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Bone & Joint Institute Seeking Director

Western University in London, Ontario, Canada seeks applicants for a Director of the Bone and Joint Institute (BJI) (https://boneandjoint.uwo.ca/). Applicants who can demonstrate outstanding leadership in research, training and outreach in the field of musculoskeletal health are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2021. Please see the full details and application instructions below:

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Announcements Research

Dr. Shawn Robbins Receives Strategic Operating Grant from The Arthritis Society

Congratulations to Network researcher Dr. Shawn Robbins from McGill University for receiving a Strategic Operating Grant from the Arthritis Society for his project: The effectiveness of medial pivot knee arthroplasty implants at improving gait and clinical outcomes in patients with knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial.

“Over 67,000 knee replacements are performed annually in Canada for knee arthritis and 20% of patients remain unsatisfied after surgery. New implants have been designed, called medial pivot implants, which claim to more closely mimic normal knee movements. There has been limited testing of these implants, so their effectiveness and safety are not clear. Dr. Shawn Robbins will compare knee movement before and after surgery for walking and stair climbing, pain, and physical function between patients who had medial pivot or traditional knee replacement implants. A better understanding of the most effective knee implants will help to maximize patient outcomes, minimize negative side effects, and decrease demands on the healthcare system.”

You can view all results from The Arthritis Society’s recent grant competition here: https://arthritis.ca/researchers/competition-results

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Announcements Research

Dr. Lisa Carlesso Receives Career Development Award

Congratulations to Network Researcher Dr. Lisa Carlesso who received the Arthritis Society’s Stars Career Development award for her project entitled ‘Improving our Understanding of Pain Mechanisms in People with Knee OA’. Learn more about Dr. Carlesso and her research on her faculty webpage:

https://mira.mcmaster.ca/team/bio/lisa-carlesso

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Announcements Research

Dr. Noemi Dahan-Oliel’s Numerous Funding and Award Success

  • Dr. Noemi Dahan-Oliel has had multiple recent successes and awards:
    • “Measure for the Upper Extremity in Arthrogryposis: Development and Psychometrics” was funded for a multisite developmental clinical grant from the Shriners Hospitals for Children (January 2021 to December 2023; $460,833 USD). Noémi Dahan-Oliel (PI), co-Is: Reggie Hamdy, Chantal Janelle, Laurie Snider, Johanne Higgins, Michelle James, Krister Freese, Dan Zlotolow, Felicity Fishman, Lauren Hyer
    • “Platform Architecture and Machine Learning for Arthrogryposis” was funded for the 2020 SHC & Georgia Tech (GT) Seed Grant Program (January 2021 to December 2022; $150,000 USD). Co-PIs: Noémi Dahan-Oliel & Tony Pan (GT); Co-Is: Srinivas Aluru (GT) Reggie Hamdy, Ghalib Bardai, Frank Rauch, Michelle James, Krister Freese, Harold van Bosse
    • Dr. Dahan Oliel was also awarded ‘Rising Star’ award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) ($60,000 USD over 3 years 2020-2023)
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Announcements Research

Trainee-led Network Team’s Research Highlighted Nationally

Network Trainee Codie Primeau and team including Network PI’s Dr. Trevor Birmingham and Dr. Rebecca Moyer, recently had their publication “Trajectories of perceived exertion and pain over a 12-week neuromuscular exercise program in patients with knee osteoarthritis” highlighted in The Globe and Mail by Alex Hutchinson:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/article-work-through-the-pain-if-you-have-arthritis-it-will-get-better/

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Announcements Research

Joy MacDermid Recognized for Top Research Advances of 2020

Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network NPI Dr. Joy MacDermid and fellow Network collaborators recognized by Arthritis Society’s Top 10 Research Advances of 2020. Read more here: https://arthritis.ca/about-us/what-we-do/research/top-10-research-advances-of-2020

Dr. MacDermid was also was recently named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Health Outcomes & Knowledge Translation: https://news.westernu.ca/2020/12/crc/

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Opportunities

Trainee Opportunity at University of Calgary

Dr. Ranita Manocha of the University of Calgary is currently seeking one Masters Student and one Undergraduate Student with an interest in clinical biomechanics.

Interested candidates may contact Dr. Manocha directly at: ranita.manocha@ucalgary.ca

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Announcements Grants

Coming Soon: Team Development Grants

One of the Network’s key initiatives to improve rehabilitation research in Canada is our annual Project/Team Development Grant Awards Competition.

Competitions are held annually to provide funding for early stage, high impact MSK research projects, and generates opportunities for trainees and young investigators to gain valuable experience in the field. We aim to encourage new transdisciplinary research initiatives, with an emphasis on collaboration across Canada.

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Newsletter

Fall 2020 Newsletter

We are pleased to share the latest newsletter from the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network.

Despite the challenges faced over the past several months, the Network’s Executive and Administrative teams have been hard at work on a number of exciting initiatives. This edition is filled with news and highlights including:

  • Canadian Bone & Joint Conference Highlights
  • Addressing Mobility Challenges faced through COVID-19
  • Pilot Grant Awardees
  • Network Committees – How to Get Involved
  • Member News & Success
  • Opportunities & Availabilities
  • …and much more
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Announcements

Network Statement on COVID-19

On behalf of the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network’s Leadership Committee, we would like to assure our members that the Network is continuing our operations through the current COVID-19 pandemic.


The Network’s administrative hub is based at Western University and all of our administrative processes are continuing uninterrupted. Our PI team, Network Coordinator and most committees will continue to operate, however some financial services may be delayed. We appreciate your patience during this time.


While in-person meetings and collaborations are invaluable to research efforts, our virtual Network is well positioned to manage the current public health crisis. Most of the Network’s correspondence including committee meetings and grant review panels have always operated via web conference software. In June 2020 we partnered with the Bone and Joint Institute at Western University to co-host a successful virtual conference (cbjc.ca).


We are happy to assist any of our Network members with facilitating virtual meetings, arranging calls or forming new research teams. Our Network Coordinator is available to chair conference calls, take meeting minutes or assist with other remote tasks you may need help with. Any comments or questions can be directed to rehabnet@uwo.ca


With the support of our national partners and researchers, we have developed a resource database to support researchers, clinicians, patients and community members who are isolated and living with mobility challenges. We have listed Trusted Resources, Ongoing Research and Published Studies in conjuction with The Bone and Joint Institute, available here


Thank you