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Research Mandate


The Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (IDRR) will be a global leader in creating and disseminating knowledge to improve the quality of life and well-being of people with disability, and in need of rehabilitation services.


  • Improve the quality of life and well-being of people with disabilities through the conduct of innovative and policy-relevant research.
  • Work with the public, clinicians, community partners and governments to develop, evaluate and implement effective clinical and community-based interventions.

Who we are

Most people suffer from pain in their joints, bones and muscles 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 percent 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 IDRR are committed to answering these questions and developing ways to prevent the negative impact of disability on physical and mental health. 


Evidence-based Collaboration Implementation Leadership Respect
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

Through evidence-based research IDRR aims to reduce the burden of disability related to musculoskeletal pain and mental health in Canadians by investigating their shared etiology and prognosis, developing/adopting clinical practice guidelines, knowledge tools, and impact on patients and health care services. ​The research conducted at the IDRR focuses on creating and transferring knowledge aimed at reducing disability related to musculoskeletal pain and mental health. Five domains of research address this mandate:

  • Epidemiology of Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Knowledge Translation in Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Disability and Rehabilitation Policies and Practice
  • Sleep, Function and Rehabilitation
  • Disability Justice Through Legal and Political Advocacy

Scientific Team

Research Domain

Scientific Lead


Epidemiology of disability and rehabilitation

Pierre Côté


Knowledge translation in disability and rehabilitation

Carol Cancelliere


Disability and rehabilitation policies and practices

Silvano Mior


Sleep, function and rehabilitation

Efrosini Papaconstantinou


Disability justice through legal and political advocacy

Jen Rinaldi


Research Expertise




Sheilah Hogg-Johnson


Law, privacy and technology

Andrea Slane


Systematic reviews of the literature; Community engagement

Ginny Brunton


Clinical Education and Patient Care

Craig Jacobs


Qualitative research

Ellen Vogel


Psychology, Sleep research

Bobby Stojanoski


























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