Tom Chau, PhD, PEng, is Vice President of Research, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Director of the Bloorview Research Institute, and a full Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto.
As a member of the senior team Tom's accountabilities include: research institute strategy development and implementation; building collaborative research capacity hospital-wide; fundraising with the foundation for the support of strategic priorities; cultivating internal and external partnerships; fostering client and family engagement in research; overseeing research institute administration and infrastructure.
Tom leads the PRISM Lab in the Bloorview Research Institute, where his recent research has focused on the investigation of novel access pathways for children and youth with severe physical impairments. He has published over 140 refereed scientific articles and holds 5 patents. His lab has developed numerous innovations aimed at maximizing possibilities for children. His research has been featured over 150 times in national and international media including CNN, Time Magazine, ITN (UK), Discovery Channel, and Report on Business.
Tom holds a doctorate from the University of Waterloo in the area of pattern analysis and machine intelligence and received post-doctoral training in pediatric rehabilitation engineering as a Duncan Gordon Fellow. Since 2004, he has held a Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation Engineering.
Tom’s contributions to pediatric rehabilitation have been recognized with accolades such as a the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and a Da Vinci Award for adaptive and assistive technology from the US National Multiple Sclerosis Society (2009). In 2011 he was named by the Globe & Mail as one of 25 Transformational Canadians, and in 2007 he was listed in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2007).