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Bloorview Kids Rehab announces three new research chairs

Toronto, Ontario, November 13, 2021 - Disability research is getting a big push forward as Bloorview Kids Rehab announces the inaugural recipients of three new research chairs in partnership with the University of Toronto.

Dr. Colin Macarthur, Dr. Darcy Fehlings and Dr. Patricia McKeever are world-class researchers in the field of children’s rehabilitation, senior scientists at the Bloorview Research Institute and the inaugural holders of the Chairs in Paediatric Rehabilitation, Developmental Paediatrics and Childhood Disability Studies, respectively.

The newly endowed chairs mark the most significant announcement and investment in the Bloorview Research Institute’s short three-year history, and positions the Institute to make a major impact on the field of childhood disability. Having only become a fully affiliated teaching hospital with the University of Toronto in 2002, this is a major announcement for such a young Research Institute that truly puts Bloorview on par with other hospital–based research institutes.

The three chairs are worth a total of $7 million and are given for a five-year renewable term. The investment will help support groundbreaking research and initiatives to train the next generation of rehabilitation researchers.  

“We see this new research funding as a vehicle to drive advancements in diagnoses, interventions and meaningful participation for young people with disabilities locally, provincially and around the world,” says Sheila Jarvis, President and CEO of Bloorview Kids Rehab.

This makes four research chairs at Bloorview, including Dr. Tom Chau’s Canada Research Chair in Paediatric Rehabilitation Engineering, setting the scene for Bloorview to take its place as an international leader in childhood disability research.

Bloorview Childrens Hospital Foundation funded the Chair in Paediatric Rehabilitation and the Chair in Developmental Paediatrics. Bloorview Kids Foundation funded the third Chair in Childhood Disability Studies.

Bloorview is already known as Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital and the only teaching hospital in pediatric rehabilitation, fully affiliated with a University. Now, it is furthering its dedication to kids with disabilities by funding these three esteemed researchers, giving them the opportunity to advance the study of childhood disability.


If you’d like more information on Bloorview’s new Research Chairs, please contact Louise Kinross, Communications Manager at
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