The Institute for Rehabilitation Research and Development (IRRD) at The Rehabilitation Centre (Ottawa) was created to foster research, development, and networking activities with a focus on the clinical and practical application of rehabilitation services. Local IRRD objectives include coordinating research efforts at The Rehabilitation Centre and coordinating research-based conferences, seminars, and public lectures. Nationally, the IRRD promotes research networking, encourages information exchange, facilitates multi-centred research studies, and provides research consultation and project management. Internationally, the IRRD assists developing countries in the formation and growth of rehabilitation services through research and evaluation activities, provides research consultation and project management expertise, coordinates professional exchanges, and promotes the exchange of information related to research, education, and training.