by Sara Elhawash

The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital. The Bloorview Research Institute, housed in the hospital, is dedicated to research that co-creates meaningful and healthy futures for children and youth with developmental conditions and disabilities and their families.  

The Institute brings together researchers and research trainees from the fields of medicine, psychology, occupational therapy and physical therapy, speech language pathology, engineering, computational sciences, sociology, urban planning  and more, to generate research  aimed at understanding developmental diversity — studying the brains, bodies and pathways of the lived experiences of children and youth with disabilities, co-creating and evaluating interventions that can promote health and wellbeing, removing barriers to meaningful  inclusion and participation, and  integrating research and teaching with frontline care. 

“Our research institute is reimagining and redesigning healthcare to enhance access, address inequities, and innovate more readily. To do that, we are leveraging data insights to identify areas for improvement, test new models of care and ultimately improve care for everyone. As a research leader in the field of data science, this collaboration with DSI will enable our teams to further their work, pursue new opportunities, and expand our partnership network,” said Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou, vice-president, research, Holland Bloorview. 

DSI collaborates with organizations eager to support world-class researchers, educators, and trainees advancing data sciences. We facilitate inclusive research connections, supporting foundational research in data science, as well as supporting the training of a diverse group of highly qualified personnel for their success in interdisciplinary environments.  

As one of the DSI external funding partners, Holland Bloorview researchers can apply for research grants, supports and training and lead initiatives at the DSI.  

“We are very excited to have Holland Bloorview researchers join the DSI community. Our goal is to create a hub to elevate data science research, training, and partnerships. By connecting and supporting data science researchers, the DSI advances research and nurtures the next generation of data- and computationally focused researchers.” says Lisa Strug, Director, Data Sciences Institute. 

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