Canada's newest CCRF Research Chair in Neuromusculoskeletal Health.
Subject: Medical societies (Officials and employees)
Pub Date: 07/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association Publisher: Canadian Chiropractic Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Canadian Chiropractic Association ISSN: 0008-3194
Issue: Date: July, 2010 Source Volume: 54 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 540 Executive changes & profiles; 360 Services information
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Organization: Organization: University of Regina
Persons: Named Person: Bruno, Paul
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Canada Geographic Code: 1CANA Canada
Accession Number: 259589951
Full Text: Profile--Dr. Paul Bruno DC, PhD


Dr. Paul Bruno DC, PhD

CCRF Research Chair in Neuromusculoskeletal Health

University of Regina, Saskatchewan

The University of Regina has announced that Dr. Paul Bruno DC, PhD has taken up the new and distinguished CCRF Research Chair in Neuromusculoskeletal Health in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina as of July 1, 2010.

Dr. Bruno received his Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree in 1999 at the University of British Columbia. In 2004, he graduated magna cum laude from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Dr. Bruno has received the distinguished Elsevier International PostGraduate Research Prize in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2008, Dr. Bruno received his doctorate from the University of Portsmouth in the UK.

Most recently Dr. Bruno was a faculty member at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth England where he also maintained a clinical practice. Dr. Bruno joins the University of Regina in this new research position as an Assistant Professor and Clinician-Scientist.

Dr. Bruno's primary responsibility will be to facilitate research and scholarship in the clinical aspects of Neuromusculoskeletal Health. He will conduct a major program of research, pursue external funding to support his research program, teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, supervise undergraduate honours students and graduate students, and pursue opportunities as a clinical chiropractor.

Dr. Bruno's research interests are primarily focused on the fields of motor control and rehabilitative exercise therapy for low back pain patients. The studies he has conducted have investigated quantifying the activation patterns of muscles around the lumbar spine and pelvis during clinical testing procedures used to detect specific motor control deficiencies in patients. The results have provided insight into the validity and usefulness of these procedures and make preliminary recommendations to clinicians regarding the implementation of specific rehabilitative exercises aimed at restoring normal motor patterns in particular patients.

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies is located in the $32 million Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport, which opened in September 2004. The Centre has outstanding laboratory and research facilities, including the fully equipped Neuromechanical Research Centre, and also houses the Allied Health Centre and the Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre.

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Bruno DC, PhD!

Profile--Dr. Jean-Philippe Pialasse, DC, MSc.


Dr. Jean-Philippe Pialasse, DC, MSc,

PhD candidate

Doctorate in Kinesiology

Universite Laval, Quebec

Dr. Jean-Philippe Pialasse completed his chiropractic degree in January 2004 from the only chiropractic college in France: the "Institut Franco-Europeen de Chiropratique" (IFEC), and immediately undertook full time practice in Toulouse in the south of France. During this same period, he was also elected as member of the Board of Governors of IFEC and one of his commitments was to establish a second site of IFEC in Toulouse. He succeeded in establishing the first year program in September 2006 with the help of all the IFEC staff, and after one year was granted a scholarship from IFEC to pursue a Masters degree.

Dr. Pialasse joined the Masters in Kinesiology program at the "Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres" (UQTR) where he was supervised by Martin Descarreaux, DC, PhD. His thesis focused on the cervical flexion relaxation phenomenon, which is a cervical extensor muscles electromyographic silence observed during full flexion. This work helped in determining the onset and cessation angle of this silence, and also the speed of movement and load effect on these angles. The Masters opportunity allowed him to publish his two first articles, and also to present work at congresses in Ontario, Quebec, USA and France.

From January 2010, Jean-Philippe enrolled in the PhD kinesiology program at "Universite Laval", supervised by Martin Simoneau, PhD, and co-supervised by Martin Descarreaux, DC, PhD. His thesis will focus on idiopathic scoliosis, and the influence of vestibular asymmetry on its evolution. The purpose of this project is to confirm the existence of vestibular asymmetry in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis, and to determine if this asymmetry precedes the deformity. A second purpose of this project is to help determine which of the adolescent population is more subject to have severe evolution of the scoliosis. The project will provide collaboration between UQTR and "Universite Laval" , orthopaedic surgeons and also private chiropractic practices.

The project received financial support from the "Fondation Cotrel de la Fondation de France", for 3 years. Dr. Pialasse has been awarded by the "Fondation de Recherche Chiropratique du Quebec", a bursary, in order to pursue his PhD. He is also the first chiropractor from IFEC to be enrolled in a PhD program, even though the college was created in 1983!

Dr. Pialasse is also secretary of the AFC Board of Governors and is involved in the ongoing project of regulation of Chiropractic in France.

Profile--Dr. Craig Jacobs DC, MSc, FCCS(C).


Dr. Craig Jacobs DC, MSc, FCCS(C)

University of Toronto

Dr. Craig Jacobs had a successful career as a professional dancer primarily with the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel. After retiring from performance, Dr. Jacobs was artistic director of Batsheva's junior company before pursuing a chiropractic career. He completed his BFA from the University of North Carolina's School of the Arts in 2000. After graduating magna cum laude from CMCC in 2005, Dr. Jacobs' was accepted into CMCC's Clinical Sciences Residency Programme.

Dr. Jacobs began collaborating with Dr. J. David Cassidy, director of research at the University Health Network's Centre for Research Expertise in Improved Disability Outcomes (CREIDO) and director of Artists' Health Research at the Toronto Western Hospital, to study musculoskeletal injuries in professional dancers. He piloted this research on the National Ballet of Canada, completed his residency and became a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences.

Dr. Jacobs received a CIHR Master's Award to implement his research on an international scale while pursuing a Master of Science degree at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. Dr. J. David Cassidy was Dr. Jacobs' supervisor and Dr. Pierre Cote his co-supervisor.

Dr. Jacobs' research involved the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, Royal Swedish Ballet, Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Royal Danish Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company (Israel) and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (Israel). This involvement of elite dance companies has made this study the largest cross-sectional study of professional dancers to date and the only international study of its kind.

Dr. Jacobs' research focused on the prevalence and associated factors of injury in professional dancers, dancers' attitudes and perceptions of injury, and issues surrounding injury reporting. He has presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science's Annual Meetings in Cleveland (2008) and The Hague (2009), the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic Symposium, and the World Federation of Chiropractic's Congress in Montreal (2009). Dr. Jacobs has published in scientific journals including Spine and the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

Dr. Jacobs received his Master of Science from the University of Toronto in June. He works as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the University Health Network's Whiplash Intervention Trial headed by Dr. Pierre Cote, maintains a clinical practice in Toronto, and is an Assistant Professor at CMCC in the Department of Clinical Education.
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