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2022 Collaborative Catalyst Grant Recipients

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network is committed to supporting high-impact, high-potential research and teams across Canada. Our annual Collaborative Catalyst grants are aimed to encourage new, externally funded, transdisciplinary research initiatives.

We were thrilled with the both the number and quality of submissions in response to this year’s call. The Rehab Network initially intended to fund up to six projects at up to $25,000 each – a total of $150,000. However our reviewers felt the quality of the submissions warranted funding additional applications. Therefore, we were happy to increase our budget for this call, funding a total of eight (8) applications at $25,000 each – a total investment of $200,000.

Below are the successful teams:

PI NameInstitutionProject TitleTeam
Cheryl KozeyDalhousieA pilot feasibility multicenter study to identify risk factors for rapid progression in those with early mild to moderate knee osteoarthritisJanie Wilson, Trevor Birmingham, Top Applteon, Sarah Manske, Steve Boyd, Olga Theou, Rebecca Moyer, Michael Dunbar, Joy MacDermid, Angelo Rudic (P), Bernadette McCann (T), Ann Smith Viera (P)
Kevin DeluzioQueensCharacterizing patient mobility and functional status while on waitlist for total knee replacement: A multi-center feasibility pilot studyJanie Astephen Wilson, Dylan Kobsar,, David Wilson, Elise Laende (T), Jereme Outerleys (T), Cheryl Kozey, Michael Dunbar, Glen Richardson, Ann Smith-Veiero (P), Gavin Wood, John Rudan, Mark Harrison, Aaron Campbell, Anthony Adili
Hugo Masse AlarieLavalSpine motor control and pain processing as predictive and explanatory factors of chronic low back painLuc Lacombe (P), Pierre Langevin, Guillaume Léonard, Clermont Dionne, Lisa Carlesso, Michel-Pierre Coll, Anaïs Lacasse, Jean-Sébastien Roy
JS RoyLavalDo psychosocial factors predict the persistence of shoulder pain?Simon Beaulieu-Bonneau, Dayana Patricia Rosa, (T), Hugo Masse-Alarie, Alex Scott, Frédérique Dupuis, Marc-Olivier Dubé, Gilles Drouin (P)
Lora GiangregorioWaterlooVirtual Intervention for Vertebral frACture (VIVA): Feasibility of implementation in a multicentre trialLarry Funnell, Sheila Brien (P), Cheryl Bulycz (P), Heather Keller, Alecandra Papaioannou, Lehana Thabane, Ravi Jain, Jenny Thain, Timothy Wideman, Suzanne Morin, Jenna Gibbs, Zach Weston, Catlin McArthur, Lauren Beaupre, Maureen Ashe, Allison Legg (T), David Emond (T), Matteo Ponzano (T), Nochilas Tibert (T), Judi Laprade
Luciana MacedoMcMasterFeasibility testing of a pre-surgical rehabilitation program for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: a multi-center pilot randomized controlled trialNora Bakaa (T), Doug Gross, Lisa Carlesso, Joy MacDermid, Flo Slomp, Alison Rushton, Laura Katz, Maxi Miciak, Tara Packham, Kenneth Thomas, Andrew Nataraj, Raja Rampersuad, Brian Drew, Pahuta Markian, Aleks Cenic, Sandra Dorley (P), Joanna Thorne (P)
Michael HuntUBCA multi-centre feasibility study assessing shoe-worn insoles to improve clinical and biomechanical features of knee osteoarthritisTrevor Birmingham, Rebecca Moyer, Dylan Kobsar, Jesse Charlton
Kamair GhoseiriSaskatchewanThe effects of a novel phantom exercise execution program on phantom limb pain and mobility in people with unilateral transtibial amputation: a feasibility pilot study.Audrey Zucker Levin, Julia Totosy de Zepetnek, David Kingston, Susan Hunter
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In the News: Network member receives NIH Funding

Congratulations to MSK Rehab Research Network member and Western University Associate Professor, Dr. Ryan Willing and his team for receiving a US$2.3-million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

The project is “working to develop and test a self-powered knee load sensor, encased in a flexible but durable material, to send signals of the knee’s health to the world outside the body” (Western News).

Click to view Dr. Willing’s profile

Read the full story from Western News here: https://news.westernu.ca/2022/07/big-step-in-knee-pain-research/

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Registration & Abstract Submission OPEN! CBJC 2022

Registration and abstract submissions for the upcoming 2022 Canadian Bone and Joint Conference are now open! And we are thrilled to announce that this exciting virtual conference will be FREE for Rehab Network trainees!

The MSK Rehab Research Network is covering the cost of registration for our trainee members. Trainees can contact rehabnet@uwo.ca before registering to receive a discount code that will cover your full registration fee!

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network is thrilled to once again co-host this unique and exciting virtual conference that will include an interactive panel hosted by Dr. Joy MacDermid on “MSK Innovation Factory” – co-creation of technology-enabled interventions for MSK health. We strongly encourage our members to attend as we introduce the MSK Innovation Factory initiative at Western University and its concepts; followed by a series of presentations from MSK Rehab Research Network members on their projects in development.

The conference will include Live-streamed Oral Presentations and Pre-recorded Video Open Poster Sessions focused on several topic areas including (but not limited to):

  • Inflammation and Auto Immune Diseases
  • Impact of Arthritis on youth and their care transitions
  • Human & Technology Interaction for Health
  • Patient Populations Characteristics & Perspectives
  • New Ideas and Emerging Trends for MSK Health

In addition to an exciting and interactive scientific line up, this year’s conference will once again include a Young Investigator’s Forum – a full block of offerings organized by trainees just for you. Interactive sessions include Insider View of Tri-Council ScholarshipsNo Time to Be Human: Making Room for Self-Care in Graduate School, and Academia and Beyond: Career Opportunities After Graduate School.

Full details and registration can be found here: https://cbjc.ca/

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Partnership with REHAB+

The MSK Rehab Research Network is pleased to announce our partnership with REHAB+

What is REHAB+?

As part of McMaster University’s McMasterPLUS suite of services, REHAB+ provides “one-stop” access to pre-appraised evidence to support clinical decisions. REHAB+ provides a new path to address the key question in this era of evidence-based health care: what is the current best evidence available to support clinical decisions?

The MSK Rehab Research Network has partnered with REHAB+ to provide our members free access to the site for the latest pre-appraised research publications. Our website will also host a continuously updated feed of publications from our membership, so you can stay up-to-date on the latest research from our members.

Learn more here: https://plus.mcmaster.ca/rehab/

How does it work?

REHAB+ incorporates the McMasterPLUS email alerting system and searchable database of best evidence from the health care literature of particular interest to rehabilitation professionals.

Users with interests in a specific clinical problem or treatment can search the database for articles dating back to 2007, or they can be sent email notifications when new publications are posted in their specific area(s) of interest.

All articles posted in REHAB+ have already passed critical appraisal and the system can provide access to the newest research available.

Get Involved and Gain Early Access

REHAB+ also provides the opportunity to gain first access to new publications and review an article’s clinical relevance and newsworthiness. Anyone interested in gaining early access to new research, or providing valuable feedback on new publications to the research community, will have articles tailored to their research interest sent directly to their inbox.

Providing reviews on new publications ensures that REHAB+ is a pipeline for high quality research to improve clinical decision making and, ultimately, patient outcomes. You can join the site and select your alerting preferences here: https://plus.mcmaster.ca/rehab/Account/Register

If you are interested in acting as a reviewer for the latest articles, please contact: rehabnet@uwo.ca

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New Research: “Time to Stop Routinely Prescribing Opiates after Carpal Tunnel Release”

Congratulations to Network NPI Dr. Joy MacDermid (Western) and team for their recent publication that addresses the prescription of opioids after carpal tunnel surgery.

You can read the full publication below:

Time to Stop Routinely Prescribing Opiates after Carpal Tunnel Release. Lalonde DH, Lalonde JF, MacDermid JC, Chung KC, Gan BS, Mierisch C, Van Demark RE Jr, Luc M. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022 Jan 18. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000008834. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35041636

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Network members recognized in ‘Top 10 Arthritis Research Advances of 2021’

Congratulations to Network trainee Darren Mazzei of the University of Calgary (supervisor Dr. Deborah Marshall) for recently being recognized by The Arthritis Society for his work to advance arthritis research.

Darren’s research has the honour of being selected as one of the ‘Top 10 Arthritis Research Advances of 2021’ on “Investing in exercise for osteoarthritis”.

Researchers reviewed the current evidence on strategies to manage osteoarthritis (OA) with education, exercise and weight management. They found that supervised exercise programs for people with hip and knee OA provide health benefits and are cost-effective.

In contrast, education on self-management strategies, exercise, or diet did not appear to be as cost-effective on their own and may be more helpful when used in combination with a structured exercise program.  

You can view the full Top 10 list here: https://arthritis.ca/about-us/what-we-do/research/top-10-research-advances-of-2021

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New Research: Novel Tendinopathy Tele-rehabilitation Intervention

We are pleased to share a new project with funding from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, titled “Co-design of a novel tendinopathy rehabilitation intervention.”

This project is co-led by Dr. Alex Scott of the University of British Columbia and Chris Napier of Sport Physiotherapy Canada. More details are available below:

Do you have new research you would like to share with the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network? Reach out to rehabnet@uwo.ca with details!

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Funding Success: Dr. Ranita Manocha & Team

Congratulations to Dr. Ranita Manocha (University of Calgary) and her team for the recent funding success of their project, “Implementation of an app-based crutch skills training program following sport-related injury“.

Funding Source: Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine 

Program Name: Research Grant 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ranita Harpreet Manocha 

Role: Principal Investigator 

Total Amount: $15,000.00 

Support Period: 2/22 to 8/22 

Co-Investigators: Drs. Krista L. Best, Larry Katz, Victor Lun, Steven Macaluso, William C. Miller, François Routhier 

We are always happy to share recent successes of our Network members! If you have any news you would like to share, please reach out to rehabnet@uwo.ca with details.

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UPDATED: 2021-22 Grant Competition

On behalf of the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network and our Executive Committee, we are pleased to launch the call for our next grant funding opportunity.

Over our first five years of operations the MSK Rehab Research Network has supported a total of 24 projects; an investment of nearly $300,000 in high impact, early stage pilot projects and innovative research teams.

This round of funding will be focused on multi-centre feasibility pilot studies, including randomized controlled trials (RCT) and prospective cohort studies.

Available funding:

Up to $150,000 total available funds for up to six (6) grants of up to $25,000 each

Call for Applications: December 6, 2021

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Anticipated Notice of Decision: May 27, 2022

Funding Start Date: June 1, 2022

Please see application form below for full details and application instructions. Note that this applicationAny questions can be directed to rehabnet@uwo.ca

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GaitNET – OA Canada Seminar Series #2

Recorded session now available below!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the second event in the GaitNET-OA Canada Seminar Series.

Building on the Biomechanics and Osteoarthritis Symposium in May, this session was focused on clinical biomechanics research as it relates to the interplay between pain and gait biomechanics. Over 60 attendees joined virtually from across Canada, the United States and Europe for this informative and engaging seminar.

The recorded session is now available for those who could not attend the session. Listen to leading experts Drs. Monica Maly, Katherine Boyer present new advances in pain science including mechanisms of pain generation and perception, as well as how altered gait biomechanics may influence pain. They were then joined by Drs. Tuhina Neogi, Lisa Carlesso, and Tim Wideman for an engaging panel discussion on clinical implications of biomechanics research, for which attendees were able to submit questions prior to the session and pose them live to the panel.

Thank you to the organizers including Drs. Michael Hunt and Cheryl Kozey for creating a unique and engaging event, and to all of the presenters for sharing their exciting work. We look forward to hosting these events on a regular basis to increase collaborations, scale-up research and ultimately improve MSK health outcomes for those living with pain and limited mobility.