The Kite Research Institute

University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

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

The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute has developed into a world-class and unique resource for rehabilitation research. The Kite Research Institute focuses on four key issues in rehabilitation: 1) prevention, 2) return to maximal function (participation), 3) aging in place and 4) optimization of the rehab system. Its mission extends beyond studying problems; instead it seeks to solve problems. This is achieved through providing evidence for policy change, new treatments, and developing commercialized products. KITE is a totally unique research centre that conceives, designs, develops, and validates solutions for our society, particularly given our increasing elderly population and a rapidly growing population living with a physical, cognitive or communicative disability.

Research Services

3D 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

Specialized facility 

Equipment

Function

CareLab

Simulation of a hospital room with ensuite bathroom

Development, testing of hospital caregiver support technologies

ClimateLab

Refrigeration and heating systems

Wide range of environmental conditions from frozen winter (-20C) to stifling summer (+35C) with up to 95% humidity

CEAL motion base

6 DOF platforms, 4 different payloads: DriverLab, StairLab, StreetLab, WinterLab

Customizable testing environments, such as different terrains and slopes, to solve challenges faced in the real world

DriverLab

Driving, weather and glare simulator, eye tracking, physiological measurements

Realistic visual, sound, vibration and motion to study driving performance

FallsLab

2 DOF platform, biomechanical measurements

Balance control

HomeLab

Simulation of a typical modest income apartment

Age-in-place, older adult and caregiver support, intelligent home development

StairLab

Fully instrumented staircase and ramp, complete biomechanical measurements

Precisely measures body mechanics to study and improve the safety of the built environment

SleepLab

Polysomnographic, cardiovascular, audio and video monitoring, alertness testing

Study sleep disorders and difficulties, such sleep apnea

StreetLab

Treadmill, 240 degree projection screen, immersive audio system

Simulates 3D streetscapes or realistic scenarios that are adjusted to interact with participants

Swallowing Rehabilitation

Ultrasound, intra-oral manometry, surface EMG, airflow, video fluoroscopy, electromagnetic articulography

Understanding the mechanisms, pathophysiology, diagnostics and treatment of swallowing disorders and impairments

WinterLab

Ice and air chillers, wind turbines, snow machine

Recreates typical Canadian winter conditions with sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice covered surfaces

Workshops

Electronics and Instrumentation Development, Rapid Prototyping, and Mechanical Workshops, Research and Design Studio

5 Axis Mills

Fused deposition modelling

Live tooling lathe

MIG, TIG, stick welding

Stereolithography apparatus

Surface grinder

Design, fabrication and validation of prototypes, testing apparatus

 

  • 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 Post Corporation
  • Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Spinal Cord Injury Canada
  • 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
  • International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada Inc.
  • Lenovo Canada

Title

URL

Toronto researchers test new rehabilitation method for paralyzed patients

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-toronto-researchers-test-new-rehabilitation-method-f…

Introducing The Kite Research Institute

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzaeJ1t83LM&t=1s

Doctors rethinking opioids for chronic pain

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=2RCYeuTx8t4&feature=emb_logo

Get ready for the snow (early) with this guide to the best slip resistant winter boots

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=3X1W86zt3X8&feature=emb_logo

A senior’s resolution: No More falling down

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-a-seniors-resolution-no-more-falling-down-in-2019/

KITE will focus on rehab, commercialization

 

https://www.canhealth.com/2019/02/13/kite-will-focus-on-rehab-commercialization/

Tests for marijuana impairment are not accurate

 

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-39-metro-morning/clip/15688632-tests-for-marijuana-impairmen….

HERO Glove helps restore basic hand movements to stroke patients

 

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/hero-glove-helps-restore-basic-hand-movements-to-stroke-patients-1.44837…

Clothing to help people with paralysis

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=lDv0mKI4QR4&feature=emb_logo