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Biographies


Dr. Kenneth Rockwood 

Professor of Medicine (Geriatric Medicine and Neurology)
The Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimber Research, Dalhousie University and staff physician at the Nova Scotia Health Authority

Prof. Rockwood has had a longstanding interest in clinical and epidemiological aspects of frailty, dementia and delirium. Professor Rockwood had published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific publications and nine books. He was the National Lead for the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network. He is a member of the research executive committee of the Canadian Collaboration on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). He leads the CCNA's Knowledge Translation Program and co-leads the Quality of Life research theme. 


Karen Truter, RN(EC), MN, CHPCN(C) 

Nurse Practitioner, Post Acute Specialty Services, Northumberland Hills Hospital

Karen Truter is the Nurse Practitioner (NP) for Gerontology and Post-Acute Specialty Services in Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH), Cobourg, Ontario. She graduated as a RN in 1985 in Bristol, England, immigrated to Canada in 1996 and has nursed in Quebec and Ontario. She obtained her MN/NP degree in 2013. Her expertise is in palliative care and gerontology.

Karen is the lead NP in the Assess & Restore pilot, and has developed a process for direct admissions from emergency to a rehab bed, for those elderly patients that are failing at home and require intensive assessment and intervention as inpatients.

Karen’s focus of assessment incorporates both a medical and gerontological approach through comprehensive gerontological assessment. She, along with the interprofessional team at NHH, emphasizes the identity of gerontological syndromes as key to successful restoration of wellness for older adults.


Jill I. Cameron, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and an Affiliated Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - UHN

Dr. Jill Cameron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and an Affiliated Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - UHN. She has held Ministry of Health, Ministry of Research and Innovation, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Awards.

Her primary research interest is to understand the experiences and needs of family members who assume the role of informal caregiver for individuals with disability. Dr. Cameron aims to develop timely and relevant programs to assist them with their care-giving activities and pursuit of other valued activities and interests. The ultimate goal of her research is to support families as they transition across care environments with the aim of optimizing life in the community.


Pearl Gryfe, M.Sc., B.Sc.OT Reg (ON)

Clinical and Managing Director
Assistive Technology Clinic, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Baycrest Brain Health Centre

Pearl Gryfe, is the founder as well as the Clinical and Managing Director of the Assistive Technology Clinic based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Baycrest Brain Health Centre. 

Pearl is an Occupational Therapist with many years of professional experience in the fields of neurology, geriatrics, trauma, orthopedics, rheumatology, ergonomics and assistive technology. She is renowned for developing and implementing innovative interprofessional models of practice for neurodegenerative diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Stroke and Parkinson’s disease and is cross appointed to the University of Toronto in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. 

During her career, Pearl has won multiple teaching and professional awards including the Alumni Achievement Award (U of T 2004), has published a number of papers in peer reviewed journals and has consulted to many notable corporations. Currently, Pearl continues her duties carrying a caseload of complex clients, directing over 40 staff on two sites, managing multiple neuro-rehabilitative programs, and overseeing many new and exciting  assistive technology projects with the goal of improving the quality of life of all those suffering from neurodegenerative conditions.


Vincent Lo, PT, BSc.PT.

Lecturer, University of Toronto
Critical Care Physiotherapist, Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Toronto General Hospital, UHN

Vincent Lo is a critical care physiotherapist working in MSICU at the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network. He has 20 years experience working in critical care units across Toronto including Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital and has been at Toronto General Hospital since 2007.

Vincent holds a status appointment at the University of Toronto at the rank of Lecturer and has been involved in teaching in the Physical Therapy Program as a lecturer, lab instructor, and clinical skills examiner since 2001. Vincent was awarded the Exceptional Achievement Award from the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy in 2006-2007.

Vincent is currently pursuing and leading clinical research trials in the specialty area. Vincent has presented at numerous speaking engagements, courses and conferences on topics ranging from Chest X-ray Interpretation, Clinical Decision Making in Medically Complex Patients, Early ICU Mobility and Mobilizing ECLS Patients both locally and internationally.


 

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