iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research

University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

The Centre designs, develops and tests new assistive technologies and treatments to enhance the lives of older people and those with disabling injuries or illness.

Area(s) of Expertise

Toronto Rehab is a world leader in rehabilitation research. The iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research enables researchers to deliver practical new therapies and well-designed products by creating real-life conditions to safely study how adults with disabilities interact with their environments. The research focuses on maximizing life for people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging. Researchers focus on nine main areas:

  1. The artificial intelligence and robotics team develops advanced technologies to help people with disabilities and older adults live more independently.
  2. The cardiopulmonary fitness group identifies and improves best practices for rehabilitating people with heart disease.
  3. The cognition team works to prevent brain injury and improve recovery time for people living with brain injury.
  4. The communication team researches ways to improve assessment and treatment of communication disorders, including dementia, stroke and Parkinson's disease.
  5. The mobility group develops new therapeutic techniques and assistive technologies to improve mobility and reduce falling risk.
  6. The neural engineering and therapy team improves participation in daily life for older adults and those recovering from stroke, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.
  7. Team Optimize researches ways of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of all aspects of rehab service delivery.
  8. The sleep and upper airways team investigates the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea and the management and treatment of swallowing disorders.
  9. The technology team researches technologies to help people live more safely and independently in their own homes and to assist caregivers.
Research Services

3-D printing, Proof of concept, Product enhancement, Modelling, Simulation, Prototyping, manufacturing design and development, Custom manufacturing, Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Design engineering, Medical engineering, Neural engineering, Rehabilitation sciences, Industrial design, Rehabilitation, information and telecommunication technologies, Productivity enhancement, Beta and alpha testing, Market identification and commercialization, Artificial intelligence, Robotics, Cardiopulmonary fitness, Brain injury, Disability, Aging, Dementia, Stroke, Parkinson's disease, Assistive technologies, Spinal cord injury, Sleep apnea, Swallowing disorders, Health services research, Balance and mobility, Return on investment of health innovations, Winter accessibility, Challenging environments

Sectors of Application
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment


6 DOF Motion Platform





2 DOF Motion Platform

DriverLab (Under Construction)

Weather simulator

Glare simulator


5 Axis Mills

Fused deposition modelling

Live tooling lathe

MIG, TIG, stick welding


Surface grinder

  • Advanced Mechanical Technology Inc.
  • AirGuard Medical Products Company
  • Andrew J Hart Enterprises Ltd.
  • ArjoHuntleigh Canada Inc.
  • A-Tech Instruments Ltd.
  • Baffin Inc.
  • Bosch Rexroth AG
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • Canada Post Corporation
  • Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Canadian Paraplegic Association
  • Canadian Stroke Network (NCE)
  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers
  • Carroll Hospital Group
  • CDW Healthcare
  • Cimco Refrigeration Division of Toromont Industries Ltd.
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)
  • Government of Ontario
  • Drummond Foundation
  • ECHO: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario (agency of MOHLTC)
  • Gastle and Associates
  • Government of Canada
  • HandyMetrics Corporation
  • Health Technology Exchange
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • IBM Canada Ltd
  • International Development of Technology
  • International Science and Technology
  • Partnerships Canada Inc.
  • Lenovo Ca



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