Research

The  Department of Physical Therapy has faculty members with expertise in each key area of PT practice. In particular, it is known for its research strength in Neurology and Neuroscience. Specifically, the Department is home to numerous researchers who are recognized as world leaders in the Neurological sciences and Neurorehabilitation.  Their studies span the full continuum, from basic science to clinically focused research and then to knowledge implementation.  Their efforts have led to the development of methods and programs that have advanced practice locally, nationally and internationally.

Emerging strength in cardiopulmonary function and musculoskeletal disorders round out the core pillars of excellence within the department. Faculty expertise also includes interprofessional practice and teaching as well as exercise and lifestyle effects on people with chronic conditions. Together, with our established expertise in Neurologic rehabilitation the department is well positioned to confront the highly competitive research environment.

In addition, faculty members and their research programs are well integrated with several of the world class research facilities established here in BC including:

Arthritis Research Centre

Centre for Brain Health 

Centre for Hip Health

International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD)

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI)

Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI)

Both Masters and Ph.D. students as well as Post-doctoral fellows are afforded excellent opportunities to develop their independent research skills and prepare for academic careers.
Several faculty members are currently accepting Master’s and PhD students as well as Post-doctoral fellows:

Teresa Liu-Ambrose

Lara Boyd

Pat Camp

Kristin Campbell

Jordan Guenette

Michael Hunt

Janice Eng

Linda Li

Alex Scott

Naznin Virji-Babul

Research Grant Funding

Faculty members have been extremely successful in securing research funding including CIHR, NSERC, CFI, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Michael Smith and other local, national and international granting agencies. In 2016 faculty members held a total of $16,502,658 as nominated principal investigator; in 2016 they were successful in obtaining $2,277,545 in new funding to support research projects and equip laboratories.

Faculty members had 31 PhD, 28 MSc (thesis) and 16 Post-doctoral fellows under their supervision in 2016. Additionally, they supervised an additional 16 in programs such as Undergraduate, Medicine and non-thesis Masters. Trainees supervised by our faculty members in 2016 were first authors on 89 publications* and were supported in their training with over $33,637,340**

* published during the tenure of their training;
** total amount through the tenure of the awards
Department Annual Reports Archive