Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research
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MSK Network Granted 5 Year Extension

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network is thrilled to announce that our recent CIHR-IMHA Network Catalyst grant application has been approved for funding!

Our successful grant application included 95 researchers and 32 trainees from 24 institutions, 27 collaborators and 22 partner organizations. With the generous support of our partner groups, we will leverage the 2-million-dollar grant funding into over eleven million dollars in total support over the next five years. With infrastructure, research priorities and administrative functions in place, we are now positioned for long-term success that can provide a meaningful impact on the research community in Canada.

Over the next five years we will build on the capacities and partnerships that we have created to conduct high impact, national studies on MSK research to enhance mobility, reduce pain, and improve quality of life. We are linking MSK research centres and patient groups across Canada to make the best use of the capacity and expertise that exists in the research community.

These accomplishments and future plans would not be possible without the invaluable support of our partner organizations. Thank you to our application team, valued partners and all of our Network members for their hard work!

SPC 2019 Conference and Network Meeting

We were thrilled to head to Western Canada and be a part of the Third World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy in Vancouver, BC. This premiere international conference was held October 4-5, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre with hundreds of international attendees, leading expert speakers and dozens of industry partners.

The Network was a sponsor of the conference and hosted a national meeting October 4th, 2019 over the lunch hour. Numerous Network trainees also presented their posters as part of the conference. Thank you to all who attended!

UBC Trainee Summer School Recap

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network was proud to be part of the University of British Columbia’s OBDAF Summer School on Wearable Sensors for Balance and Movement.

This interactive initiative brought together over 40 trainees from various programs and research disciplines to collaborate on a group project, while attending seminars from speakers who utilize wearable, web and mobile technologies in rehabilitation research.

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network provided financial assistance for twelve students to attend the conference from across Canada, helping the summer school become a national initiative.


Network Membership Survey - Round 2

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network ran a survey in April-May of 2018 to help guide our strategic planning over the coming year. Through consultation with our membership it was determined that wearable, web & mobile technology use in rehabilitation research is an emerging field that the Network should prioritize. This second round survey aims to further focus our priorities on the Network’s operations and how our CIHR funds will be used over the coming year. The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete and you can find it here:


2018 Canadian Bone & Joint Conference - May 10-12, 2018

Date: May 10-12, 2018
Conference website and registration details:
Hosted by: 2018 Canadian Bone & Joint Conference in Collaboration with the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network. Held on the picturesque Western University Campus in London Ontario, this exciting event will bring together international experts spanning multiple disciplines of musculoskeletal research. They will present new knowledge and brainstorm about future collaborative research to fulfill a vision of Lifelong Mobility. Hosted by Western's Bone and Joint Institute in partnership with the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network. Conference website and registration details:

CIHR Project Scheme Success

Congratulations to Network members Dr. Simon French and Dr. Jill Hayden who have recently been awarded CIHR Project Grants in the most recent round of awards. Below are the details on each successful project:

  • Title: Imaging use for low back pain by primary care practitioners
  • Principal investigators: French SD, Norman KE, Green ME
  • Principal investigator (Knowledge User): Bhatia RS
  • Co-Investigators: Booth C, Grimshaw J, Hartvigsen J, Hayden J, Ivers N, Peng P.
  • Funding Body and Scheme: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Project Scheme
    Duration: 2017 – 2020
  • Amount awarded: $707,626
  • Click here to see all details (.pdf)
  • Title: A clinical decision support tool for diagnostic imaging use for low back pain
  • Team: Hayden JA, Stiell I, French S, McGrath PJ, Curran J, Wells G, Campbell S, Magee K, Slipp P, Ogilvie R, Smith A & the LBP Advisory Group
  • Funding Body and Scheme: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Project Scheme, October 2016
  • Duration: 2017-2022
  • Amount: $784,124
  • Click here to see all details (.pdf)

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CIHR New Investigator Salary Awards in Clinical Rehab

Congratulations to network members François Desmeules and Tim Wideman who have recently been awarded CIHR New Investigator Salary Awards in Clinical Rehabilitation.

François' project is focused on Improving access and quality of care for patients suffering from common MSK disorders. "Advancing chronic pain rehabilitation: Developing novel approaches for risk stratified management and pain education" is the title of Tim Wideman's project. For more detail please visit: We look forward to learning more about Tim's and François' work as it will surely support our quest to improving the lives of people with MSK conditions.

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Network Coordinator Hired

The Network Coordinator - Ryan Power - has joined our administrative team to support the Network's work and virtual team. With intimate knowledge of the Network, Ryan will play a critical role in assisting the Principal Investigators and broad membership through: coordination of meetings; support of the Network's activities and research dissemination; maintenance of necessary supplies and reconciling financial statements; maintenance of linkages with stakeholders; development of current and new partnership connections; and liaison with the researchers, knowledge users and partners on a regular basis to maintain Network connections. Thank you to Margaret Lomotan and Jann Paquettte-Warren, BJI Manager Research and Innovationhave who provided temporary support for the network during the hiring process. General inquiries about the Network can be sent to Ryan at

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