Supporting Vital Research

Your contributions to the PFC help to support vital physiotherapy and rehabilitation research.

Marie-Pierre Cyr

Research Center of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke

For the past four years, physiotherapist Marie-Pierre Cyr has been involved in the Laboratoire de recherche en urogynécologie  at the Research Center of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke in Quebec.
Marie-Pierre shared how your generosity has furthered her research on pelvic floor disorders:

Research topic

"My growing interest in pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions led to my participation in the validation of a new instrument, an algometer, to measure vulvar sensitivity in women with provoked vestibulodynia. Women affected by this condition report pain in the vulvar vestibule area triggered by attempted vaginal penetration.

Our findings confirmed that the algometer is a reliable and valid instrument for measuring pain in the vestibule area in these women. This technology is promising to better understand sexual pain pathophysiology and document treatment efficacy."

What did your PFC grant enable you to do?

"The PFC gave me the opportunity to extend the results of this study, which is the first step to using the newly developed algometer for research purposes. Its applicability in clinical settings could be investigated in future studies.
Thanks to the funding received by PFC, I was also able to attend CPA’s Congress, which allowed me to meet experienced and talented physiotherapists from all over Canada. As a research student, it is imperative to improve our research abilities by, for example, vulgarizing our results to better answer important questions about our patients in the future."

Read the study

Reliability and Convergent Validity of the Algometer for Vestibular Pain Assessment in Women with Provoked Vestibulodynia 


Kristin Campbell, PT, Ph.D.

University of British Columbia

I am honoured to have been awarded the 2012 Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Award. The award was invaluable in the ability to develop a new research team and to explore an important and understudied area of physical therapy. The project is examining the effect of pelvic floor muscle training for women who have received radiation as part of treatment for gynecological cancer. The project brings together oncologists, researchers, and physical therapists with clinical expertise in treating urinary incontinence.

Without this funding, this team would not have come together. Furthermore, this initial project will undoubtedly serve as the foundation for more research in this important clinical area.



Eric Parent, PT, MSc, Ph.D, Certified Schroth and BSPTS Therapist

University of Alberta

We were honored to receive the 2013 Alun Morgan Memorial Award in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Research from the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada. Our research group studies the effectiveness of exercises for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and this funding supported our study on EMG measurement of the Fatigability of Paraspinal Muscles in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis.

Even though exercises have been used for nearly 100 years, we still have a very poor understanding of how the exercises achieve their positive effect on controlling curve progression. While scoliosis exercises appear to focus on improving the endurance of torso muscles, before the present study, there was no available evidence that patients with scoliosis present endurance deficits compared to healthy teenagers with straight spines.

This information may help fine tune exercise prescription in the future. Our results will provide pilot data to obtain funding for a larger study. A thesis and manuscripts on a systematic review of the muscle deficits present in patients with scoliosis and summary of our endurance measurements will be published in the coming year related to this project.



Brenda Mori, BScPT, MSc, PhD (Candidate)

University of Toronto

I am honoured to have been awarded the 2013 Ann Collins Whitmore Memorial Fund which helped to support my research initiatives as a PhD student at the University of Toronto.  My research focused on developing and validating a new measure to assess physiotherapy students during their clinical education placements that will be used across Canada.  The new measure, the Canadian Physiotherapy Assessment of Clinical Performance (ACP) was found to be valid and practical when we pilot tested it from March – December 2013 in Canadian schools which was available online and on paper, and in English and French. We are very excited to have a new measure that is applicable to Canadian physiotherapy practice and appears to be meaning and easier to use for physiotherapists, their students and faculty.



Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, PT, PhD

McMaster University

My colleagues and I are very appreciative of our 2013 Saint Elizabeth Research Grant for Community Based Projects (Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada; PFC). The funds are being used to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a rehabilitation service delivery model (MAC H2OPE Clinic) for low-income Hamilton residents living in the downtown core. It is well known that low-income Hamiltonians have difficulty accessing much needed rehabilitation services, and many daily life inequities related to socioeconomic determinants of health place low-income Hamiltonians at further disadvantages for accessing services.

The MAC H2OPE Clinic, a community-based, interprofessional clinic located in the downtown Hamilton YMCA, was developed with Forward with Integrity funds (McMaster University) and fills a much needed gap. Our mixed-methods research is focused on developing a greater understanding of MAC H2OPE Clinic care and services from multiple perspectives.

We look forward to next steps leveraging of our PFC grant and presenting our results at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy in 2015. Thank you PFC for providing the infrastructure to support Canadian physiotherapy research, and for allowing our research team to turn our vision into reality!

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