The Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada (PFC) is Canada’s only registered charity dedicated to the funding of physiotherapy research.

Together, with CPA’s Divisions, we offer funding for research that has passed a rigorous review process, and addresses relevant subjects in the physiotherapy community.


We would like to officially recognize PFC’s 2017 Awards, Grants & Bursary recipients:

1. Kenneth Wu PT, MBPsS, MA (SocSci), BScPT, MBA, University of Toronto

Research topic: The relationship between cystic fibrosis (CF) genotype and peripheral skeletal muscle size and functions in adults with CF

Awarded: Ann Collins Whitmore Memorial Scholarship


2. Erin Miller PT: Michael Garron Hospital

Research topic: Evaluating the effectiveness of using high fidelity simulation to teach tracheal suctioning to physical therapists

Awarded: Cardiorespiratory Division Scholarship


3. Mona Al Onazi, BScPT: University of Alberta

Research topic: Decongestive Progressive Resistance Exercise with Advanced Compression for Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Management (DREAM): A Pilot Randomized Control Trail

Awarded: B.E. Schnurr Memorial Fund Research Grant


4. Jordan Miller BSc, MSc, PhD: Queen's University - Pain Science Division.

Research topic: Understanding the user experience, barriers and facilitators of using a clinical tool-kit to support evidence-based management of neck pain

Awarded: CAMPT Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy Founders Award


5. Ayse Kuspinar PT, PhD: McMaster University, School of Rehabilitation Science

Research topic: An Environmental Scan of Physiotherapy Services for Multiple Sclerosis in Canada: Survey Development

Awarded: Neuroscience Division –Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Joint Award for Physiotherapy Research in the Neurosciences


6. Luciana Macedo, PT, PhD: McMaster University

Research topic: Which exercise for low back pain? Predicting response to exercise treatments for patients with low back pain: a validation study

Awarded: OrthoCanada Research Award in Neck and Back Rehabilitation and Core Stability


7. Michael Hunt, BHK, MPT, MSc, PhD: Physical Therapy/University of British Columbia

Research topic:  Immediate changes in imaging-based articular cartilage outcomes following running in people with and without knee osteoarthritis

Awarded: Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Research Grant


8. Lucie Brosseau, Ph.D: University of Ottawa

Research topic: Knitting: a promising pain self-management strategy for older individuals with mild to moderate osteoarthritic hands: A community-based pilot randomized controlled trail

Awarded: Women’s Health Division Grant


Please join us in congratulating these recipients, who are taking steps to advance your profession!

Interested in applying? Learn more about PFC's Awards, Grants & Bursaries