Who We Are


Reduce disability through team research and knowledge exchange 

Who We Are

Most people suffer from pain in their joints, bones and muscules at least once in their lifetime. For many, the effect of this pain is benign and short-lived. However, every year, one in 10 Canadians experience an episode of disability because of musculoskeletal disorders. Together, musculoskeletal disorders are responsible for 46.1 per cent of disabilities experienced in Canada. What differentiates people who become disabled from those who do not? What are the best treatments for musculoskeletal pain and disability?

These questions have puzzled clinicians, researchers and policy-makers for decades. Researchers at the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation are committed to answering these questions and developing ways to prevent the negative impact of disability on physical and mental health. 


Effective solutions informed by high-quality research


Teamwork that leads to new ideas and new knowledge

The impact of scientific knowledge when adopted by stakeholders

The courage to challenge the status quo

All ideas are worth considering

Our Goals

  • Understand the determinants of musculoskeletal and psychological disability

  • Develop interventions to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal and psychological disability 

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for the management of musculoskeletal and psychological disability 

  • Understand the impact of chronic conditions (e.g., cardiovascular disease or depression) on the rehabilitation of patients with musculoskeletal disability 

  • Facilitate the development of evidence-based health policies for the prevention and the rehabilitations of musculoskeletal and psychological disability 

  • Train the next generation of professionals and scientists in the area


From left: Bill Muirhead, Associate Provost, Academic Information Technology, Ontario Tech; Jay Triano, Dean, Graduate Education and Research Programs, CMCC;  Ellen Vogel, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech; Michael Owen, Vice-president, Research, Innovation and International, Ontario Tech; Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long Term Care; Pierre Côté, Director, Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation; and Jean Moss, President, CMCC 

In 2012, the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation was established through a research partnership between Ontario Tech University and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). The Centre was inaugurated by the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long Term Care on July 16, 2012.


The Centre, while directed by Pierre Côté, DC, PhD, works with related health research and innovative supportive agencies, educational partners, health-care delivery institutions, industry and government to examine questions focused on the prevention and management of chronic musculoskeletal and psychological conditions and disabilities. Research at the Centre will generate new ideas involving integrated, collaborative and evidence-informed approaches to health care. 

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