Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research
MSK Research Groups
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Research Groups


To create focus and facilitate impact through mobilization of the membership, the network has three Research Groups centered on the network's strategic priorities:

  • Pain
    • Pain is a multifactor experience, with established models describing biological, psychological, and
      socio-environmental influences. The Pain Research Group consists of rehabilitation researchers focused on not just the anatomical or biological causes of pain, but also the psychological, environmental and sociological factors.
  Canadian MSK Rehab pain
  • Mobility

    • The Mobility Research Group works to improve or restore mobility from MSK-related disorders. This group works closely with our Technology and Wearable Sensors Technical Group to utilize technology such as mobile sensors, video capture or virtual reality systems in mobility research.

  • Work
    • The increasing burden of a wide range of MSK disorders including work and activity related injuries creates an urgent need for innovative and collaborative MSK rehab research. The Work Research Group focuses on MSK disorders that both contribute to, or are caused by, workplace conditions. This group has worked closely with emergency services workers to improve ergonomics and equipment in everyday movement.

Leaders in cross-cutting topic areas such as populations (e.g. pediatrics, adults, older adults), environment (e.g. clinic, workplace, sports/recreations) and type of research (e.g. basic, prevention, clinical, economic/policy) are included in all groups to enhance cross-linkages. Each Research Group will work closely with the Administrative Hub to communicate and disseminate timely information to all network members and beyond. The Principal Investigators of specific projects will liaise with the Research Group Lead for support and sharing of information as required, and to solicit potential collaborating researchers from other jurisdictions. Research project results, lessons learned, and best practice will be presented at the annual meeting and other e-communication strategy when appropriate.


Membership:   Meetings:  
  • Each Research Group will have co-leads including at least 1 partner and 1 co- investigator, and groups of affiliated network members
  • We will ensure diverse representation geographically, for professional role (e.g. patient, knowledge user, decision-maker, community agency, sponsor), expertise, etc.
  • Network members may join any of the Research Groups – composition is not limited to enhance collaborative opportunities
  • Each Lead will facilitate targeted activities on the virtual forum, sit on the Leadership Committee, and provide valuable expertise and insight regarding their specific topic area

  • The co-Leads will be charged with:
    • mobilizing network members to share ideas and resources
    • identifying research needs and opportunities within their research community
    • suggesting initiatives


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