Joint & Bone Initiative

Canadian MSK Consortium

The self-assembled Canadian Musculoskeletal (MSK) Consortium will serve as a mechanism to solidify relationships, foster new partnerships, increase awareness of strengths, identify synergies, and recognize collaborative opportunities among MSK leading groups accross Canada.


The first goals of the consortium are to develop an action plan that will increase the profile of MSK research in Canada and to become more prepared to respond to cross-sectorial and jurisdictional funding opportunities. By taking the time to identify key stakeholders, to understand each group’s research priorities, knowledge, values, cultures, and strengths, the consortium will create an atmosphere that enables shared-decision making and cohesive vision.

 Tell us about your Group

  • Does your group do MSK research?
  • What are your research priorities and core strengths?
  • From your perspective, describe key national priorities to raise the profile of MSK research in Canada.

Send your comments to: Jann Paquette-Warren at

Current Members & Partners

  • Accademic Groups:
    • Bone and Joint Institute at Western University
    • Bone and Joint Imaging Group at University of Saskatchewan
    • Centre for Hip Health & Mobility at the University of British Columbia
    • Holland Musculoskeletal Sunnybrook Research Institute at University of Toronto
    • Human Mobility Research Centre at Queen’s University
    • McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health at the University of Calgary
    • Network for Oral and Bone Health Research
    • Research for Orthopaedics at Dalhousie University
    • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada Research Centre at McGill University
    • UBC Biomedical Research Centre
  • Core consumer, advocacy group, decision-maker, and funder leaders:
    • Patient Partners in Arthritis Program
    • AboutFace
    • Sjogren’s Society of Canada
    • The Arthritis Society
    • Arthritis Alliance of Canada
    • CIHR’s IMHA
The consortium will continue to grow overtime to help make Canada internationally renowned for its research excellence in MSK health.

Current Activities

  • Funded by a CIHR planning grant:
    • hold a series of teleconferences and 1 ½ days of planning activities that foster collaborative interaction among a growing group of key MSK stakeholders
    • develop an action plan that will increase the profile of MSK research in Canada
    • become more prepared to respond to funding calls focused on national studies or scale up of interventions
  • Planning Grant Sub-objectives:
    • to facilitate the building of partnerships (old and new) within a framework of mutual trust and cooperation, including the provision of feedback opportunities and shared decision-making
    • to review activities previously or currently being implemented by individual groups
    • to identify and explore the relevance and applicability of current and future funding opportunities (i.e., CIHR, SPOR, federal and provincial funding opportunities, Arthritis Society, etc.
    • to define roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders (i.e. core leaders from the geographical regions of Canada, academic investigators, consumers, and decision-makers) in the consortium

Contact Us

  • To learn more about this initiative, please contact Jann Paquette-Warren at