05/02/2019-Congratulations to Maziar Hafezi who has been selected to receive the AGE-WELL Emerging Entrepreneur Award. for more

04/23/2019-Congratulations to Shumit Saha who has been selected for an oral presentation on May 27, 2019 at the IBBME Annual Research Conference 2019.

03/21/2019-Dr. Nasim Montaseri is selected as one of the winners of the 2019 RBC Post-Doctoral & Graduate Fellowship for outstanding entrepreneurial spirit. for more

02/28/2019-SleepdB hosted Professor Shahram Yousefi PhD, P. Eng, from Queens University to discuss the Canadian healthcare system and what we can do to help.

01/30/2019-SleepdB wins the ‘People’s Choice Award” for the Minute Madness session at Toronto Rehab Research Day 2019

01/30/2019-Some team members taking a quick break at Toronto Rehab Research Day 2019.

L to R: Dr. Cristina Francisco, Caren (Xiaoshu) Cao , Bryan Piper, Bojan Gavrilovic, Joseph Makanjuola

01/14/2019-Grant Gruenspan has successfully defended his MHSc in Clinical Engineering thesis. Congratulations Grant!


12/17/2018-Dr. Azadeh Yadollahi is one of three scientists at Toronto Rehab featured in UHN’s Research Report for 2018 themed- “In It Together”. The feature offers a glimpse into the future of rehabilitation. Read more

05/29/2018-Shumit Saha has been selected as the Runner-up in the “Poster Presentations: Engineering in a Clinical Setting” category at the 2018 IBBME Annual Research Conference(iARC)

01/23/2018-Shumit Saha has been selected as the Winner in the “Technovation Award” at Toronto Rehab Research Day 2017


10/19/2017-Ahnaf Rashik Hassan has been awarded the Sally and Paul Wang Graduate Scholarship in Biomedical Engineering from IBBME, University of Toronto

6/26/2017-Daniel Vena has been selected as the runner up in the “Innovative Concept” category of Power Play Pitch Competition 2017

6/26/2017- Joseph Makanjuola has been awarded the “2017 TRI Volunteer of the Year”

5/18/2017- SleepdB members’ photo in Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Research Day 2016.

5/18/2017- Daniel Vena has been awarded the best poster in Neural, Sensory Systems and Rehabilitation at the IBBME Annual Research Conference 2017.

5/18/2017- Ahnaf has been selected as the runner-up for best poster in Engineering in Clinical Setting at the IBBME Annual Research Conference 2017.

3/21/2017- The SleepdB team along with the Sleep lab team of TRI celebrated the Iranian New Year, 2017.

Iranian New year-March 2017


12/2/2016- Shumit Saha has successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis.

11/16/2016 –  Dr. Yadollahi was invited to speak at the 2016 Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Fall Forum at Toronto Rehab.

On Saturday, November 12th, Toronto Rehab and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers jointly hosted the 2016 Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Fall Forum at Toronto Rehab.

The Ontario population is aging and this shift in demographic will change health care and biotechnology. Therefore, this year’s forum was focused to showcase three women engineers and entrepreneurs working to address this demographic shift through their cutting-edge work in biotechnology, health care, and life sciences. Dr. Milica Radisic, Professor at the University of Toronto presented new advances in tissue engineering to improve cardiac disorders. Dr. Azadeh Yadollahi, Scientist at the Toronto Rehab, discussed her research  about new technologies to improve breathing disorders during sleep. Dr. Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science Office at RBC presented her work on developing and commercializing new biometric based on electrocardiogram signature.

The Honourable Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges—Markham and Minister of Community and Social Services was the last speaker. She discussed the importance of the active role of women in engineering and leadership responsibilities. She also discussed the effects of shift in demographic on community and social services.

The event was very successful, and more than 40 engineers from a broad spectrum of expertise attended the event. Special thanks to Hilary Whiting and Catharine Hancharek for organizing the event.


10/26/2016 – Thursday November 3rd, Angelo H. All, MD, MBA will be presenting at the SleepdB journal club

9/6/2016 – Bojan Gavrilovic and Derek Zhi have successfully defended their M.H.Sc. thesis

6/17/2016 – Tuesday June 28th, Dr Gaspard Montandon will be presenting at the SleepdB journal club

6/1/2016 – Dr. Yadollahi’s original research “Relationship of Fluid Accumulation in the Neck to Sleep Structure in Men during Daytime Sleep” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

5/27/2016 – Bojan Gavrilovic’s original research “Factors Predisposing to Worsening of Sleep Apnea in Response to Fluid Overload in Men” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sleep Medicine

4/28/2016 – Dr. Yadollahi has been awarded the NSERC Discovery grant

4/28/2016 – Shumit Saha has been granted the Connaught international doctoral scholarship

17/03/2016 – Dr. Yadollahi received the Emerging Research Leaders Initiative (ERLI) grant from the Canadian Respiratory Research Network (CRRN) and AllerGen NCE.

ERLI2015This is a 3-year application to investigate the potential role of rostral fluid shift on the pathophysiology of asthma and small airway narrowing during sleep.

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21/09/2015 – Dr. Shokrollahi has been appointed as the new Chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Toronto Section

Congratulations!  Mehrnaz Shokrollahi, Post-Doctoral Fellow, has been elected the Chair of IEEE Signal Processing Chapter, Toronto Section. Previously vice chair, she will be responsible for organizing Conferences, Distinguished Lectures, Workshops, Journal Clubs, and other activities. She will also attend the annual IEEE Signal Processing Society meetings that take place in IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP).  She has been an active member and has served on various committees of the IEEE since 2008.
While doing her PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Ryerson she won an award for her innovative device that can detect heart attacks in drivers. Her device monitors the driver’s heartbeat, blood pressure and appearance, and automatically connects to emergency services with the vehicle’s location, if a problem is detected. She has completed the market research and is working on designing the prototype.
Mehrnaz is being supervised by Dr. Azadeh Yadollahi and Dr. Frank Rudzicz and her current focus is to develop advanced signal processing and machine learning algorithms to investigate breathing disorders during sleep. She will incorporate her solid background to develop a novel wearable device to monitor intensity and duration of daily activity, sleep apnea severity, and vital physiological signals including respiratory rate and intensity.


17/09/2015 – Thank you to everyone who helped and contributed to our fundraiser in support of the Syrian Refugees. The event was a                         great success with more than $4000 in donations raised.

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01/09/2015 – Dr. Shokrollahi was awarded the Age-Well postdoctoral award in technology and aging

29/08/2015 – Excellent presentations by Danial Vena, Shumit Saha, and Bojan Gavrilovic at EMBC 2015

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25/08/2015 – Danial Vena, Shumit Saha, and Bojan Gavrilovic will be presenting their work at the 37th Annual                                                                 International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

15/08/2015 – Derek Zhi and Bojan Gavrilovic have been awarded the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute student scholarship

27/03/2015 – Dr. Yadollahi was invited to speak at the Mitacs Elevate funding announcement in Woodbridge

Azadeh at Mitacs