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Traumatic Brain Injury, Sleep Disorders and Return to Work

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Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in Canada and worldwide. This presentation addresses traumatic brain injury in the occupational context, which historically has received less attention than sports related injuries.

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This presentation provides an overview of this serious injury with a sex and gender lens.  We report on incidence across industry sectors as well as consequences. Perceived factors associated with return to work will also be presented. The prevalence and significance of sleep disorders in relation to occupational brain injury will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

Understand the incidence and nature of occupational brain injury with a sex and gender lens
Understand perceived factors associated with return to work after occupational brain injury
Understand the nature and relevance of sleep disorders associated with occupational brain injury


Dr. Angela Colantonio
Dr. Angela Colantonio is the Director of the University of Toronto’s Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, and a Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She holds a CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health and is a Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Senior Scientist. She heads an internationally recognized research program on acquired brain injury focusing on vulnerable populations, work-related TBI, return to work, and sex and gender analyses. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the American College of Epidemiology and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. She has authored over 250 publications.
Dr. Tatyana Mollayeva
Dr. Tatyana Mollayeva is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Acquired Brain injury Lab of the University of Toronto, working with Dr. Angela Colantonio on topics of sleep, cognitive decline and comorbidity in persons with traumatic brain injury. She received medical degree from the Moscow Medical Academy, epidemiology specialty from the Turkmen State Medical University, and PhD in rehabilitation and neuro- sciences from the University of Toronto. Over the course of her professional career she has served numerous roles within healthcare and disability management systems. In 2015 she was a recipient of the Debra Wilkerson Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine for her early career contributions to the field of medical rehabilitation.

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