Research Partners

University of Toronto iSchool

University of Toronto iSchool

Known as Canada’s Global Information School, the Faculty of Information’s iSchool is ranked among the world’s leading information and knowledge management schools by a number of global surveys. Adept at educating both professional practitioners and researchers, the iSchool offers exceptional programs year-round in various disciplines. Most notably, the school has maintained the internationally-recognized American Library Association (ALA) accreditation since 1937, produced the first PhD program in Information Studies in Canada and established the first iSchool in Canada.

Autodesk Research

Autodesk Research

Autodesk Research is working to help solve some of the world’s most complex design problems, from pressing ecological challenges to the development of scalable smart infrastructure. Designers use Autodesk tools to not only create plans for buildings, for example, but also to simulate their impact on the environment and track their performance over time. Autodesk Research is dedicated to innovation and discovery in this realm. Our interests range from methods to help users learn powerful digital prototyping tools, to visualization and simulation techniques which enable designers to achieve new levels of performance. Advancing the state of the art in human-computer interaction, computer graphics, and digital design technology, we collaborate openly with researchers at leading universities around the world.

Boundless Biomechanical Bracing

Boundless Biomechanical Bracing

Boundless Biomechanical Bracing has been at the forefront of orthotic solutions since 1988. Our goal is to always work closely with our patients to achieve their boundless goals. We assess patients and work closely with allied health teams to collaboratively develop suitable orthotic solutions. We design and fabricate the appropriate orthosis right here at our clinic. We work with the patient to fit the custom-made orthosis and continue the follow-up care to ensure the patient achieves the prescribed goals. Custom bracing can be an effective solution for a number of different biomechanical issues from chronic and acute foot problems to arthritic disorders, cerebral palsy, stroke and even sports injuries.

Vorum

Vorum

Every 90 seconds, a custom orthotic or prosthetic device is made somewhere in the world using Vorum computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. At over 650 facilities, O&P professionals are using our digital solutions to increase productivity by up to 600%, slash device turnaround time, and improve the experience for their patients. Based on 25 years of research and development, our non-contact 3D shape scanners, 3D design software, and automated mold carvers are fast, accurate, and easy-to-learn. Vorum is proud to supply our 3D design software application as an integrated component of Nia’s 3D PrintAbility solution for orthopaedic technologists in the developing world.

Clinical Partners

CCBRT (Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania)

CCBRT (Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania)

CCBRT is a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) established in 1994. From its roots in small-scale community-based rehabilitation for people with disabilities, CCBRT has grown to become Tanzania’s largest provider of disability and rehabilitation services. Clinical care is just the tip of CCBRT’s work: through extensive training, capacity building and advocacy, the organisation aims to empower people living with disabilities and improve access to medical and rehabilitative treatment across Tanzania. Recognising the critical relationship between quality accessible maternal and newborn health and disability prevention, CCBRT is also engaged in extensive maternal and newborn health activities, including the construction of a specialist maternity hospital, due to open in 2018.

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Uganda (CoRSU)

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Uganda (CoRSU)

CoRSU was established in 2006 as a private, non-profit, non-governmental organization in Uganda. It is a Ugandan initiative that was encouraged and supported by CBM with the main aim of expanding and improving rehabilitation services for children and people with disabilities. Its primary focus is on children with physical impairments for whom CoRSU provides orthopaedic and plastic/reconstructive surgical interventions and rehabilitation services. CoRSU also operates a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programme that identifies, assesses and refers children from villages to the Hospital.

Cambodian School of Prosthetics & Orthotics (CSPO)

Cambodian School of Prosthetics & Orthotics (CSPO)

Exceed Worldwide is a charity and international development organisation that supports people with disabilities who live in poverty in South and Southeast Asia. It does so by training Prosthetic and Orthotic (P&O) professionals and by providing free P&O services. Exceed, with partners, has established Schools of Prosthetics and Orthotics in five countries in South and Southeast Asia, all of which are accredited by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). CSPO was the first training facility established by Exceed in 1994, and three public clinics – linked to CSPO and in different Cambodian provinces – provide free, comprehensive physical rehabilitation services to those most in need.

Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT)

Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT)

TATCOT was founded in Moshi in 1981. TATCOT is a supra-regional training centre providing courses in orthopaedic technology in Africa for students from all English-speaking African countries as well as other interested countries. The centre trains orthopaedic clinicians with the knowledge and skills to provide prostheses, orthoses, wheelchairs and supportive seating to people with disabilities, including people with amputations and neuromuscular disorders such as poliomyelitis, paralysis, cerebral palsy, clubfoot and trauma.