Canadian institutions train excellent basic researchers, engineers and clinician-scientists, but critical manpower shortages remain in all areas of musculoskeletal-health research. Traditional science graduate education tends to create hyper-specialized and isolated investigators due to its focus on the training of individuals who use a limited set of techniques. Chronic disorders such as musculoskeletal diseases develop over many years, involve many interconnected biological and biomechanical pathways, and manifest in clinical problems that are modulated by a variety of psychosocial factors, significantly impacting the everyday life of the individual. To combat such disorders, an integrated training approach is required – one that combines technology, mechanistic research,ethical considerations and clinical applications in a real-world context.
CMHR aims to develop researchers with the scientific and leadership skills necessary to build transdisciplinary teams focusing on integrated approaches for the management of musculoskeletal (bone and joint) diseases. Our long term goal is to enable discoveries in musculoskeletal research and to translate this new knowledge into improvements in disease prevention, health care, policy and commercialization.
Each trainee in CMHR will be funded following the guidelines of the home Department/School and or Faculty. However, all trainees accepted to the program will directly receive a $750 CMHR Stipend, to be paid out over and above the trainee’s normal funding. We anticipate these funds may be directed towards educational enhancement or professional development not covered by the trainee’s current funding.The Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research is a unique program in Canada and is an add-on to the already well established graduate programs participating with our program.