Joint & Bone Initiative

Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network

Network LogoProblems with bones, joints, muscles, and the nerves that help people move and interact with the world affect millions of Canadians. A cross-Canada team of more than 80 researchers, collaborators and knowledge users, as well as 20 partners/consumer groups, received $600,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) in 2016 to establish the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network. Combined with multi-partner cash and in-kind contributions totalling over $1.5 million, these funds will support the network and its members for the next three years as they strive to address the large pain and disability burden caused by bones, joints, muscles, and the nerves problems. With the administrative hub housed in Western’s Bone and Joint Institute, the virtual network will strengthen high-quality musculoskeletal research in Canada.

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Network Objectives

  • establish key national research priorities
  • fund pilot grants and trainee awards
  • create platforms for researchers to share data nationally
  • support multi-centre trials / studies
  • develop innovative ways to deliver MSK rehab using technology and new discoveries
  • attract larger funding
  • expand partnerships among researchers, community stakeholders, and industry