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CMCC appoints new Canada Research Chair


November 21, 2013
By Canadian Chiropractor staff

cote-cmccNov. 21, 2013 — The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) has announced a new Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation has been awarded to Dr. Pierre Côté, director, UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation. The CRC is valued at $500,000 over five years.

“CMCC is delighted to learn that Dr. Pierre Côté has been awarded this
Chair,” said Dr. Jean Moss, president, CMCC. “This award recognises his
many contributions to the world of disability management and
rehabilitation. I am confident that this will provide him the
opportunity to continue to extend his research into key areas that will
ultimately affect the health and well being of Canadians. ”

The
primary objective of the research program led by Côté is aimed at
reducing disability related to musculoskeletal (MSK) pain in Canadians.
The number of Canadians reporting a disability between 2001 and 2006
grew by 750,000 people; yet, few interventions are effective in
preventing or rehabilitating MSK disabilities such as back pain,
whiplash injuries and arthritis.

The CMCC said through the
UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and
Rehabilitation, Côté and his researchers are defining best practices for
the prevention and rehabilitation of disability and contribute to
policy development through knowledge transfer and exchange. As a faculty
member at CMCC, Côté teaches and mentors chiropractic students in both
the undergraduate and graduate studies programs.

"Back and neck
pain are leading causes of disability worldwide. Yet, we know very
little about the best ways to prevent disability in people with these
conditions,” said Côté. “As a Canada Research Chair, I will focus on
developing innovative ways to reduce the burden of disability by
creating a transdisciplinary research program. I am very honoured and
humbled by this opportunity."

Côté graduated from the CMCC in
1989. In 1996, he obtained a Master of Surgery degree from the
University of Saskatchewan where he studied the epidemiology of neck and
back pain in the general population. He received a PhD in Epidemiology
and a minor in Research Bioethics at the University of Toronto in 2002.
In 2003, he was awarded a five-year New Investigator Award from the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Côté is currently the
chair of the Minor Injury Treatment Protocol Project funded by the
Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the director of the
UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and
Rehabilitation. He was recently appointed to a six-year term with the
Research Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic.

Prior
to joining CMCC, he was a scientist in the Division of Health Care and
Outcomes Research at the Toronto Western Research Institute and an
associate professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public
Health at the University of Toronto. He was a member of the scientific
secretariat of the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Task Force on Neck Pain and
its Associated Disorders and also held a 2010 appointment as chair of
the Catastrophic Impairment Expert Panel.

Dr. Côté also holds
appointments at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and at the
Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University
of Toronto.