Research Agenda

Three Centres of Research Excellence

The Research Program at CMCC is a growing and vibrant culture focused on expanding the knowledge base for the care for patients suffering from musculoskeletal disorders, particularly of the spine. Restructured over the past five years with a mission to expand CMCC’s research presence, the program has consolidated its directions to address four research domains — mechanobiology, health resources, disability prevention and clinical trials — through both virtual and physical academic centres. While faculty members in both the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs each have their primary areas of interest, often they may be involved in projects addressing more than one of these domains.

1. The Centre for the Study of Mechanobiology, Injury, and Health

Projects within the Centre for the Study of Mechanobiology, Injury and Health are actively pursuing the influence of mechanical forces applied and transmitted through the human body while performing daily activity, work and sports as well as syndromes developed upon injury to one or more musculoskeletal components. The understanding of the nature of the interaction between the joint and related structures of bone, cartilage, ligaments, discs, tendons, muscles and neural components is of paramount interest to sound clinical practice, as it allows optimal design of treatment strategies for pain management, rehabilitation, exercise and lifestyle change. The primary goal of the Centre is to focus on mechanobiology, developing scientific foundations that explain how human disorders are caused by or manifest in changes in the body from mechanical forces.To this end, the McMorland Family Research Chair in Mechanobiology was established in 2007 to conduct studies that will clarify:

  • How movement and posture are controlled to help prevent pain
  • How control becomes maladaptive, promoting chronic pain and degenerative disease
  • How healthy control mechanics can be restored to ease chronic pain and restore comfort and productivity for work and for family life.

The first independent chiropractic institution to establish and fund its own research chair position, CMCC is committed to providing a foundational, unique body of knowledge that reaffirms chiropractic’s cultural authority in the field of spinal health care. 

2. The Centre for Interprofessional Health Dynamics

Projects within the Centre for Interprofessional Health Dynamics evaluate interprofessional care and collaboration and its impact on public health, health policy and chiropractic practice. Health policy and systems dynamics researchers study the role of chiropractic in total health care, and how integrated health care can benefit patients and society, improving patient access to care, quality and comprehensiveness of care, and making more effective use of resources.Understanding of the interactions among health professionals as they relate to care administration and patient outcomes is the foundation for sound health policy that seeks to direct the right care, to the right patient, in the right amount, at the right cost. 

Led by internationally known faculty, the Centre has launched an initiative in Work Disability, addressing work absenteeism originating from any disorder or accident. This topic has become of primary importance due to this growing health issue and compensation costs involved. Recent research shows that work is generally good for health and work deprivation is harmful.

3. The UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation

The UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary research program operated jointly by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and CMCC and is located on the CMCC campus. The Centre is dedicated to reducing the impact of disability on individuals and society.The goals of the Centre are to:

  1. Define best practices for the prevention and rehabilitation of disability
  2. Provide a reliable source of information related to the prevention and rehabilitation of disability
  3. Generate new knowledge through the conduct of high quality quantitative and qualitative research
  4. Produce scientific information to help health care professionals and patients make evidence informed decisions about health care
  5. Contribute to policy development through knowledge transfer and exchange with stakeholders.

The Centre currently includes 12 scientific staff and collaborators from the University of Toronto, University of Alberta, University of Southern Denmark, New York University, the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative New York University, the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative, CMCC and UOIT. Learn more about the centre by visiting its website at