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.

Past Grant Recipients

2020 Pilot Grant Competition

The 2020 MSK Rehab Research Network Pilot Grant competition will focus on research efforts that address this changing healthcare environment. This round of pilot grants was open to projects utilizing online or remote data collection/interventions, and/or projects specifically targeting MSK mobility challenges related to COVID-19. Congratulations to our awardees:

Remote Education and Training On Safe Movement, Pain, Nutrition and Exercise After Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture (Support Your Spine Fracture)Lora Giangregorio, University of Waterloo
Joint Management: Application of an Online Web-Based Platform to Support Individuals with Mild to Moderate Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis in OntarioKristen Barton, Western University
The stressful impact of COVID-19 on the trajectories of workers suffering from chronic low back painGuillaume Leonard, Universite de Sherbrooke
Feasibility of the TeleRehab Stop OsteoARthritis (SOAR) ProgramJackie Whittaker, University of British Columbia
A hands-off approach? Exploring injured workers’ experiences with physiotherapy provided by telerehabilitation in Quebec.Anne Hudon, Universite de Montreal
Advancing the conceptualization and assessment of pain-related sufferingPeter Stillwell, McGill University
2019 Pilot Grant Competition

Based on our survey results from 2018 it was determined that funding pilot grants specific to wearable technologies was a top priority of our membership. Therefore, the Spring 2019 round of pilot grants focused specifically on projects that demonstrate novel uses of wearable, web or mobile technology in rehabilitation research. Congratulations to our awardees:

Using Wearable Technology to Monitor Exercise Fidelity During a Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis Prevention Exercise ProgramCarolyn Emery, University of Calgary
Using wireless wearable sensors to evaluate shoulder muscular fatigue in workersJean-Sebastien Roy, Universite Laval
Validation study of instrumented socks to measure the impact of foot problems and the effects of foot orthoses in patients with psoriatic arthritis on patiotemporal gait parametrers in clinicial and ecological conditionsPatrick Boissy, Universite de Sherbrooke
2018 Pilot Grant Competition

Congratulations to the recipients of the MSK Network’s Second annual Pilot Grant Program. Below are the 2018 awardees:

Dynamic 4DCT to Examine the Effect of Mal-united Distal Radius Fractures on Carpal Contact Mechanics, Osteoarthritis and Patient OutcomesEmily Lalone
Accessibility of non-pharmacological interventions to prevent and manage chronic musculoskeletal pain in Québec’s primary careKadija Perrault
Home exercise program for youth with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita: A telerehabilitation pilot trialNoemi Dahan-Oliel
Recovery after hip fracture: A novel online intervention for caregiversMaureen Ashe
Development of ultrasound imaging measurements for the deep fascia Nathaly Gaudreault
2017 Pilot Grant Competition

Congratulations to the recipients of the MSK Network’s First annual Pilot Grant Program! Here is a list of the 2017 awardees:

Does Structural Damage, Joint Mechanics, or Neuromuscular Variables Predict Early Osteoarthritic Changes and Recovery Following Knee TraumaShawn Robbins*
Monica Maly,
Oaul Martineau
Moreno Morelli
Jean-Pierre Pelletier,
Johanne Martel-Pelletier
Tim Wideman
Felix Croteau
Harold Knowles
Operationalization of the new Pain and Disability Drivers Management Model: A Consensus study Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme*
Dave Walton
Marc-Olivier Martel
Tim Wideman
Olivier Tri-Thrinh Lam
Frederick Wellens
Not everyone hurts the same way: A pilot study of a patient-centered approach to the identification of low back pain patients at risk for chronicityManon Choiniere*
Joel Katz
Lise Gauvin
Anais Lacasse
Pierre-Marie Sylvestre
Tim Wideman
Gabrielle Page
Jean Borque
Community based interventions for persons with chronic conditions: Development of an implementation fidelity framework Julie Richardson*
Rebeccah Fleck
Linda Woodhouse
Ada Tang
Jenna Smith
Michael Pryzbeck
Christina Nowak
Genevieve Hladysh
Improving the management of low back pain in the emergency department: a feasibility study Simon French*
Robert Brison
Jill Hayden
Kathleen Norman
Rachael Morkem
Jonathon Hill
Jordan Miller
Chad McClintock
Nicole O’Callaghan
Adapting Firefighter TEAM-Feedback Modules to Context: Building Capacity in Firefighter Injury PreventionKathryn Sinden*
Joy MacDermid
Heather Carnahan
Amanda Brazil
John Hay
A pilot study of multi-centred osteoarthritis gait biomechanics research: the first steps towards Canada-wide rehabilitation studies Cheryl Kozey*
Trevor Birmingham
Janie Astephan-Wilson
Michael Hunt
Monica Maly
Derek Rutherford
Rebecca Moyer
Elizabeth Hassen
Jean-Francois Esculier
Amanda Lorbergs
Matthew Baker
Anthony Gatti
Angelo Rudic
Consequences of Ankle Sprain Injury in Youth Sport: Implications for Post-Traumatic Ankle Osteoarthritis Carolyn Emery*
Jacob Jaremko
Greg Alcock
Trevor Birmingham
Janet Ronskey
Grogor Kuntze
Jackie Whittaker
Lisa Carlesso
Oluwatoyosi Owoeye
Clodagh Toomey
Kristen Barton
Adapting the Tools for Modified Work for Workers with Musculoskeletal Disorders for Firefighters Susan Stock*
Joy MacDermid
Julie Cote
Clermont Dionne
Nicole Vezina
Kathryn Sinden
Ouiam Didane
Chriss Ross