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Western University Trainee Summer School

MSK Rehab Research Network – Trainee Summer School


July 31 – August 4 | Western University

The MSK Rehab Research Network is excited to offer an interactive trainee summer school on outcome measurement. Topics include measurement theory, properties and how they are assessed, as well as a focus on patient engagement.

Participants will also gain hands-on experience at the state-of-the-art Wolf Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab (WOBL) and the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC).

Speakers: Dr. Trevor Birmingham, Dr. Lisa Carlesso, Dr. Joy MacDermid, Dr. Tara Packham as well as patient partners.

This event is free and open to trainees of all levels who are involved in MSK rehabilitation research at a Canadian university. The event will be capped at a maximum of 25 participants to ensure an interactive, hands-on experience for all.

Space is extremely limited, apply today!

Applications will be assessed on a first come, first serve basis and evaluated on alignment with Network priorities.

Key Concepts Covered:

  • Pain
  • Muscle Strength and Endurance
  • Joint Motion and Kinematics
  • Balance
  • Gait
  • Sensibility
  • Patient-reported Outcomes
  • Performance-based functional tests

Expected Trainee Outputs:

  • Develop an outcome measurement strategy for your own research program
  • A plan for partnering with patients/persons with lived experience in your research

Tentative Schedule

July 31 August 1 August 2 August 3 August 4
Morning Arrival Morning Lectures Morning Lectures Morning Lectures Patient & PWLE Session
Afternoon Registration Lab Testing & Measurement (WOBL) Lab Testing & Measurement (HULC) Performance Based Tests Wrap-Up and Departure

Travel & Accommodations:

On-campus accommodations are available for non-Western students at Ontario Hall Residence. This residence is located directly across from Elborn College, where most sessions will be taking place. Accommodation costs will be covered and include hot breakfast. Daily lunches will be provided for all participants.

Details on bookings will be provided following your acceptance into the summer school.

Non-local participants will be required to arrange their own travel to London and local transport to/from Western University. Following the event, the Network will reimburse up to $500 in CIHR-eligible travel expenses per person.

Some walking or local transit may be required between classrooms and lab locations on and near campus. Please make note of any mobility challenges you may have so we can accommodate as best as possible.

Any questions can be directed to Ryan Power (


McMaster Origin of Chronic Pain Study

Our partners at McMaster University are conducting a short, anonymous survey to better understand the origins of chronic pain. They are seeking participants 18 years or older, who are living with chronic pain in Canada.

See the poster below, or click the following link to access the survey:


Balancing clinician and patient priorities for total shoulder replacement preoperative education programs

Congratulations to Network trainee and her team, including several Network investigators, on their recent publication in Patient Education and Counseling. The article titled, “Balancing clinician and patient priorities for total shoulder replacement preoperative education programs” is available for free download at the link below:


Network Newsletter: Winter/Spring 2023

We are pleased to share our latest edition of the MSK Rehab Research Network Newsletter.

Included in this jam-packed newsletter:

  • Multiple 2023 Trainee Summer Schools
  • Trainee Travel Award Recipients
  • Upcoming Events & Highlights
  • Network Member News: publications & awards
  • Opportunities
  • …and much more

Click below to download:

MSK Rehab Network Newsletter Spring 2023

Announcements Research

INTER-REPAR Trainee Summer School

June 5-8, 2023 in Drummondville, Quebec

The MSK Rehab Research Network is thrilled to partner with REPAR (Quebec Rehab Research Network) as they host a Trainee Summer School focused on artificial intelligence use in rehabilitation research.

The Rehab Network has secured five spots in the summer school open to Network trainees and will be covering the registration and accommodation costs ($875) as well as up to $500 in travel expense reimbursements.

Please note that all instruction and presentations will be conducted in French. Therefore, any interested trainees must be able to fully understand spoken French. Full information is available here:

Interested trainees can contact to express their interest and will be provided with more information.


Mapping sedentary behaviour (MAPS-B) in older adults who are frail: A feasibility study

Dr. Isabel B. Rodrigues received the Hamilton Health Sciences New Investigator Fund ($50,000) as principal investigator to help support her study on the feasibility of measuring sedentary behaviour in older adults who are frail. The study is a collaborative study between the departments of medicine, engineering, and kinesiology.

Older adults who are frail are more likely to be sedentary. Currently, it is unclear which types of interventions work to decrease sedentary behaviour, especially among older adults who are frail. We also have limited tools that accurately assess the context of sedentary behaviour. Context is defined as the purpose, location, posture, and social environment of the behaviour. The purpose of the Mapping Sedentary Behaviour (MAPS-B) study will be to determine the feasibility of assessing the context of sedentary behaviour using objective and subjective measures. The results of the MAPS-B study will be used to understand how we can accurately and reliably measure sedentary behaviour and what types of sedentary behaviours older adults engage in.

To learn more about the study please visit:


Participants Needed – FORTIFY Bones Study

A collaborative research team is seeking participants in Waterloo, Markham and Saskatoon. Please see poster below for full details and contact info:


The Hands I’ve Been Dealt

Catherine Hofstetter (Network Principal Knowledge User) recently published a thoughtful and insightful article from a patient’s perspective in the Journal of Hand Therapy:

“In life, you get the ‘hands’ you are dealt, and my ‘hand’ resulted in my being the third generation on my father’s side of the family to be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), all of us around the age of 36. I had an acute onset that had the immediate effect of throwing my life and work into chaos.”

Download the full PDF text here

Newsletter Research

BJI Showcase February 24

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network was proud to co-host Western University’s BJI Showcase Series on February 24th.

The showcase included presentations from two Network trainees, Dr. Harvi Hart (Western) and Dr. Jesse Charlton (UBC). You can now view the full session available below.

Newsletter Opportunities

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor (tenure track) – Implementation Science at UBCO

The Division of Social Medicine, Department of Medicine, at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the area of Implementation Science.

They are seeking an Implementation Scientist who studies the implementation of virtual health innovations to improve healthcare and disease prevention in rural, remote, and other isolated communities.

The position will be located at UBC’s Okanagan Campus.

Posting End Date: March 31, 2023

Full details available here:–Tenure-track-_JR11668