Dr. Dina Brooks and Dr. George Mochizuki Receive Rehabilitation Sciences Institute Awards

Department of Physical Therapy Professor Dr. Brooks and Status-Appointment Assistant Professor Dr. Mochizuki are recognized for their outstanding contributions to RSI at University of Toronto.

Photo of Dr. Dina Brooks

Dr. Brooks has been honoured with the Outstanding Service Award for her leadership as RSI Graduate Coordinator and Chair of the Admission and Awards Committee. This award also acknowledges Dr. Brooks’ promotion of RSI initiatives, recruitment of graduate students, assistance with advancement and fundraising, and external promotion of RSI. The RSI thanks Dr. Brooks for her commitment to creating a positive work environment.

head shot of Dr. George Mochizuki

Dr. Mochizuki has won the Early Career Excellence in Supervision and Mentorship Award, for his significant contribution to the training and experience of graduate students, as evidenced by his excellence in supervision, mentorship and dedication to students.



About Dr. Dina Brooks

Dr. Brooks is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Rehabilitation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She is also the recipient of several teaching and research awards and holds many grants. Her research experience has included varied models (e.g., anaesthetized animals, conscious animals and humans) and different research approaches. She is presently involved in research in two main patient populations: individuals with chronic lung disease and those with cardiovascular disease. In the area of chronic lung disease, she is involved in several clinical trials on the effectiveness of different components and modes of delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation. In cardiovascular rehabilitation, Dr. Brooks is investigating the effectiveness of exercise training in individuals after stroke.


About Dr. George Mochizuki

Dr. Mochizuki is a Scientist with the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery in the Brain Sciences Program at the Sunnybrook Research Institute.  He is also an Assistant Professor (status-appointment) in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Mochizuki completed his undergraduate training (BPHE) at Laurentian University and earned his MSc (Exercise Science) at Syracuse University.  He completed his graduate training (PhD, Neuroscience) at the University of Western Ontario.  Prior to joining the Department of Physical Therapy in 2009, Dr. Mochizuki was a post-doctoral fellow at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.