Welcome to CanWheel

Our team of 18 clinical researchers and basic scientists have developed a program of research that will use a mixed-methods approach, including lab-based, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, spanning 5 key research projects. These projects will ultimately converge at the end of the 6-year CIHR emerging team grant (2009-2015) when we will leverage our results into a new proposal and funds to conduct a randomized controlled trial in year 7 of the team’s existence. Our plan is to assess the effectiveness of our new, collaboratively-controlled wheelchair, in combination with the Wheelchair Skills Program, using the outcome toolkit we will have validated during the tenure of this team grant.


Members pictured from left to right: (back row) Dr. Laura Hurd Calrk, Ed Giesbrecht, Dr. Ben Mortenson, Dr. Louise Demers, Dr. Bill Miller, Martin Gerdzhev, Dr. Ian Mitchell, Dr. Laura Titus (front row) Dr. Rosalie Wang, Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, Emma Smith, Dr. Lee Kirby, Dr. Jan Polgar, Dr. Kate Keetch, Cher Smith, Dr. Krista Best, Dr. Paula Rushton, Debbie Field, Dr. Claudine Auger, Dr. Francois Ruthier.
Members not pictured: Dr. Alan Mackworth, Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Dr. Gary Birch, Dr. James Little, Dr. Bonnie Sawatzky, Joelle Pineau.

Improving wheeled mobility of older adults.