Professor Ron Buliung to give keynote at the BRI Research Symposium on Elevating and Expanding Childhood Disability Research
Professor Ron Buliung will give the Mickey Milner International Professorship keynote lecture at the Bloorview (Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital) Research Institute’s annual research symposium on Monday, November 15, 2021. In his address, “Will this place always be like this?”, Ron uses stories from his family’s everyday life and his research in a discussion centred on the problematic absence of disability justice; the giant chasm between “human rights” and lived experience. The professorship sponsor, Dr. Mickey Milner, is a pioneer in the field of childhood disability. He had an illustrious career as a scientist, professor, entrepreneur, and advocate for children and youth with disability. Upon his retirement, a fund was set up to host a scientist of international stature each year in Dr. Milner’s honour.
Bloorview’s annual symposium showcases the research of our trainees and scientists in the area of childhood disability. The day long program includes research talks, quick hit sessions (rapid fire presentations lasting two minutes), a lived experience keynote (the client and family perspective), breakout sessions, and an artistic performance. Past lecturers have included, among others, Roberta Woodgate (University of Manitoba), David Nicholas (University of Calgary), Susan Harris (UBC), Deb Stewart (McMaster), Michael Merzenich (UCSF), Rob Imrie (King’s College, London), James Patton (Northwestern U & Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly Rehab Institute of Chicago), and Christine Imms (Sydney, Australia).