CoRS researchers work to enhance the health, quality of life and participation of patients. Our focus is on individuals with mobility or physical activity challenges and those with chronic conditions or diseases. We are also engaged in research partnerships with Indigenous peoples to support health and well-being in their communities.
Mobility and physical activity
Researchers in this area are exploring physical activity and community ambulatory and wheelchair mobility.
In collaboration with consumers, advocates and academics, researchers are conducting studies to identify needs, develop and assess interventions, and share knowledge to improve people’s abilities to be active in their communities.
Health of Indigenous peoples
Research in this area is a collaborative effort between First Nations partner communities, Indigenous students, and our researchers.
Through our joint efforts, we aim to promote Indigenous success and health and to increase Indigenous rehabilitation research capacity in the province.
We are also working to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) to increase the number of Indigenous health professionals by supporting Indigenous student success.
Primary care and primary health care
Researchers in this area are exploring how occupational, physical, and respiratory therapy can support and advance primary care and primary health care.
Through primary care health services research as well as community-based primary health care research, cluster members are working to better appreciate role, scope of practice, and impact of the integration of occupational, physical, and respiratory therapists in these fields.
Interprofessional and person-centred education and practice
By working together and building on strengths from each profession, interprofessional collaboration among health-care professionals offers better outcomes for patients.
Research in this area explores how we can strengthen those ties between professions and create a foundation for students to continue and grow those practices as they enter the workforce.
At the heart of it all, we keep the focus on what’s best for the patient, family and community.
Scholarship includes – but is not limited to – publishing in journals, reports and books, editorial and refereeing duties, as well as participation in panels, conferences and symposia.
The College of Rehabilitation Sciences is committed to funding research. Here are some examples of places to start looking for funding.
Honouring Dr. Juliette "Archie" Cooper's contributions to the University of Manitoba, the Juliette Cooper visiting scholar program in Rehabilitation Science is designed to promote research excellence in the disciplines of occupational therapy, physical therapy and respiratory therapy.
The program supports visits of national and international scholars who are outstanding researchers in areas related to rehabilitation and which advance knowledge their fields.
If you are interested in nominating yourself or a colleague as a candidate for the Dr. Juliette Cooper Visiting Scholar Program, please review the program information sheet (PDF).
To be eligible, candidates must be a faculty member or clinician from a post-secondary education institution, research centre or institute.
Submission deadline: February 1
Applications reviewed: March through May
Applicants notified: June
Submission deadline: September 1
Applications reviewed: October through November
Applicants notified: December
Applications may be considered up to three years from date of application. Starting dates are negotiated.
For more information, contact:
This signature speaker series brings world-class researchers from around the globe to the University of Manitoba for illuminating discussions on the rehabilitation sciences.
The Illuminate speaker series is open to all staff, faculty and student and admission is free.
If you are interested in nominating yourself or a colleague as a candidate for the Illuminate Speaker Series, please review and complete the Illuminate Speaker Series presenter nomination form (PDF).