Canadian Musculoskeletal Conference

Young Investigator Training Day

Come and learn about research opportunities in Musculoskeletal Health and build your tool kit!

Participate in interactive workshops aimed at sharpening your skills for oral presentations and grant writing.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of an ORCID and associated publishing metrics

Network with leaders in Musculoskeletal Health.

Low ratio of Trainees to Mentors

Call for Abstracts

Open: January 1, 2018

Deadline: April 26, 2018

General Guidelines:

  1. Maximum 2500 characters, including 1 table and 1 figure
  2. Must include Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion sections
  3. Only completed or preliminary data – no methods description
  4. All reporting guidelines to be used (PRISMA, STROBE, CONSORT etc.)

Poster Presentations

  • Posters will be judged by mentors
  • 2-minute poster presentations to be given during judging sessions
  • Poster boards are 6′ wide x 3′ tall exactly. Please make posters slightly smaller than this to ensure an adequate fit. Velcro will be provided for attachment of your poster to the board.


  • Top abstract receives
    • $500 award from Osteoporosis Canada and
    • an official plaque for Top CMC Abstract of 2018
  • 2nd and 3rd winners will receive plaque recognition


Three topics led by an expert and facilitated by mentors.

Dr. Lora Giangregorio (University of Waterloo)

Trainees will learn to give a short talk in the style of a “3 Minute Thesis”, how to succinctly explain their research to a broad, general audience with 1 slide. Dr. Giangregorio will discuss key components of a good talk. After, in a small group with a mentor, trainees will develop and refine their “3 Minute Thesis” presentations.

Dr. Mohit Kapoor (Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto)

Trainees will be asked ahead of time to bring an idea for a grant with them and draft of a 1-page summary for a CIHR or NSERC application. Dr. Kapoor will give a brief presentation on grant writing, with emphasis on how to formulate your “Page 1”. In small groups with a mentor, trainees will work on composing “Page 1” of their grant

Ms. Ruth Cawdron (Publication Impact Reporting, University Health Network, Toronto)

Disambiguation is key to getting credit for your work. Trainees will learn how to get an ORCID and how it can be used for scholarly performance review. Commonly used publication metrics and how to derive them (e.g. Journal Impact, Citations, H-Index, Altmetric score) will also discussed.

Details on preparing for workshops will be available prior to meeting


Sign up to sit and interact with your favourite mentor

Designated mentor interaction times:

  1. lunch
  2. workshop sessions
  3. poster viewing & coffee breaks
  4. reception

Indicate your preferred mentor on your abstract submission page.

Below is a list of mentors:

Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
Executive Director, GERAS Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences

Dr. Papaioannou is a Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University and a Geriatrician at Hamilton Health Sciences. She is Executive Director of the GERAS Centre, and holds a CIHR-Eli Lilly Research Chair. She has joint appointment in the Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Papaioannou is Associate Member in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact. She is a faculty member in Medical Sciences, Physiology & Pharmacology Graduate Studies Program. She is a member of the Gilbrea Centre Advisory Board. She is past chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada and the past Chair of the Board. She is a member of the Scientific Advisors of Osteoporosis Canada and International Osteoporosis Foundation. She was lead author of the Osteoporosis Canada Guidelines published in Canadian Medical Association Journal (October 2010). Dr. Papaioannou has authored over 300 peer reviewed publications. She co-chaired the 2010 Osteoporosis Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines (CMAJ 2010) and led the 2015 Long-Term Care Recommendations on Fracture Prevention for Frail Seniors. She holds a number of CIHR grants with a focus on knowledge translation in the community and long-term care.

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Assistant Scientist, CESHA, JDMI, Arthritis Program, University Health Network

Dr. Andy Kin On Wong is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, instructing course sections on Causal Mediation, Structural Equation Modeling, Survival Analysis, and Competing Risk Modeling. He is also appointed as Assistant Scientist at the University Health Network (UHN). He received his PhD in Medical Sciences with specialization in imaging science at McMaster University with Dr. Jonathan D. Adachi and completed fellowship training in epidemiology and biostatistics with Dr. Angela Cheung at UHN and Dr. Steven Cummings at UCSF. Dr. Wong was awarded the Vanier award in 2011 for his leadership in the CaMos ( Bone Quality Study. He has since become the director of this investigation that examined over 800 women across 6 CaMos sites to study peripheral CT-derived bone microarchitectural information and how it can predict incident fractures. He continues to lead this study while dovetailing a secondary project related to muscle quality in these participants. Dr. Wong is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). He is currently affiliated with the Arthritis Program and Joint Department of Medical Imaging at UHN where his primary research interest is investigating postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and knee osteoarthritis. Specifically, he is using imaging to study bone quality in the subchondral region and its association with knee pain in those with elevated fracture risk.

Professor & Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Musculoskeletal and Postmenopausal Health, University of Toronto
Director, Osteoporosis Program
Director, Centre of Excellence in Skeletal Health Assessment
Director, Women’s Health Program
Senior Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
Clinical Researcher, Krembil Research Institute

Dr. Cheung is Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto (UT), the Founding Director of the UT Centre of Excellence in Skeletal Health Assessment (CESHA), the Founding Director of University Health Network (UHN) Osteoporosis Program and a Senior Scientist at Toronto General Research Institute. She is the current chair of the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) Canadian Panel, the immediate past chair for Osteoporosis Canada Scientific Advisory Council, and an elected member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation Council of Scientific Advisors. She obtained her M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1988, and her PhD degree from Harvard University in 1997. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and has been in clinical practice for more than 25 years, and specializes in osteoporosis and postmenopausal health. She has received many honors and awards throughout her medical career for her excellence in clinical work, research and education, including UHN Department of Medicine Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the UT Eudenie Stuart Award for best mentorship, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Health Services Research New Investigator Award, the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research mid-career and senior scientist awards, the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Dr. David Sackett Senior Investigator Award, and the Osteoporosis Canada Lindy Fraser Memorial Award. Currently, she holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal and Postmenopausal Health.

Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Senior Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Dr. Hawker is the Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute. She is a health services researcher who has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles; her main research focus is on disparities in access to care for people living with osteoarthritis.

Patient Research Ambassador

Larry Funnell is a long – time volunteer with Osteoporosis Canada (OC), and is a past Chair of the Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network and a former member of OC’s National Board of Directors. He sits on the Guidelines Committee of OC’s Scientific Advisory Council, is a member of the COPN Executive Committee, and he is a Patient Research Ambassador for the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis of the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Larry was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 1998 after suffering his eighth fracture. Effective treatment and lifestyle changes have kept him fracture free for more than 17 years.

Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging and Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
Adjunct Scientist, University Health Network
Affiliated Scientist with the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences Centre.

Dr. Giangregorio leads the Bone Health and Exercise Science Laboratory (BonES lab), and her research is focused safe and effective physical activity for individuals at risk of osteoporotic fractures. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Osteoporosis Canada, with whom she partners on initiatives to improve patient and health care provider education. Her team contributed to the development of Osteoporosis Canada’s Bone FitTM exercise training program for healthcare professionals.

Director of Arthritis Research, Krembil Research Institute and Toronto Western Hospital
Director, Cartilage Biology and Joint Restorative Therapeutics,
Arthritis Program, University Health Network
Senior Scientist, University Health Network

Dr. Kapoor is the Director of Arthritis Research at Krembil Research Institute and Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network (Toronto) where he is directing the basic, clinical and translational research in arthritis. He is also the Director of Cartilage Biology and Joint Restoration Therapeutics within the Arthritis Program at University Health Network, the largest Arthritis research program in Canada.
Dr. Kapoor’s translational research program is directed towards:
(1) Understanding the complex cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with joint destruction during osteoarthritis;
(2) Identifying reliable biomarkers for early identification of patients with osteoarthritis to enable early intervention;
(3) Identifying novel therapeutic targets to stop/delay osteoarthritis and restore joint function; and
(4) Understanding key endogenous mechanisms associated with fibrosis during osteoarthritis and connective tissue diseases.
His research is funded by various research organizations including the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Krembil Foundation, The Arthritis Society, Stem Cell Network, The Arthritis Program etc. His research work has been published in various prestigious journals including Nature Medicine, Nature Reviews Rheumatology, Annals of The Rheumatic Diseases, Science Translational Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight etc.

Medical Director, Department of Medicine, Osteoporosis Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital
Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto
Adjunct Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Translation Centre.

Dr. R. Josse graduated in Medicine with Honours from the University of London. He undertook Postgraduate Training at various Teaching Hospitals at the University of London UK and completed his Endocrine Clinical Training in Canada, after which he did a Research Fellowship at the University of Toronto followed by a further Clinical Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He holds Fellowships in Internal Medicine from the American College of Physicians, Royal College of Physicians of London and Internal Medicine and Endocrinology Fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He is also a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. He is a Full Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is a past Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and has completed a term as Associate Physician-in-Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is the Director of the Metabolic Bone Disease and Osteoporosis Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is an adjunct scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Translation Centre. He is a consultant to (and a past Chair of) the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada. He is a past President of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM). He is the past chair of the CHE development and e-CME committee of CSEM. He received the 2007 Distinction in Clinical Endocrinology Award from the American College of Endocrinology and the 2007 Robert Volpe Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is also the recipient of the Lindy Fraser Founder award of Osteoporosis Canada. He was awarded the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant achievement and remarkable service to osteoporosis research and treatment. In 2014, he received the educator of the year award from the CSEM. His major clinical and research interests include osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease and calcium metabolism as well as diabetes and various nutritional metabolic problems. His research activity has included phase two and three clinical drug trials with funding from pharma. He has also received collaborative funding from other agencies including CIHR, CDA and NCI. He has co-authored over three hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals, an osteoporosis and a diabetes (with colleagues at the University of Montreal) book for patients and twenty-one book chapters. He lectures widely both nationally and internationally on various endocrine and metabolic topics.

Manager, Research Program Planning and Analysis, University Health Network

My post-graduate training in quantitative and qualitative research methods is complimented by more than a decade of experience with research performance analytics, strategic planning and service evaluation. I collaborate with senior level stakeholders, to develop assessment frameworks by incorporating disparate data sources to characterize actionable insights. The scope of the Research Program Planning & Analytics team includes comparative bibliometrics at the program and individual level, the development of survey tools for strategic decision support, and the oversight or collaborative use of large volumes of multi-sourced data to develop normalized metrics and produce straight-forward customized analytics.

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University
Associate Member, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University
Divisions of General Internal Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology and of Experimental Medicine, McGill University Health Center
Scientist, Centre for Outcome Research and Evaluation, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center
Clinician-Scientist, Fonds de Recherche du Québec en Santé

Dr. Suzanne Morin graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval de Québec, did her Internal Medicine specialty training and obtained a Master’s in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University, where she is now Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, member of the divisions of General Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Clinical Epidemiology and scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center. She is co-director of the Clinical Scholar Program for the General Internal Medicine training program. Dr Morin’s research program includes the evaluation of health-related outcomes of osteoporosis, and implementation of health system improvement initiatives for patients who have sustained fractures such as secondary fracture prevention, pain management and functional recovery. She also studies the pathogenesis of bisphosphonate-associated atypical femur fractures and safety of calcium supplements on vascular health in postmenopausal women. She is a scholar from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec en Santé, and has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and other peer-reviewed agencies. Since 2015, she chairs the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada.

Professor & Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Brock University

Dr. Ward is a Professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development. Wendy’s research program, funded by major government granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, CFI), studies how foods and food components can set us on a better trajectory for bone health throughout the lifespan. The goal of her research program is to develop dietary strategies that help protect against fragility fracture and osteoporosis. These strategies include novel foods and food components such as soy and its isoflavones; flaxseed and its omega-3 fatty acid; fish oil; and flavonoids in tea. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, invited reviews and books chapters on nutrition and women’s health issues, including herbal and nutritional supplements. Wendy is an Associate Editor for Applied Physiology, Metabolism and Nutrition, a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada and a member of the Education Committee of the Canadian Nutrition Society. She is actively involved in continuing education for health professionals and community groups on topics about nutrition and health.

Professor, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology), Department of Radiology (Nuclear Medicine)
Academic Head, Nuclear Medicine

Dr. Leslie is Professor of Medicine and Radiology at the University of Manitoba with over 350 peer-reviewed publications. His research interests are in fracture risk assessment, osteoporosis testing and other nuclear diagnostic techniques. He is Past President of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, Past Chair of the Osteoporosis Canada Scientific Advisory Council, co-led the “2010 Clinical Practice Guidelines in Osteoporosis”, Director of the Manitoba Bone Density Program, and Co-Director of the Winnipeg PET Imaging Centre.