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Network Newsletter: Summer/Fall 2023

We are pleased to share the latest edition of the MSK Rehab Research Network Newsletter. It has been a busy and productive year for the Network and our researchers and we are excited to share the news with the rehabilitation research community.

Included in this edition:

  • Trainee Summer School Recap
  • Recent and Upcoming Events
  • Trainee Opportunities at UBC
  • Network News
  • Recent Publications, Presentations & Awards
  • …and much more!

Click to download: Newsletter Summer-Fall 2023


Announcements Opportunities

Post-Doctoral Position at Western University

A postdoctoral position is available with Drs. David Walton and Alison Rushton at Western University. This position is available immediately, and recruitment will continue until it is filled. The position would be for 1 year with an option of extension.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a field related to Rehabilitation or Health Science, including but not limited to: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Health Studies, Knowledge Translation or Implementation Science, Health Services Research, Psychology, or a closely related field. Experience with online data collection and management, and analytics of large datasets would be an asset but not required.

Full details and application instructions are available here:

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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 host an interactive trainee summer school on outcome measurement and patient engagement.

Participants will 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 include: Dr. Trevor Birmingham, Dr. Pavlos Bobos, Dr. Lisa Carlesso, Dr. Joy MacDermid, Dr. Tara Packham, Dr. Tina Ziebart as well as patient partners.

Schedule (click below to download)

RehabNet Summer School Program Final

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

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 (

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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:

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Funding Opportunity: 2023 Trainee Travel Awards

UPDATE MARCH 1O, 2023: due to the overwhelming response to this opportunity, application intake is currently closed as we assess available funds. Thank you for your interest in this competition!

We are pleased to announce the return of our annual Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network Trainee Travel Awards. 2023 will mark our fifth Trainee Awards competition and up to $20,000 in total funding is available to:

  • foster the development of future leaders in MSK health rehabilitation research;
  • enhance the number of trainees involved in transdisciplinary musculoskeletal health rehabilitation research;
  • support the career advancement of trainees; and
  • support each trainee financially

Call for Applications: February 15th, 2023

Funds Available

In 2023 the Network will be offering a total of up to $20,000 in three tiers of stipends based on travel distance:

Within Province or Virtual Presentation – up to $500 per award

Neighbouring Province (ex. Ontario to Quebec, Alberta to BC) – up to $1,500 per award

National or International Travel – up to $2,000 per award

These awards are intended to cover conference travel and registration expenses to attend a conference at which the trainee has been invited to present their research. Applicants will submit expenses or a proposed budget of CIHR-eligible costs and awarded funds will be given based on incurred expenses up to the maximum of each funding tier above. Applicants will be eligible for a maximum of one (1) award per calendar year.


The purpose of the award is to assist with travel expenses for trainees to present their research at a conference related to MSK rehabilitation research (via poster, oral or other form of presentation). Note that funding will be subject to abstract submission and approval at the conference you plan to attend. Oral/podium presentation invitations may be given preference over poster presentations.

This form of awards allows the Network to fund a much larger number of trainees this year than traditional awards and provide additional professional development opportunities not covered by their current funding. Please note that additional funding and experiential opportunities will be launched by the MSK Rehab Research Network throughout 2023.


Rolling applications through September 1st, 2023 or until a total of $20,000 has been awarded. First funding decisions will be made by March 15th, 2023 and subsequent decisions will be made within two weeks of receiving application. Please note that due to high demand in 2022, all available funds were awarded within two months of launching – be sure to apply early!

Eligibility Criteria

  • outstanding potential to contribute to MSK health rehabilitation research;
  • registered as a full-time graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or clinician scientist in training;
  • accepted to an accredited program;
  • supervised (mentored) by a current Network Member;
  • engaged in research that is clearly relevant to MSK health rehabilitation


  • indicate which conference(s) at which you will be presenting, including travel distance. Please indicate whether you have been invited for a podium or poster presentation
  • include a proposed budget and justification of funds for travel to a national or international conference specific to MSK rehabilitation research
  • provide details on the research topic for the conference at which you will attend and present your project
  • submit reporting, as requested by network training and mentoring group

How to Apply

Applications currently closed

Any questions can be directed to Ryan Power (Network Coordinator) at

Announcements Opportunities

Opportunity: Professor and Director of Disability and Rehabilitation – Griffith University

Reference Number: REF513H

Professor and Director of Disability and Rehabilitation

170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111, Australia Full-time

Griffith University is a progressive, values-led university dedicated to learning, leadership, and innovation. This is your chance to help us achieve our vision to transform lives and add to human knowledge and understanding in a way that creates a future that benefits all.

Since opening in 1975, Griffith has grown from one campus and 451 students to become a comprehensive, multi-campus institution, with 50,000 students and more than 200,000 graduates.

The Hopkins Centre: Research for Rehabilitation and Resilience is a joint initiative between the Division of Rehabilitation, Metro South Hospital and Health Service and Griffith University. It sits within the Health Group and is an integral part of Griffith’s suite of disability and rehabilitation research program. Metro South Health and Griffith University have a strong history of collaboration on recovery, rehabilitation & resilience research and service development.

The Centre is leading the way in interdisciplinary applied research that examines disability and rehabilitation practices, services and systems. It provides a vehicle for driving improvements in service delivery by facilitating research that is embedded in practice and translates into meaningful outcomes for people who have injuries and disability.

Job Description

About the Opportunity
In this position, you will be involved in leading a range of activities of strategic relevance to The Hopkins Centre.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Play a significant leadership role, building our focus on implementing excellent research and translating evidence to improve quality of life for people injured in road traffic crashes.
  • Develop growth and funding strategies to ensure the reputation and trajectory of the Centre are maintained.
  • Provide leadership and collegial management of the Centre’s core funding
  • Build an integrated and collaborative approach to the management of the Centre
  • Lead and manage complex cross-sectoral initiatives, strategic plan, ongoing research quality, research outcomes and partnerships
  • Develop the profile of the Centre in collaboration with the Health Group and Metro South leadership teams and relevant committees
  • Be a leading authority in the relevant discipline or area of expertise and contribute to the advancement of knowledge through a diverse range of distinguished research contributions
  • Provide academic leadership ensuring consistently high-quality experiences and outcomes are achieved for higher degree research (HDR) candidates.

This is a full time, fixed term position for 5 years based at the Griffith University Nathan campus. It is expected that the successful candidate will be available to attend campus in person as a normal requirement of the role.

Salary Range

The base salary for a Professor (Level E) position is $190,262 per annum, plus 17% employer superannuation. The total package is $222,606 per annum.


To be successful in this position, you will demonstrate:

  • An internationally competitive research track record in a discipline area related to the Hopkins Centre and the core MAIC-funded Programs, including demonstrable evidence high level research translation, ability to attract funding and produce high quality publications.
  • A PhD in a relevant area of rehabilitation with demonstrated significant post-doctoral research experience, preferably with exposure to CTP or lifetime care schemes.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in research design and methods that are applicable in complex rehabilitation settings.
  • Demonstrated excellence and achievement in leadership including the ability to build strong, sustainable and diverse teams, manage resources within a budget, and coordinate a broad range of academic and research functions in line with strategic objectives.
  • Knowledge and experience of working across sectors, and integrating knowledge from allied health, medical, community services, policy/sociolegal and scientific research, understanding of evaluation models and designing applied research that is embedded in industry/clinical practice and policies.
  • Ability to analyse information, summarise findings and present in ways easily understandable to decision makers and stakeholders.
  • Experience supporting and mentoring staff and members from partner organisations with diverse backgrounds, abilities and experiences.
  • Experience working with governing bodies, Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards.
  • An internationally competitive research track record in a discipline area related to the Hopkins Centre and the core MAIC-funded Programs, including demonstrable evidence high level research translation, ability to attract funding and produce high quality publications.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong and productive relationships with all stakeholders (public private, not for profit, along with considerable experience in successfully leading inter-disciplinary research teams and in facilitating cross-disciplinary team building.

Additional information
How to Apply
Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your suitability for the role (please refer to the ‘About You’ criteria and the position description: PD_ProfessorDirector)
  • Current curriculum vitae, including name and contact details.
  • Link HERE

Visa sponsorship is possible for this appointment for candidates who do not hold valid Australian work rights.

Why Join Griffith?
We offer:

  • Flexible working options and genuine work-life balance
  • Salary packaging options and corporate health discounts 
  • Generous leave entitlements including paid parental leave and leave loading
  • Support with future learning opportunities through our educational staff assistance scheme

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. For more information please visit our  Equity, Diversity and Inclusion  page.

Griffith’s strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further Information

For further information about this role, please contact Professor Elizabeth Kendall on

For application queries, please contact Jinita Dhall, Talent Acquisition Partner, on

Closing date: Monday 6 March 2023 at 5:00pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

Announcements Research

Upcoming Webinar: BJI Showcase February 24

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network is excited to partner with Western’s Bone & Joint Institute for the upcoming BJI Showcase Series on February 24, 2023 at 2:00PM EST.

Join Rehab Network trainee members Dr. Harvi Hart (Western) and Dr. Jesse Charlton (UBC) for engaging presentations and discussion on wearable technologies and gait biomechanics research performed outside of the lab.

Please see the poster below for full details and Zoom log-in link. We hope to see many of our Rehab Network members online!

Announcements Opportunities

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: 2023 Call for Abstracts

Be a part of the 78th ASSH Annual Meeting, scheduled for October 5-7, 2023, in Toronto, Ontario. Read the important policies and guidelines and submit your Instructional Course and Symposia proposals by November 15, 2022. Questions may be directed to

Submit an abstract