NET Team Scientists

Mark Bayley, MD, FRCPC
Senior Scientist

Bridging the Knowledge–Practice gap to optimize recovery

Dr. Bayley leads large-scale national and international research and health systems change projects. He is currently Medical Director and Senior Scientist at the Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program at Toronto Rehab. He is Associate Professor and Saunderson Family Chair in Brain injury Research at University of Toronto in the Division of Physiatry, Faculty of Medicine. Mark’s research focuses on understanding how to speed brain recovery like exercise, virtual reality, telerehabilitation and functional electrical stimulation. Importantly, he has bridged the know-do gap by making best evidence available to clinicians through smartphone apps and Best Practices guidelines in stroke, concussion and Brain injury. His work has redesigned the stroke and brain injury rehabilitation systems in Canada.


CathyCraven_smallCathy Craven, MD, FRCPC
Senior Scientist

Redefining Cure. Reshaping Rehabilitation Care.

Dr. Craven is a clinician scientist in the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team and Medical Lead of the Spinal Cord Rehab Program at TRI. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Craven’s research redefines patients’ experiences with the health conditions that come after a spinal cord injury, helping them avoid or better manage heart disease, diabetes and fracture. She leads the SCI-HIGH project, reshaping SCI rehabilitation by 2020 through developing and implementing indicators of quality care linked with accreditation standards. She leads TRI’s Central Recruitment program with vision and tenacity.


Julio Furlan, MD, LLB, MBA, PhD, MSc, FRCPC
Scientist

Predicting recovery and resource requirements through outcome science

Dr. Furlan is an Affiliate Clinician Scientist and staff neurologist at Lyndhurst Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Toronto. His research focus is on outcome measures, predictors of outcomes, and secondary complications of spinal cord injury or disease. Dr. Furlan uses clinical instruments, neurophysiology and neuroimaging outcomes to evaluate impairment, describe disability and predict recovery. He has ongoing research related to on autonomic function, pain modulation, and muscle control.


Susan Jaglal, PhD, FCAHS
Associate Academic Director of Research

Paying attention to early warning signs

Dr. Jaglal is Vice-Chair Research and Professor, Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She holds the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Chair at the University of Toronto where she is Associate Academic Director of Research responsible for mentorship. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Osteoporosis Program at Women’s College Hospital. In 2015 she was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences which recognizes outstanding researchers. Dr. Jaglal has published and lectured widely in her areas of research, which include osteoporosis and hip fracture, spinal cord injury and rehabilitation health services with emphasis on utilization, appropriateness, self-management and knowledge transfer. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto.


Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, BScPT, Msc, PhD
Scientist

Optimizing reaching and grasping….for better outcomes

Dr. Kalsi-Ryan, is a Clinician Scientist in the field of upper limb assessment and recovery and spine pathology at TRI-UHN and is also Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy. Her research is oriented to establishing methods to quantify neurological change after injury and studying neuro-restorative methods to enhance and optimize function for those with neurological impairment. She is the Founder of her own company that manufactures the GRASSP; she acts as a consultant for neurological trials worldwide and has recently co-founded the Spine Therapy Network. Her additional interests include: outcome measurement, upper limb recovery, traumatic and non traumatic SCI, quantification of neurological disorders.


César Márquez-Chin, PhD
Scientist

Creating the future of rehabilitation today

Dr. Márquez-Chin is a Scientist . His research focuses on creating new technologies to restore the ability to move voluntarily after stroke and spinal cord injury. Central to his work is the development of systems that connect brains and machines directly which, when used as a therapeutic intervention, can help patients move again even in the most severe forms of paralysis. He also creates new low-cost robotic technologies and advanced alternate user interfaces that support patients and their service providers during physical and occupational rehabilitation.


Kei Masani, PhD
Scientist

Listen to your body to remain in balance

Dr. Masani is a Scientist at Toronto Rehab. He is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Broadly speaking, Kei’s research aims to improve the mobility of people who experience neurological impairment. His approach to investigating human movement is undertaken from a neuromechanical perspective, i.e. the union of neurophysiology and physics. With this in mind, Kei focuses specifically on developing accurate assessments and therapeutic tools using functional electrical stimulation for standing, walking and adapted exercise.


Kristin Musselman, PT, PhD
Scientist

Optimizing movement after nervous system damage

Dr. Musselman is a Scientist at TRI-UHN. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Kristin’s research focus is on optimizing everyday functional movements, such as walking and reaching. This includes training effective balance reactions in adults with spinal cord injury, and studying whether wearable sensors can detect those at risk of falls. She also studies the effectiveness of functional electrical stimulation to improve arm function in young children with cerebral palsy.


Milos Popovic, PhD, PEng
Associate Scientific Director of Research

Improving independence through discovery, innovation and commercialization

Dr. Popovic is Associate Scientific Director, Research, at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network and the Toronto Rehab Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research. He is also a Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, as well as Senior Scientist and the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team Leader. His fields of expertise are functional electrical stimulation, neuroprostheses, neuro-rehabilitation, brain machine interfaces, modeling and control of linear and non-linear dynamic systems, robotics, and signal processing. His interests are in the areas of neuro-rehabilitation, physiological control systems, assistive technology, and brain machine interfaces.


José Zariffa, PhD, PEng
Scientist

Reaching for better hand function

Dr. Zariffa is a Scientist and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto and a Scientist in the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics team. José’s research focuses on developing technology for upper limb neurorehabilitation. For example, to evaluate the true impact of rehabilitation strategies on daily life, his team is developing a system to measure hand function at home using wearable cameras. Looking to the next generation of assistive technologies, he is learning how to intercept and interpret neural signals to create direct interfaces with the nervous system.