3 Canadian Spinal Research Organization, Toronto, ON, Canada.
4 Dept. of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
5 School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
6 Praxis Spinal Cord Institute, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Program Workshop ID: W1-2 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Challenging neurogenic bowel cases in spinal cord injury
Kate Montgomery1, Sonja McVeigh1
1Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dalhousie Univeristy Halifax, NS, Canada
Neurogenic bowel management in spinal cord injury can present a significant challenge for clinicians. We plan to present a difficult case of neurogenic bowel resulting in severe autonomic dysreflexia. Our other objective is to review the typical bowel management for individuals with spinal cord injury at our centre, as well as options for more advanced care in patients who are refractory to the typical treatments.
Program Workshop ID: W2-1 – Technology Innovation
The feasibility of delivering brain-computer interface-controlled functional electrical stimulation therapy for upper limb motor rehabilitation in a clinical environment
Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: Lazar I. Jovanovic1,2,3, Naaz Kapadia2,3,4, Colleen McGillivray5,6, Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan2,4,5, Milos R. Popovic1,2,3,4, Cesar Marquez-Chin1,2,3
1. Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
2. The KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
3. CRANIA, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
4. Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
5. Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
6. Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Objectives: Our team developed a clinically-oriented brain-computer interface (BCI) and integrated it with functional electrical stimulation therapy (FEST) for reaching and grasping. Recently we evaluated the feasibility and preliminary clinical efficacy of this BCI-FEST as an intervention to restore upper limb function in individuals with sub-acute cervical traumatic spinal cord injury (cTSCI).
Program Workshop ID: W2-2 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Interdisciplinary pain education for spinal cord injury: An engagement workshop
Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: Erica J de Passille 1, Rebecca M.I. Mills 1, Allison C. Banks 1
1Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation, Fredericton, NB, Canada
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Share experiences to integrate pain science education into clinical practice for clinicians involved in the management of persons with SCI.
  • Determine barriers to and facilitators of effective delivery of pain education to persons with SCI, considering both in-person and virtual models.
1745-1930 Dinner Break
1930-2030 Speed Mentoring
2030 Student/Post-doc virtual Social Paint night, escape room, scavenger hunt etc… all can be done virtually

Wednesday, November 17

1000-1015 Opening Remarks
Kristin Musselman, Conference Chair
1015-1115 Keynote Presentation – Title and Objectives are TBD – Monica Perez, PhD, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
1115-1130 Break – Poster viewing/Exhibit Hall
1130-1145 Champion of Change Presentation – Chester Ho
1145-1230 Scientific Poster Presentations by Award Winners – Technology Innovation (10 min presentation, 2 min Q/A)
  Abstract ID: #1344 – Award Recipient – First Place General Submission
Program ID:  P4 (Technology Innovation)
Improving Activity Engagement among persons with spinal cord injury during COVID-19: Virtual Physical Activity Program Feasibility Study
Swati Mehta1,2, Eldon Loh1,2, Randy Upper1, Jess Ahrens1, Zeina Abu-Jurji1, Stephanie Marrocco1, Dalton L. Wolfe1
1Parkwood Institute Research, Lawson Health Research Institute, London ON, CA
2Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Western University, London ON, CA
Abstract ID: #1311 – Award Recipient – Second Place General Submission
Program ID: P5 (Technology Innovation)
Recent advances and imminent discoveries in the treatment of primary spinal tumors and spinal metastases: A scoping review of registered clinical studies over the past two decades.
Julio C. Furlan, MD, LLB, MBA, MSc, PhD, FRCPC1-5; Jefferson R. Wilson, MD, PhD, FRCSC6,7; Eric M. Massicotte, MD, MSc, FRCSC6,8; Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, FRSC6,8
1Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
2KITE – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
3Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
4Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
5Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
6Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
7St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, CA
8Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
Abstract ID: #1377 – Award Recipient – Third Place General Submission
Program ID: P6 (Technology Innovation)
Individualized Exergaming in Spinal Cord Injury
Sussan Askari 1, Gabriele Cimolino 2, T.C. Nicholas Graham 2
1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Queen’s University, Kingston, On, CA
2 School of Computing, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, CA
1230-1330 Lunch – Poster viewing/Exhibit Hall
1330-1430 Consumer Keynote – John Shepard, MSc, University of Toronto
1430-1530 Poster Session (Posters # X-X)
Concurrent
Workshops #2
1530-1730
Program Workshop ID: W3-1 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Podcasting: Plan it, produce it, post it
Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: Hope Jervis Rademeyer 1,2, Anita Kaiser 1,2
1Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada;
2KITE Rehabilitation Institute-Toronto Rehab-UHN, Toronto, ON, Canada
Podcasting is an effective and impactful way to disseminate your research findings to relevant stakeholders, discuss research topics and ideas, or share light-hearted stories related to life within your research lab or as a graduate student. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of podcast creation by describing: 1) the benefits to podcasting, 2) what you need to do to get started, 3) how to plan, produce and edit your podcast, 4) how to advertise and get the word out to key stakeholders, and 5) how to avoid common pitfalls in podcasting. The step-by-step creation of the podcast “Spinal Moves: Conversations about Activity-based therapy with Hope Jervis Rademeyer” will be used as a working example throughout the workshop to illustrate key concepts and ideas.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common errors in podcast production.
  • Create a ready-to-publish podcast
  • Market their podcast to appropriate stakeholder groups
Program Workshop ID: W3-2 (Health Services, Economics and Policy Change)
Health economics in spinal cord Injury and disease: From evidence to policy change
Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: Julio C. Furlan, MD, LLB, MBA, MSc, PhD, FRCPC 1-5; Brian C.F. Chan, PhD 1,5; Peter Athanasopoulos 6
1 KITE Research Insititute and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada;
2 Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
3 Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada;
4 Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada;
5 Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada;
6 Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • examine the burden of spinal cord injury and spinal cord disease (SCI/D);
  • discuss recently published economic studies related to SCI/D,
  • describe how health economics can be leveraged to improve decision making for interventions in the management of SCI/D, and
  • review the process of policy change in the context of SCI/D.
Program Workshop ID: W4-1 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Identifying and prioritizing key domains for implementation of the Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Best Practice (Can-SCIP) guideline
Mark T. Bayley 1,2, Eleni M. Patsakos 1,3, Ailene Kua 1, B. Catharine Craven 1,2, on behalf of the Can-SCIP Expert Panel
1 KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
2 Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
3 Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to

  • Identify and prioritize Can-SCIP Guideline domains and subdomains for implementation.
Program Workshop ID: W4-2 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Cognitive impairment after spinal cord injury: Identification assessment, treatment challenges and opportunities
Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: Christine A Short, MD1,2, Colleen O’Connell, MD1,3,Tony Trask BSC OT2, Matthew A Short, BSc, MSc candidate Kinesiology4.
1Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine, Halifax N.S.
2 QEII Health Sciences Centre, Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre, Central Zone, Nova Scotia Health
3Stan Cassidy Rehabilitation Centre, Horizon Health, Fredericton N.B.
4Department of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University, Halifax N.S.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of cognitive impairments in the settings of both Acute and Chronic SCI
  • Recognize and evaluate cognitive impairment in the setting of SCI
  • Develope strategies including use of technology and exercise in the prevention and treatment of cognitive impairment in the setting of SCI
  • Describe the need for national standards and guidelines for management of this important complication associated with SCI.
1730-1900 Dinner Break
1900-2000 Top Six Articles You Should Have Read Career Session for Trainees
2000 All Attendees Social Paint night, escape room, scavenger hunt etc… all can be done virtually

Thursday, November 18

1000-1015 Opening Remarks
Milos Popovic, CSCI-RA Vice Chair
1015-1115 Keynote Presentation – Dr. Robert Riener
1115-1130 Break – Poster viewing/Exhibit Hall
1130-1215 Scientific Poster Presentations by Award Winners – Students (10 min presentation, 2 min Q/A)
  Abstract ID: #1375 – Award Recipient – First Place Student Submission
Program ID: PS1 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Practice pearls for fracture management among individuals with spinal cord injury
Emily A. Newton 1,2, B. Catharine Craven 1,3 and PVA Bone Health and Osteoporosis Management Guideline Panel
1 KITE – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
2 Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
3 Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
Abstract ID: #1324 – Award Recipient – Second Place Student Submission
Program ID: PS2 (Knowledge Generation)
The characteristics of activity-based therapy interventions for people living with spinal cord injury or disease across the continuum of care: A scoping review.
Anita Kaiser1,2,3, Katherine Chan1, Maureen Pakosh4, Shane McCullum5, Chris Rice, José Zariffa1,2,6,7, Kristin E. Musselman1,2,8
1KITE, Toronto Rehab-University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
2Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
3Canadian Spinal Research Organization, Toronto, Canada
4Library & Information Services, University Health Network, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Canada
5Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation, Horizon Health Network, Fredericton, Canada
6Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
7Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
8Dept. of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Abstract ID: #1374 – Award Recipient – Third Place Student Submission
Program ID: PS3 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Exploring the role of eHealth literacy in an online self-management program for Canadian adults living with spinal cord injury
Miranda Li 1,2, Sonya Allin 1, Sarah E. Skeels 3, Diana Pernigotti 4, John Shepherd 1, Teri Thorson 4, Paul Gustafson 5, Susan Jaglal 1
1 Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
2 Department of Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
3 Department of Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA
4 Rehabilitation Services and Outpatient Services, Spinal Cord Injury Program, Gaylord Hospital, Wallingford, CT, USA
4 Spinal Cord Injury BC, Vancouver, BC, CA
5 Arts and Science Transition Program, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, CA
1215-1300 Lunch – Poster viewing/Exhibit Hall
Concurrent
Workshops #3
1300-1500
Program Workshop ID: W5-1 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Physical Activity and Cardiometabolic Health in SCI: Shared reflections from an eLearning module, community-based activity programs, and collecting quality care indicators
Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: Matheus J. Wiest1,2, Chip P. Rowan3, Krista L. Best4,5, B. Catharine Craven1,6
1KITE – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
2Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Toronto, ON, Canada
3School of Kinesiology & Health Science, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada
4Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada
5Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration – CIRRIS, Québec, QC, Canada
6Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the most up-to-date physical activity recommendations for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Identify aerobic and resistance-based exercise approaches that may reduce cardiometabolic risk
  • Assess individual barriers to physical activity and develop strategies to overcome them safely
  • Discuss experiences related to community-based physical activity programs
  1. Describe Cardiometabolic Health quality of care indicators for in-hospital and community implementation
Program Workshop ID: W5-2 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Upper extremity nerve transfers in spinal cord injury : A collaborative inter-disciplinary clinical model between a rehabilitation center and a hospital
Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: Philippe Ménard, PT1,2 Catherine Dansereau, PT1,2 Véronique Maes, OT1 José Dubois, OT1 Dr Elie Boghossian, MD, MSc3 Dre Dominique Tremblay, BSc. OT, MD3 Affiliations
1CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Institut de Réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de Montréal
2Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation du Montréal Métropolitain
3CIUSSS de Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Familiarize with an innovative and emergent practice and collaborative approach to rehabilitation after nerve transfer surgery to possibly apply this practice in new clinical settings
  • Introduce the clinical model and its history
  • Discuss the evidence-based rehabilitation protocol
  • Provide an overview of the organization of this specialized clinical model
  • Discuss the challenges of implementation
  • Discuss future implications and orientations
Program Workshop ID: W6-1 (Knowledge Generation)
North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium – Consumer Engagement Program
Workshop Presenter & Abstract Author: Barry Munro Chief Development Officer, Canadian Spinal Research Organization (Toronto, Ontario Canada) Treasurer, North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium (Niagara Falls, NY, United States)
The SCI community has fallen behind and the time is now to educate and facilitate knowledge exchange between the community of people living with SCI and the stakeholders across the spectrum of SCI research and care to become true partners in research. This program aims to help make SCI research more relevant and responsive to the needs of people living with SCI by greatly increasing the number of consumers who engage in the research process.
At the end of this workshops, participants will be able to:

  • Engage individuals whose participation in research is hindered by lack of knowledge.
  • Increase knowledge of the research process within the SCI community through resources and online training.
  • Organize and educate researchers and healthcare providers who are interested in consumer engagement.
  • Facilitate placement of individuals living with SCI as advisors on research projects.
Program Workshop ID: W6-2 (Knowledge Generation)
Neurophysiological tests as outcome measures in research studies in the field of spinal cord injury: A bench-to-bedside translational research overview.
Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: Julio C. Furlan, MD, LLB, MBA, PhD, MSc, FRCPC (1-5), Gustavo Balbinot, PhD (1), Jose Zariffa, PhD, PEng (1,4,6,7)
1 KITE Research Institute and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada;
2 Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
3 Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada;
4 Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada;
5 Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada;
6 Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada;
7 Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be ablet to:

  • Review and appraise the scientific literature on the utility of neurophysiological tests in animal models of spinal cord injury and spinal cord disease (SCI/D)
  • Assess the literature on the use of surface electromyography in research projects focused on the treatment of individuals with SCI/D, and
  • Review and critically analyze the scientific literature on use of neurophysiological tests in clinical studies in the field of SCI/D
1500-1530 Poster Session (Posters # X-X)
Concurrent
Workshops #4
1530-1630
Program Workshop ID: W7-1 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Setting the stage for successful and sustained surgical closure of pelvic pressure injuries in persons with spinal cord injury: A collaborative program approach
Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: Colleen McGillivray 1,2 Laura Teague 3.4
1 Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada,
2 Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
3 Sinai Health System, Toronto, ON, Canada
4 Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify risk factors for surgical wound complications as well as cost and healthcare utilization in persons with SCI undergoing pelvic PI reconstruction.
  • Recall how provincial funding was utilized to provide post-operative convalescent care and re-mobilization in a cohort of 25 patients.
  • Discuss key process and clinical outcomes of the project.
  • Propose potential personal, environmental and society factors to predict surgical success or failure.
  • Identify implications from a clinical, research and policy perspective. Workshop Structure: Lecture content and interactive group discussion.
Program Workshop ID: W7-2 (Clinical/Best Practice Application)
Degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM): Findings from an Ontario summit to provide a framework to advancing knowledge and management of DCM in Ontario.
Workshop Presenters & Abstract Authors: James Milligan1, Michael Fehlings2, Tara Jeji3, Eldon Loh4
1 McMaster University, Hamilton
2 University of Toronto  and University Health Network, Toronto
3 Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Toronto
4 Western University, London
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Present the process and goals of the Ontario DCM Summit (November 23 & 30, 2020) and its findings related to advancing research and knowledge in DCM. Review the epidemiology of DCM and its importance as the leading cause of spinal cord injury (SCI) in adults.
  • Review the pathophysiology of DCM.
  • Present the barriers and gaps in knowledge and treatment, reviewing the AO Spine RECODE-DCM project.
  • Present the survey results and consensus findings for priority research topics.
  • Discuss next steps and future goals.
  • Identify the key research priorities
1630-1715 Scientific Poster Presentations by Award Winners – Knowledge Generation (10 min presentation, 2 min Q/A)
  Abstract ID: #1322 – Award Recipient – First Place General Submission
Program ID: P1 (Knowledge Generation)
Safety and feasibility of early functional electrical stimulation-assisted cycling after acute spinal cord injury
Dirk G. Everaert1, Yoshino Okuma1,2, Chester Ho1,2
1University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Edmonton, AB, CA
2Alberta Health Services, AB, CA
Abstract ID: #1345 – Award Recipient – Second Place General Submission
Program ID: P2 (Knowledge Generation)
Are we doing enough? Information needs and preferences in individuals living with a pressure injury.
Sharon Gabison1, PhD, Janelle Unger2, PhD, Jill Cameron1,3, PhD, Geoff Roy Fernie1,4, PhD, Tilak Dutta1,5 PhD
1KITE, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, CA
2School of Physical Therapy, Western University, London, ON, CA
3Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA,
4Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA,
5Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA
Abstract ID: #1317 – Award Recipient – Third Place General Submission
Program ID: P3 (Knowledge Generation)
Exoskeleton use in acute rehabilitation post spinal cord injury: A qualitative study exploring patients’ experiences.
Charbonneau, Rebecca, MD;1 Loyola-Sanchez, Adalberto MD MSc PhD;2 McIntosh, Kyle MScPT,1 MacKean, Gail PhD;1 Ho, Chester MD2
1University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, CA
2University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CA
1715-1730 Closing Remarks