Rules and Guidelines for the “Paper of the Year” Award


  1. The author must be a CAPM&R member; open to medical students, residents, fellows, or faculty.
  2. The paper must have been published in the calendar year preceding the CAPM&R meeting.
  3. Author must sign the following disclaimer: “I am the principal investigator/author/contributor to this paper”.
  4. If the applicant is not the principal investigator/author/contributor, a signed letter stating participation must be submitted for consideration.
  5. Only one submission per author.
  6. To qualify, the paper must have been published in a peer-reviewed Journal.
  7. Content of the paper can be original research, reviews, meta-analysis or other publications.
  8. The winner of the “Paper of the Year” Award will be expected to speak on the topic of his/her paper at the CAPM&R Annual Meeting.
  9. The winner of the “Paper of the Year” Award will not be considered for the other awards for work on a related topic.
  10. Prize need not to be awarded.

How to apply:

  1. Submissions must be uploaded online here:
  2. Deadline for submission is February 1 of the current year.

Review process:

  1. The chair of the Research Committee will select 3-5 reviewers among, but not limited to, Research Committee of the CAPM&R, CAPM&R members at-large.
  2. The reviewers will rank the papers submitted to the chair of the Research Committee.
  3. The paper with the highest average rating is the winner.
  4. The reviewers will not rank papers in which they have a conflict of interest.

Past Award Recipients (missing years no paper was awarded)

Year First Name Last Name Title of Paper
2016 Sean Dukelow Examining Difference in Patterns of Sensory and Motor Recovery After Stroke with Robotics
2015 Eldon Loh "Cadaveric study of sacroiliac joint innervation: implications for diagnostic blocks and radiofrequency ablation"
2014 Robert Teasell "Inpatient stroke rehabilitation in Ontario: are dedicated units better?"
2013 Robert Teasell "Time to Rethink Long-Term Rehabilitation Management of Stroke Patients"
2012 Deanna Quon “A qualitative study of factors influencing the decision to have an elective amputation”
2010 Ming Chan “Brief post-surgical electrical stimulation accelerates axon regeneration and muscle reinnervation without affecting the functional measures in carpal tunnel syndrome patients”
2009 Joy Wee “Comparing Consequences of Right and Left Unilateral Neglect in a Stroke Rehabilitation Population”
2008 Robert Teasell "Specialized Stroke Services: A Meta-Analysis Comparing Three Models of Care"
2007 Ming Chan  
2004 Guy Trudel “Measurement of Articular Cartilage Surface Irregularity in Rat Knee Contracture”