About the Bloorview Research Institute (BRI)

The BRI is recognized in Canada and around the world for its leadership in the field of childhood disability research.

Dr. Jan Andrysek

Welcome to the Bloorview Research Institute

Established in 2004, the internationally recognized Bloorview Research Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities through client and family-centred rehabilitation research.

The Bloorview Research Institute is housed in Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest pediatric rehabilitation and continuing care teaching hospital, which is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

The Bloorview Research Institute is recognized in Canada and around the world for its unique client population and leadership in the field of childhood disability. The Research Institute brings together a multi-disciplinary team of scientists who work collaboratively with clinical staff, clients, and families to generate clinically-linked and applied pediatric rehabilitation research.

BRI Top 40 Research Hospital awards 2012 to 2018

 

Research Focus

Bloorview Research Institute scientists conduct research along the broad continuum of rehabilitation care. Located on site at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Bloorview Research Institute aligns its research with the hospital’s Centre for Leadership. The Centre for Leadership advances the leadership, structure and processes required to bridge clinical excellence with research and education with a framework of interdisciplinary collaboration. The Centre generates innovative programs to improve outcomes for children with disabilities and their families.


Exploring human dimensions of care and disability

We study the pathways of lived experiences of children and youth with disabilities, the social settings important to families, and the perspectives of those who care for them. We uncover the value that individuals with disability bring to society, their care and rehabilitation, and explore the origins of stigma and marginalization.


Developing and improving interventions

Working directly with people with lived experiences and their families, clinicians and community partners, we co-create and evaluate interventions – from medical to technological, from education to vocational, and beyond. These interventions promote the health and wellness of children, youth and families living with disability across the globe.


Understanding developmental diversity

We investigate the interplay of major factors contributing to human development and its diversity, from genes to environment. We explore brain and body interactions to understand and support individual trajectories. With this information, we evaluate existing clinical practices and discover novel avenues for supporting the well-being of individuals with disabilities, and their families.