Awards

Essay and Research Contests

The Canadian Physiatrists Research and Development Foundation funds a number of CAPM&R activities, including contests open to Residents and Medical Students. For more information on the Medical Student and Resident Essay and Research Contests, please click here. The deadline for awards submissions is February 1st of each year, unless otherwise indicated. Please review award rules and application forms for more information.


We are pleased to announce CAPMR contest results.

We are pleased to announce 2017 CAPMR contest results.

Oral Presentation Contests: The following recipients will present an oral presentation, of their abstract, during the CAPM&R 65th Annual Scientific Meeting on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Please join us in congratulating them during their oral presentation in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

TIME       SUBMISSION    NAME AWARD PRESENTATION TITLE
0815-0830 Resident Research Contest Pamela Joseph FIRST PLACE OPTIMIZING PROCESSES FOR REPORTING STROKE REHABILITATION INPATIENTS DRIVING STATUS AT TORONTO REHABILITATION INSTITUTE: A LEAN QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 
0830-0845 Resident Research Contest Shannon MacDonald SECOND PLACE THE CURRENT STATUS OF PM&R IN ACUTE CARE: A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY OF CANADIAN AND AMERICAN ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS 
0845-0900 Resident Research Contest Lindsey Woodrow THIRD PLACE PREDICTING MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY IN LOWER EXTREMITY AMPUTEES BASED ON 2-MINUTE WALK TEST PERFORMANCE: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY 
0900-0915 Education Adam Kassam FIRST PLACE RESIDENT PHYSICIAN PERSPECTIVES AND PREFERENCES ON THE NAME OF THEIR OWN PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION SPECIALTY. 
0915-0930 Case Report Courtney Frengopoulos FIRST PLACE EFFECT OF DUAL-TASKING ON MOBILITY PERFORMANCE IN ABOVE AND BELOW KNEE AMPUTEES 
0930-0945 Systematic Reviews Ranita Manocha FIRST PLACE FIRST AID FOR GAIT AIDS: THE NEURO-MUSCULOSKELETAL AND VASCULAR COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH CRUTCH USE 
0945-1000 Original Research Blair Egerdie FIRST PLACE QUALITY OF LIFE AND EFFICACY/SAFETY RESULTS WITH ONABOTULINUMTOXINA 100U IN NON-CATHETERIZING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS PATIENTS WITH URINARY INCONTINENCE DUE TO NEUROGENIC DETRUSOR OVERACTIVITY 
1015-1030 Original Research Ricardo Viana SECOND PLACE THE TREATMENT OF SPASTICITY WITH BOTULINUM TOXIN: A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF PATIENT'S PERSPECTIVE 
1030-1045 Original Research Nimish Mittal THIRD PLACE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE HOOK RELEASE ULTRASOUND GUIDED CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE: A PILOT CADAVERIC STUDY 
1045-1100 Residen Essay Contest Alexander Whelan FIRST PLACE POST-CONCUSSION SYNDROME: PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND TREATMENT 
1100-1115 Residen Essay Contest Natalja Tchajkova SECOND PLACE "WHAT HAPPENED TO ME DOC?": DECIPHERING THE DIAGNOSIS OF ACTIVATED-PROTEIN-C (APC) RESISTANCE THROMBOPHILIA IN A PREVIOUSLY HEALTHY 48 YEAR OLD FEMALE WITH SUDDEN ONSET CEREBRAL VENOUS THROMBOSIS. 
1115-1130 Residen Essay Contest Alexander Wasserman THIRD PLACE FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH COMMUNITY DISCHARGES VERSUS SKILLED NURSING FACILITY (SNF) DISCHARGES FROM INPATIENT STROKE REHABILITATION: THE NEED FOR A PRE-ADMISSION PREDICTIVE MODEL. 
1130-1145 Paper of the Year Mark Campbell FIRST PLACE MESENCHYMAL STEM CELL ALTERATIONS IN BONE MARROW LESIONS IN PATIENTS WITH HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS 

Medical Student Essay and Medical Student Research Contests: ($500 and a certificate. An abstract of the winning submission will be published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.)

Contest Award Name Organization Oral Presentation Title
Medical Student Research Contest 1st Lauren Capozzi University of Calgary PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND CANCER REHABILITATION: DIFFERENCES IN FUNCTIONING BETWEEN HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS PARTICIPATING IN A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TRIAL
Medical Student Essay Contest 1st Alexandre McDougall Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry THE KETOGENIC DIET AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: A SCOPING REVIEW

We are pleased to announce 2016 CAPMR contest results.

Oral Presentation Contests: The following recipients will present an oral presentation, of their abstract, during the CAPM&R 64th Annual Scientific Meeting on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Please join us in congratulating them during their oral presentation in London.

Contest Award Time Name Organization Oral Presentation Title
Resident Research Contest  1st 0830-0845 Arezo Azadi  University of Manitoba, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB  The Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin Type A in The Treatment of Allodynic-Type Neuropathic Pain In People With Spinal Cord Injury 
Resident Research Contest  2nd 0820-0830 Alto Lo University of Alberta What is this Person’s True MoCa Score? A comparison between Cantonese and English MoCA scores in Canadian bilingual Cantonese/English speakers 
Resident Research Contest 3rd 0810-0820 Ranita Manocha Western University Effectiveness of Bracing in Elbow Lateral Collateral Ligament Injuries: A Biomechanical Study 
Case Report 1st 0851-0857 Thomas Miller St Josephs Health Care Surgical Management in The Spastic Upper Extremity Post Stroke and The Integration of Rehabilitation to Maximize Outcome. A Case Series 
Case Report  2nd 0845-0851 Julio Furlan Lyndhurst Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network and University of Toronto   Tardy Recognition of Episodes of Autonomic Dysreflexia: Experiences Demanding More Effective Knowledge Translation  
Education 1st 0903-0909 George Deng University of Manitoba Patient-Centered Technique for Ultrasound Guided Muscle Injections in The Forearm of Patients with Severe Spasticityn
Education 2nd 0857-0903 Lila Rudachyk University of Saskatchewan   Introducing Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Skills into A Medical School Curriculum: A Quantitative Analysis of Hands-On Experiential Learning About Disability  
Original Research 1st 0945-1000 Shannon Roberts University of Toronto, Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery   A Cadaveric Study of the Effectiveness and Safety of Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Carpal Tunnel Release  
Original Research 2nd 0930-0945 T. Mark Campbell University of Ottawa   Articular Changes in Weight-Bearing Immobilized Knees  
Original Research 3rd 0915-0930 Eldon Loh Parkwood Institute   Ultrasound-Guided Diagnostic Block and Radiofrequency Ablation Technique for Sacro-Iliac Joint Complex Pain: A Cadaveric and Subsequent Prospective Cohort Study of Effectiveness 
Systematic Reviews 1st 1050-1100 McKyla McIntyre University of Toronto - Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Continuous Peripheral Nerve Blockade with Local Anesthetic for Prevention of Phantom Limb Pain in Adult Postoperative Amputee Patients.
Systematic Reviews 2nd 1040-1050 Rebecca Titman University of Toronto - Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation How Do You Feel? A Review of Mood Disorder Screening Tools Appropriate for Use During Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Systematic Reviews 3rd 1030-1040 Jordan Silverman University of Toronto - Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation   Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Improves Prosthetic Performance in Upper Extremity Amputees: A Review of Cases in The Literature  
Paper of the Year 1st 1120-1140 Sean Dukelow University of Calgary  Examining Difference in Patterns of Sensory and Motor Recovery After Stroke with Robotics 
Paper of the Year 2nd 1000-1015 Ming Chan University of Alberta Electrical Stimulation Enhances Sensory Recovery: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Paper of the Year 3rd 1100-1120 Mark Bayley Toronto Rehab Institute Does Hospital Ischemic Stroke Volume Relate to Clinical Outcomes in The Ontario Stroke System?
Resident Essay Contest 1st 1140-1200 Adam Kassam University of Toronto  What’s in A Name? A Historical and Geographical Perspective On Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Nomenclature, And Why It Matters. 

Medical Student Essay and Medical Student Research Contests: ($500 and a certificate. An abstract of the winning submission will be published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.)

Contest Award Name Organization Oral Presentation Title
Medical Student Research Contest 1st Peter Chehade Ontario Medical Association   Return to Sport and Work Following Nerve Injuries in the Proximal Arm and Shoulder 
Medical Student Essay Contest 1st Andrew Round Autonomic Dysfunction Laboratory/ICORD   An Evaluation of the International Standards to Document Remaining Autonomic Function After Spinal Cord Injury (ISAFSCI): Input from the International SCI Community 

Honorable Mentions:

Contest Name Organization Oral Presentation Title
CAPMR Annual Conference - Original research Farhad Adelmanesh Firoozgar Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences Prevalence of Possible Other Pain Sources in Patients with Radicular Low Back Pain
CAPMR Annual Conference - Original research T Mark Campbell University of Ottawa   Isolation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells from The Humeral Footprint in Patients Undergoing Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair  
CAPMR Annual Conference - Case reports Katherine Knox University of Saskatchewan  Atypical Cause for Neuropathic Pain in a Person with a Chronic Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury  
CAPMR Annual Conference - Original research Tracy Mah  University of Calgary   Robotic Assessment of the Impact of Historical Sports Concussion On Sensorimotor Performance 
Resident Research Contest - Original research Alan Tam  University of Toronto The Impact of Medical Comorbidities On Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Outcomes 
CAPMR Annual Conference - Reviews Michael Payne   Parkwood Institute Lower Limb Amputee Rehabilitation in The Oldest Old: A Scoping Review  
Paper of the Year - Reviews Lawrence Robinson Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre   How Electrodiagnosis Predicts Clinical Outcome of Focal Peripheral Nerve Lesions

Oral Presentation Contests: The following recipients will present an oral presentation, of their abstract, during the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Please join us in congratulating them during their oral presentation in Vancouver.

Contest Award Time Name Organization Oral Presentation Title
Resident Research Contest 1st 0820-0830 Heather MacKenzie Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph's Healthcare London Screening Adherence For Depression Post Stroke: Evaluation Of Outpatients, A London Experience (Sad People)
Resident Research Contest 2nd 0810-0820 Elizabeth Condliffe University of Alberta Potential Implications Of Contralateral Motor Response Absence In Bilateral Spastic Cerebral Palsy: An Exploratory Observational Study
Resident Research Contest 3rd 0800-0810 Ranita Manocha Parkwood Institute Vertical Overhead Motion In The Rehabilitation Of Elbow Lateral Collateral Ligament Injuries: A Biomechanical Study
Education 1st 0920-0930 Meiqi Guo University of Toronto Physiatry Residency Program ''Let's Talk About Sex''. Improving Sexual Health For Stroke Rehabilitation Inpatients: A Quality Improvement Project.
Case Report 1st 0910-0920 Adam Kassam Western University, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph's Health Care, London, Ontario, Canada Treatment And Rehabilitation In Erythromelalgia, A Novel Approach To A Voltage-Gated Sodium Channelopathy: A Case Of Burning Red Feet.
Systematic Reviews 1st 0900-0910 Shane Hoeber Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, AB The Accuracy Of Ultrasound Guided Versus Landmark Guided Intra-Articular Hip Joint Injections: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis
Original Research 1st 0850-0900 Cameron Cunningham UBC Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Impact Of Critical Illness Polyneuromyopathy In Rehabilitation: A Prospective Observational Pilot Study
Original Research 2nd 0840-0850 Jeremy Fennell West Park Healthcare Centre Shoulder Retractor Strengthening Exercises To Minimize Rhomboid Activity
Original Research 3rd 0830-0840 Alto Lo Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Alberta, Edmonton; HealthPointe Pain, Spine & Sport Medicine, Edmonton Honorary Authorship In Postgraduate Medical Research Projects
Paper of the Year 1st 1000-1010 Eldon Loh Parkwood Institute Cadaveric Study Of Sacroiliac Joint Innervation: Implications For Diagnostic Blocks And Radiofrequency Ablation.
Resident Essay Contest 1st 1010-1020 Pamela Joseph University of Toronto Impact Of Pre-Surgical Exercise On Pre- And Post-Bariatric Surgery Outcomes In Patients With Obesity

Medical Student Essay and Medical Student Research Contests: ($500 and a certificate. An abstract of the winning submission will be published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.)

Contest Award Name Organization Oral Presentation Title
Medical Student Research Contest 1st Jason Liang University of Toronto - Faculty of Medicine Exploring The Barriers To Physical Activity In Adults With Spina Bifida Cystica With Myelomeningocele
Medical Student Essay Contest 1st Jacqui Stone University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine Myostatin In Aging And Disease: A Promising Therapeutic Target

Honorable Mentions:

Contest Name Organization Oral Presentation Title
Resident Research Contest Bita Imam University of British Columbia Status Of Inpatient Rehabilitation For Individuals With Lower Limb Amputation In Canada
Original Research Christopher Huang PM&R Residency - University of Alberta Ulnar Neuropathies