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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Heather Shearer, DC, MSc, FCCS(C), PhD (Candidate)

  • Program of study: PhD, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care ResearchHeather Shearer
  • Institution: University of Toronto
  • Project title: Understanding short-term pain trajectories and how they impact self-reported well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy: A cohort study
  • Project background: In children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP), pain is frequently chronic and a main risk factor for poor well-being. However, we know very little about the evolution of pain in these individuals; ​in particular, we lack knowledge about daily pain fluctuations (short-term pain trajectories) and their impact on well-being. Furthering the understanding of this relationship will improve pain management for children and youth with CP and enhance well-being.
  • Project objectives: In a cohort of individuals with cerebral palsy between the ages of eight and 18 years, attending services at two large pediatric treatment centres in Ontario, we aim to:
    • Identify short-term fluctuations in pain (pain trajectories) over a four-week time period; and
    • Determine whether pain trajectories impact self-reported physical, psychological and social well-being five weeks post-baseline measurement.
  • Funding sources:
    • This project has been made possible by Brain Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund, with the financial support of Health Canada.​
    • Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Internal Research Support Fund (IRSF)
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award
  • Committee Members: 
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
    • Darcy Fehlings MD, MSc, FRCPC (University of Toronto - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital)
    • Sheilah Hogg-Johnson MSc, PhD (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
    • Patricia McKeever RN, PhD (Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital)