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Team Working

Want to network with heath and research professionals who share similar interests? Want to collaborate on evidence-based health research? Join one of CIPRD's committees. With an emphasis on knowledge translation, CIRPD's committees host focus groups, conduct research, and develop websites on everything from neck pain to disability prevention to pain management. By joining a committee, you become part of a team that values team-work, innovation, and evidence-based research. Dedicating only two hours a month, you help shape health policy and practice. At CIRPD, we believe in interdisciplinary work across public sector, health, research and policy making disciplines. Based in Vancouver, CIRPD has committee members from around the world. With a little help from new media technology, CIRPD committee members share ideas and collaborate on projects. We work closely with public sector, research, health, and policy-making professionals to improve patient outcomes and turn research into practice.


  • Health and Work Productivity Website
  • Whiplash Prevention Steering committee
  • Pain Self-Management Toolkit

Research Specialties

  • Neck pain
  • Disability prevention and management
  • Chronic pain
  • Back pain
  • Musculoskeletal disorders

How to Join

If you are interested in joining one of CIRPD's committees, please contact us

Health and Work Productivity Website

Knowledge to Action Committee

The Health and Work Productivity Website, still in the development phase, promises to give employers and employees the tools and resources they need to stay healthy and productive in the workplace. To achieve this, the Knowledge to Action Committee conducts user analysis of research articles published on the website.


  • To test the process by which research articles will get rated on both scientific merit and industry usability within the Health and Work Productivity website


  • Dr. Marc White - Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
  • Dr. Izabela Schultz - Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Janusz Kaczorowski - Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia
  • Lisa McGuire - FIOSA/MIOSA
  • Vernita Hsu - BC Construction Safety Association
  • Paula Osachoff - Librarian, BC Medical Library
  • Dr. Rick Iverson - Businees Department, Simon Fraser University
  • Dr. Shannon Wagner - Department of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Werner Schulz - Healthcare Benefit Trust
  • Eleanor Murray - Epidemiologist

Whiplash Prevention Steering Committee

The Whiplash Prevention Steering Committee aims to create awareness about how to prevent whiplash by properly adjusting your head restraint. Working closely with fleet managers, the auto industry, and occupational health professionals, the Steering Committee helps reduce whiplash injury and create awareness about safer vehicles.


  • To discuss industry standards for improving awareness of proper head restraint adjustment within business fleets.
  • To discuss ways of educating health professionals of the impact proper head restraint adjustment can have on reducing whiplash injuries
  • To analyze the usefulness of the current Whiplash Prevention website, which is under construction
  • To brainstorm ways of educating the public on the importance of proper head restraint adjustment


  • Doug Romilly - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Ediriweera Desapriya - Dept. of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia. BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit
  • Dr. Marc White - Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
  • Tonya Hyde - Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
  • Dr. Anne Snowdon - Odette School of Business, University of Windsor
  • Gunter Siegmund - MEA Forensics
  • Diane Mackay - Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
  • Bernhard Sauter - BC Hydro
  • Marj Belot - Physitherapist
  • Alison Hoens - UPB Dept. of Physical Therapy
  • Stan Jung - Chiropractor
  • Sylvie Gelinas - Fortis BC
  • Adrienne Hook - Health Employers Association of BC
  • Brenda Locke - Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia
  • Erin Pierson - Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia
  • Blair Qualey - New Car Dealers of British Columbia
  • Bill Dyer - Air Canada 
  • David Dunne - BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation
  • Sergio Picco - City of Burnaby
  • Mehmet Vural - Spotlight Enterprise Consulting Group

Self-Management Toolkit Committee

This committee aims to create a community-based website where those with chronic pain can take an active role in self-management by tracking important life factors related to improving their functionality and quality of life.


  • Create the over-all outline of psycho-social based tools for the self-management toolkit
  • Create and distribute a questionnaire to discover the self-management priorities of chronic pain sufferers


  • Dr. Marc White - Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
  • Tonya Hyde - Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
  • Dr. Ken Craig - Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • Cindy Weisbart - Psychologist
  • Maria Hudspith - Pain BC
  • Shelley Hourston - BC Coalition for People with Disabilities
  • Allen Lehman - Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
  • Pam Rogers - Arthritis Research Centre of Canada


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