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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:

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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 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 with details.


Trainee Seeking Post-Doc Opportunities

Flora To-Miles of the University of British Columbia (current supervisor Dr. Catherine Backman) is currently seeking Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities in the areas of Rehabilitation, occupational therapy, arthritis, chronic diseases and wellbeing.

Recent publications (contact Flora for a full list of publications):

  1. To-Miles, F., Forwell, S., Puterman, E., Håkansson, C., Wagman, P., & Backman, C.L. (2021). Accepted pending revisions. Exploring occupations and well-being before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in adults with and without inflammatory arthritis. Journal of Occupational Science.
  2. To-Miles, F., Håkansson, C., Wagman, P., & Backman, C.L. (2021). In press.Exploring the associations among occupational balance and health of adults with and without inflammatory arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research. Advance online publication.

Recent Awards:

Arthritis Society Research Grant, $5000

Doctoral research grant, 2018

Andrew Nord Fellowship in Rheumatology (UBC award; 2016-2020)


The MSK Rehab Research Network is happy to share available opportunities (such as job postings or trainee positions) and qualified trainees seeking opportunities (such as post-doctoral fellowships) with our members. Please contact for details.


Opportunity: Professor Position at Northeastern University

Of interest to trainees, we are sharing the current opportunity of Assistant/Associate Professor in the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University’s Boston Campus.

See full details here:

Announcements Grants Research

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

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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.

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Arthritis Society Funding Success

Congratulations to several of our Network researchers, collaborators and trainees who were successful in The Arthritis Society’s recent funding opportunities!

We are thrilled to see many of our members, including past Network Pilot Grant recipients, receive external funding for their innovative work. Full information and list of awardees are available here:

Dr. David Holdsworth, Western University: Ignite Innovation Grant

Project Title: A low-cost solution using telemetry technology to remotely measure quality and quantity of physical activity and gait in individuals with lower limb arthritis

Amount: $100,000 over 2 years

Dr. Emily Lalone, Western University: Ignite Innovation Grant

Project Title: Development of the TEAR-SLL Tool (technique for effective assessment in radiographs of the scapholunate ligament) to prevent wrist arthritis after injury

Amount: $100,000 over 2 years

Dr. Joy MacDermid, Western University: Ignite Innovation Grant

Project Title: Development of a novel technology-enabled joint protection program for shoulder arthritis and joint replacement

Amount: $100,000 over 2 years

Dr. Rebecca Moyer, Dalhousie University: Ignite Innovation Grant

Project Title: Persuasive technology: A paradigm-shift to reduce sedentary behaviour and improve joint and overall health in individuals with knee osteoarthritis

Amount: $100,000 over 2 years

Kyle Vader, Queen’s University: PhD Salary Award

Project title: Team-based primary care for the management of chronic low back pain

Amount: $9,500 plus matching funds

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ISEK 2022 Congress

The ISEK (International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology) 2022 Congress is being held June 22-25 in Quebec City.

Two of the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network’s Co-PIs, Dr. Laurent Bouyer and Dr. Jean-Sebastien Roy are co-chairs for this exciting international conference.

The proposal submission period for symposium, workshops and abstracts is now underway. We encourage you to submit your proposals and hope to see many Network members at the conference next year!

More information is available here:


Summer 2021 Newsletter

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

It has been a busy spring and summer with plenty of recent highlights and upcoming opportunities to share.

Included in this newsletter:

  • Recent Network member success
  • New website!
  • Funding Opportunity – 2021 competition now open
  • Upcoming events
  • …and much more