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Bloorview Research Institute

Science & Ethics Review: Bloorview Research Ethics Board Members

Barbara Almos

Barbara Almos is the Director of Health Data Services and Chief Privacy Officer at Bloorview Kids Rehab. Barbara graduated from George Brown College as a certified Health Information Management Professional, and also holds a Bachelor degree from York University. Barbara was promoted to the Director position in 2001. Her current portfolio includes managing Health Data Resources, Registration / Admitting, Appointment Scheduling, and Privacy.  She provides leadership in the area of Utilization Management and is a key member of the Decision Support Team.  Barbara also has experience with Geriatric Care through her work with Baycrest.

Dr. Douglas Biggar

Dr. Douglas Biggar is a physician at Bloorview Kids Rehab.  He is also a researcher interested in Neuromuscular Disorders.  Dr. Biggar is the Chair of the Bloorview Research Ethics Board and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto.   Dr. Biggar enjoys indulging in chocolate chip cookies.    

Kent Campbell

Kent Campbell is a scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute and has academic appointments in the Department of Public Health Sciences, the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto. He is currently involved in a variety of research projects including measuring the client-centeredness of clinical services, attitudes towards assistive technology, and several systematic reviews of the literature.

Dr. Lauren Dade

Lauren Dade received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University. She is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with the Brain Injury Team and a Clinician-Investigator.  Dr. Dade completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute, in the area of frontal lobe function.  Her technical specialization is in structural and functional brain imaging.  She has also completed a Postdoctoral fellowship in the Chronic Pain Clinic at HSC.  She has published several peer-reviewed papers, as well as book chapters based on her doctoral and post-doctoral research. Her current interests lie in pediatric neuropsychological assessment, behavioral evaluation, and intervention with clients with acquired brain injuries. 

Derryn Gill

Derryn Gill graduated from Carleton University with a Ph.D. in biochemistry. She has worked as a research technician in the genetics section of Agriculture Canada, as vice-president of Halo Centrex Inc. and is presently employed as an adjudicator by the Ministry of Education. Ms. Gill has been involved in the community with the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario, the Folic Acid Alliance Ontario, the Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education and the Special Education Advisory Committee of the Toronto District School Board.

Maria McDonald

Maria McDonald is jointly appointed as Clinical Ethicist to Bloorview Kids Rehab and Toronto Rehab.  She completed an MHSc in Bioethics (2005) and a post-graduate Clinical Ethics Fellowship (2007) at the University of Toronto.  She is Course Lead for “Legal Approaches to Bioethics” in the MHSc Program in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto.  Previously, Maria practised plaintiffs' personal injury litigation for over 7 years.  Maria continued developing her interest in health law and bioethics as a member and Vice-Chair on the Research Ethics Board of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto from 1994 to 2003. 

Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan is a scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute. He is a rehab engineer with graduate training in clinical epidemiology and an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. He has been at Bloorview Kids Rehab for more than 20 years and spends most of his time involved in assistive technology-related research, development and evaluation projects. In particular, he is interested in studying the impact of seating, positioning and mobility devices on the lives of children with physical disabilities and their families.

Elyse Sunshine

Elyse Sunshine is a partner with the law firm Gardiner Roberts LLP. The major focus of Elyse's practice is advocacy on behalf of health professionals. She represents health professionals in matters involving various administrative Tribunals, including College Complaints, Fitness to Practice and Discipline Committees and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. Elyse also has experience in assisting health
professionals in preparing for inspections and audits, including peer reviews and other assessments. Additionally, Elyse assists health professionals with endeavours such as obtaining independent health facility licences and lobbying for legislative change. Elyse also provides opinions and advice to individuals and health professional organizations.

Nicole Thomson

Nicole Thomson is an Occupational Therapist in the Community Program. She works in Student Support Services and the Communication and Writing Aids Service. Her research interests include assistive technology-related research, and the clinical implications of culture on the lives of children with physical disabilities and their families. She has spent some time working as an occupational therapist in various clinics and orphanages in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and is interested in Community Based Rehabilitation in developing countries. Nicole is currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto.

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