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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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The IDRR Seminar Series is an opportunity to learn about the latest research findings from the IDRR researchers in the Faculties of Health Science, Social Sciences and Humanities and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. A large part of the weekly seminar series is that we invite national and international speakers to present in our series. The live zoom presentations take place on Mondays from 10 am to 11 am EST, and allow you to ask questions and hear about new research directly from the scientists involved. Please e-mail if you would like to attend a seminar.

Upcoming 2023 presentations:

Impact of COVID-19: Unmet needs for rehabilitation services among Canadians living with long-term conditions or disabilities.​
Date Presenter Title of Presentation
February 27

Fred Johansson


Associations Between Procrastination and Subsequent Health Outcomes Among University Students in Sweden

March 6 Astrid DeSouza

Ontario Tech University

Impact of COVID-19: Unmet needs for rehabilitation services among Canadians living with long-term conditions or disabilities.

March 13

Martha Funabashi

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Developing research infographics: personal experience and process
March 20

Emma Grant

Ontario Tech University

Sleep in families with a child with ASD

(Mock Defense)

March 27

Marta Imamura

University of São Paulo

Understanding pain mechanisms. Ways to strengthen rehabilitation in health systems.
April 3

Thorsten Meyer

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

What is rehabilitation? Cochrane Rehabilitation's proposal put into context.
April 17

Jill Hayden

Dalhousie University

Collaborative Systematic Review: Exercise treatment for chronic low back pain
April 24

Danielle Annamalai

Ontario Tech University

Frameworks for Impacting Public Policy
May 1

Dan Wang

Ontario Tech University

May 8

Thomas Abrams and Megan Ingram

Queens University


May 15

Melissa MacMillan

Ontario Tech University

May 29 

Jessica Wong

Ontario Tech University

June 5

Lauren Ead

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

June 12 TBD
June 19 Stefano Negrini and Douglas Gross

Global statements to produce and implement evidence in the post-COVID-19 era provide a path forward for rehabilitation

A joint initiative of Cochrane Rehabilitation and the leading journals in the field


Wed, Dec 7, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Eastern

Live captioning and ASL translation provided. Open to community.

Register at no cost for virtual meeting link:

How can disability and rehabilitation researchers account for intersectional oppression, centre the priorities and approaches of populations marked by disadvantage and difference, and commit to radical transformation? Learn from Canadian experts who are situated at the forefront of federal-wide disability advocacy how they push for foundational change.

This event is the final installment of the four-part virtual speaker series Advocates Assembly: Disability Research from the Ground Up, hosted by Ontario Tech University's Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The series will connect Institute researchers to community-based contacts and research principles, and will introduce Institute research to the wider disability justice seeking community. In this series disability justice activists and disability-centered service providers will speak to the lived experiences, in-community conditions, and most pressing needs of disability populations, in an effort to frame the future of disability and rehabilitation research.


Ellen Cohen (National Network for Mental Health)
Michelle Hewitt (Disability Without Poverty)
Samantha Walsh (Disabled Women’s Network)