Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research
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About Us



The Canadian Rehabilitation Research Network is an inclusive national network that facilitates collaborative transdisciplinary discovery, innovation, and clinical research that provides solutions to key research questions and care gaps in MSK rehabilitation.

Research Priorities

  • To discover pain and mobility mechanisms that contribute to MSK and work disability, and determine how they be translated into prevention/treatment targets for MSK rehab interventions
  • To develop and test technology-enabled interventions and novel treatments/delivery models that are effective in optimizing MSK rehab outcomes.

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Network Infrastructure

Through consultation with our membership, three key themes emerged in the research comunity which the Network aims to address: 1) continued support in the development of innovative new applications, 2) sharing knowledge, approaches and platforms, and 3) technical discussions on ever-changing software and hardware issues. In response to these needs, three major infrastructure projects have been launched by the Network:


GaitNET - A linked consortium of biomechanics labs across Canada with common procedures and data-sharing
Clinical Trials Network - Platform for collecting clinical outcomes data and/or implementing clinical trials across multiple sites
OpenWear - Planned shared open-source coding platform for use with data collected from wearable technologies

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Network Impact

The Network aims to increase the volume, quality, and impact of research that advances knowledge and informs decision-making. Network key research priorities will serve as guideposts to fund pilot studies that move the field forward (advancing knowledge and improving health outcomes). Since many MSK rehab research studies face challenges due to small sample sizes and underpowered funding, the combined efforts and platforms of the network to support multi-centre studies/trials will advance the future success and impact of MSK rehab research.

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Training and Mentoring

Trainees highly value funding that is leveraged to allow them to gain a training position with network members, travel awards to interact with experienced researchers, and networking opportunities, and these will continue for targeted initiatives.

Trainees will play key roles in all levels of governance and activities to enhance training and mentorship opportunities across Canada. This will facilitate skills development and early career success, as well as nurture and assist efficient KT and sustainability through: 1) transdisciplinary programming (e.g., trainee-led workshop, leadership and career advancement workshops, KT training, scholarships, peer review, travelling awards for internships in labs across the network); 2) virtual or cross-network exchange opportunities to maximize learning and skill development related to key technologies and research methodologies; and 3) collective and/or multi-institutional advisory panels/supervision of 70 trainees who will be integrated into the network. New investigators have been provided key leadership roles in the network and will leverage network mentors through formal events, mentorship matching, and informal networking.

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Patient Engagement

We have had deep engagement from a small group of dedicated patient partners, in addition to our designated patient partner Principal Knowledge User, Catherine Hofstetter. Over time we have been able to increase the number of patient partners which is important since life circumstances and illness can limit participation, and we want to avoid overly taxing a small number of people. All patients involved in the Network can choose how and when they engage in the setting of priority research questions, co-creation of knowledge, and KT plans. Patients are fill integrated into all Network activities and initiatives to maximize the impact of the patient perspective through all stages of MSK research.

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