Bloorview Research Institute

Poised for Huge Growth, Bloorview Research Institute
Delivers Newfound Hope to Families

Poised for Huge Growth

As the Vice President of Research at the Bloorview Research Institute (BRI), Dr. Tom Chau has spent the past 15 years focusing on advancing disability research.

While his latest foray has been in the emerging field of brain computer interfaces, or BCIs, Dr. Chau has also played an integral part in planning hospital’s fully-accessible, child-friendly research MRI facility.

“The MRI will help us to understand which parts of the brain we actually should be monitoring to allow children to communicate using brain activity,” he says. The newest addition will further cement Holland Bloorview as a world leader in the study of young brains and bodies.

This innovation is a centrepiece of BRI’s transformative $25 million fundraising campaign announced in April 2018, marking the largest research expansion in the hospital’s history. Neuroscience is a key part of BRI’s aggressive growth strategy, as is recruiting talented scientists, creating hubs for machine learning and artificial intelligence, and commercializing life-changing discoveries that are tested and proven to work.

The Bloorview Research Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities through transformational, needs-driven scientific discovery. It is built on collaboration between scientists, clinicians, clients and families, and a new “connect2research” secure portal connects them all – providing families with access to learn more about new research as well as participate in novel studies.

“It’s a great opportunity to be heard, to work with researchers to make projects as meaningful and respectful as possible, and to deliver results that matter to our kids and can truly improve their quality of life,” says Manuela, a Holland Bloorview Family Leader and member of the BRI’s special Research Family Engagement Committee.

She believes the true power of research when it comes to families is the feeling that it generates.

“Research is hope, hope that something can change in our kids’ life, that something can be possible in the future thanks to the effort of inspired minds and generous hearts,” Manuela says. “That hope, mixed with love, gives our kids the strength to face their challenges and get through tough days when everything seems too hard to handle.”

 

“Research is hope, hope that something can change in our kids’ life, that something can be possible in the future thanks to the effort of inspired minds and generous hearts”

“Research is hope, hope that something can change in our kids’ life, that something can be possible in the future thanks to the effort of inspired minds and generous hearts”

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