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EVENT: Fraser Valley Health Cafe on pressure injuries

After two successful events in the BC Interior and Vancouver Island, the Rick Hansen Institute is reaching out to stakeholders across the Fraser Valley on March 13 and 14 to learn more about services, access and supports for residents of the region who are coping with community-acquired pressure injuries (CAPI) as a result of their SCI by hosting a Health Cafe and Visioning Roundtable.


BC Pressure Injury Prevention Initiative

Pressure injuries are one of the most debilitating secondary complications for individuals with SCI with an estimated 95% of adults with SCI experiencing at least one pressure injury in their lifetime. Pressure injuries also represent one of the costliest preventable medical errors – in BC, the annual direct healthcare costs exceed $49 million, for a population of 6,000 individuals with traumatic SCI. In light of these staggering statistics, RHI is initiating a five-year process to prevent community-acquired pressure injuries (CAPIs) for British Columbians living with a SCI.


Rick Hansen Institute pledges support to prevent spinal cord injuries in hockey

October 2, 2017 – The Rick Hansen Institute is pleased to announce it is partnering with Parachute to support the prevention of spinal cord injuries (SCI) in hockey.


Rick Hansen Institute and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation announce Fellowship at the University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy

Postdoctoral fellowship established in honour of Rick and Amanda Hansen's contributions to spinal cord injury research and care

September 27, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario. The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) are pleased to announce financial support for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy.


Launch of Ground-Breaking Partnership to Accelerate Medical Innovation in BC

The Rick Hansen Institute's BioDesign Partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the only one of its kind to focus on spinal cord injury

Today the Rick Hansen Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Alexander Grass Center for Bioengineering launched a ground-breaking partnership to accelerate medical innovation and improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injury (SCI). The BioDesign Partnership was announced at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre in Vancouver by the Rick Hansen Institute's CEO, Bill Barrable, and included remarks by the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould (whose Vancouver-Granville riding is home to the Institute), the Honourable Bruce Ralston, BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Yaakov Nahmias, Director of the Grass Center for Bioengineering, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Bernard Bressler, Director of the Board, Canada-Israel Industrial Research & Development Foundation.