2017 Awards, Grants & Bursary Recipients

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!

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