Dr. Côté’s research focuses on understanding the etiology, prognosis and management of musculoskeletal pain and disability and mental health.
Dr. Côté is an epidemiologist, Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He is also the director of the UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Côté graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1989. In 1996, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Surgery from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD in epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 2002. In 2003, he received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Dr. Côté was a member of the scientific secretariat of the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders; a large international collaboration aimed at synthesizing the scientific evidence on the problem of neck pain. In 2010, he led the development of recommendations on the definition of catastrophic impairment for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. More recently in 2012, he was mandated by the Government of Ontario to develop evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of traffic injuries. He submitted his report to the management of Common Traffic injuries in 2015. Côté is also a member of the European Spine Society Task Force on Research.
Dr. Côté has published more than 185 scientific papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, Pain and the American Journal of Epidemiology.
• Cartilage and osteoarthritis
• Nutrition, metabolism and nutrient deficiencies
• Psychological/ personality traits and their impact on health
• Infectious disease including Chikungunya and Dengue
• Radiography and advanced imaging
Dr. Stefan Eberspaecher graduated from CMCC in 2005. Prior to this he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Guelph. Shortly after graduating from CMCC he moved to Australia where he spent the best part of five years in private practice on the east coast just outside of sub-tropical Brisbane. Since returning to Canada Stefan has been a locum chiropractor travelling all around Ontario. This has afforded him the opportunity to work in many difference styles of practice and with a wide variety of patients. Dr. Eberspaecher jumped on the opportunity to supervise the WSC clinic in Moca, Domincan Republic, where he is now known as Dr. Estaban by the locals.
• Spinal disorders epidemiology – prevalence, burden, risk factors and co-morbidities
• Spine care – evidence based guidelines and models of care
• Assessment of spinal disorders – clinical examination and electrophysiology testing
Scott Haldeman holds the positions of Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine.
He is Past President of the North American Spine Society, the American Back Society, the North American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, and the Orange County Neurological Society, and is currently Chairman Emeritus of the Research Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic. He is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Board of Electroencephalography and Neurophysiology and the American Board of Clinical Physiology. He also served on the US department of Health AHCPR Clinical Guidelines Committee on Acute Low Back Problems in Adults as well as four other Clinical Guidelines Committees. He presided over The Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders.
Scott Haldeman sits on the editorial boards of six journals, and has published over 200 articles or book chapters, over 70 scientific abstracts, and has authored or edited seven books. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Western States Chiropractic College. He received the David Selby Award from the North American Spine Society. A resident of Santa Ana, California, he maintains an active clinical practice.
• Spinal pain epidemiology
• Musculoskeletal health as part of poor general health
• Lifecourse trajectories of health with a particular focus on children, adolescents and elderly
• Clinical management of spinal pain and disorders
Jan Hartvigsen is Full Professor and Head of the Research Unit for Clinical Biomechanics at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics. He is also Co-Director of the Graduate School of Physical Activity and Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Southern Denmark as well as co-founder of the Danish Center for Muscle and Joint Health. Jan oversees a comprehensive research program dealing with clinical, epidemiological, basic science, and health service aspects of musculoskeletal disorders with a focus on spine pain and disability.
His main research interest is back and neck pain as part of general poor health and how lifecourse trajectories may be modified using patient education and physical activity and exercise to empower people to cope and live with their pain.
Jan is a member of the Executive Organizing Committee of the Forum for Research on Back and Neck Pain in Primary Care. Among many national and international committee memberships, he has served as expert advisor and expert group member to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority in relation Danish National Clinical Guidelines on management of back pain and neck pain, as well as health technology assessments dealing with back pain and shoulder surgery.
Jan Hartvigsen has published 140+ papers in international scientific journals. He has been invited as keynote speaker at conferences in rheumatology, orthopedics, chiropractic, and physiotherapy held in Europe, North America, South America and Australia.
• Epidemiology and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and chronic diseases
• Safety and effectiveness of therapeutic and preventive interventions
• Methods in observational and clinical epidemiology
Eric Hurwitz is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences of John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. He graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (Southern California University of Health Sciences) in 1988 and subsequently received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Epidemiology from UCLA. Dr. Hurwitz’s research interests include the epidemiology and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and chronic diseases; the interrelationships of psychosocial, behavioral, and immune factors in the etiology and prognosis of physical and psychological pain; the safety and effectiveness of therapeutic and preventive interventions; and methods in observational and clinical epidemiology. He has served as principal or co-investigator on several pioneering epidemiologic and health services research projects, including randomized clinical trials and systematic reviews of chiropractic care and other interventions for low-back and neck pain.
Eric has authored or coauthored six book chapters and more than 80 scientific articles in leading medical, chiropractic, and public health journals. The American Chiropractic Association named him 2003 Researcher of the Year, and with coauthors in 2006, received medical and interventional science awards from the North American Spine Society. Dr. Hurwitz and coauthors won the ISSLS Prize from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine in 2006 and 2009.
Eric recently served on the Scientific Secretariat of The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders, and is currently a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Behavioral Medicine, Interventions and Outcomes Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.
• Primary health care delivery models (integrated health care models)
• New models of health professional education/training (interprofessional education)
• Health professional competencies for collaborative practice and musculoskeletal disorder management
• Patient reported outcomes research
Deborah Kopansky-Giles is a chiropractor/ clinician scientist on staff in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM), St. Michael’s Hospital and a professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Department of Graduate Education and Research. Deborah divides her time between developing and managing education and research initiatives in the department at the Hospital, conducting research on models of care delivery and interprofessional education, consulting and lecturing internationally, publishing peer reviewed papers, and volunteering in professional offices and in private practice. At present, she is the principal investigator for two large health integration projects and several interprofessional education research initiatives. Her current Masters thesis is examining interprofessional collaboration competencies in health professional education.
Deborah has been involved on numerous local, national and international advisory groups, councils, committees, conference planning committees, working groups and networks over the past two decades. She represents Canada on the World Federation of Chiropractic and the profession worldwide on the WHO Bone and Joint Decade. As well Deborah is on the editorial review board for three peer-reviewed journals.
• Spine pain
• Prevention of disability
• Multidisciplinary research
• Evidence based medicine
• Transfer of knowledge to different cultures
Margareta Nordin, Dr. Med. Sci., PT, CIE, is Research Professor, Departments of Orthopaedics and Environmental Medicine, Graduate School of Arts and Science and School of Medicine, New York University, New York, New York, USA. She is the founder and past director of the Occupational and Industrial Orthopedic Center, Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York University. She has written five books, published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, participated in seven national or international based task forces on spine pain and received multiple awards among them The Volvo Award, The Woodbridge Award, The Grammer Award, Junior Nobel Faculty Lecturer. Dr. Nordin was the first woman President of ISSLS 1999-2000. She was Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institute (2008-2014), the Polytechnic University Hong Kong (2008-2010) and currently at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.She is the Chair of EuroSpine Taskforce Research (TFR), a member of the Bone and Joint Decade International Coordinating Council (ICC) as first physical therapist joining the ICC, The main focus of her research is treatment and prevention of disability for work related and work related musculoskeletal injuriesand ailments She has a specific interest in disseminating evidence based, low cost, effective and efficient non-surgical treatment for spine pain and to return individuals to work, to functional ability and to participation in the community.
• Clinical outcomes and their measurement
• Evidence based guidelines and models of care for spinal disorders
• Conservative management of spinal disorders – strategies and mechanisms of injury.
Geoff Outerbridge received a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics and a M.Sc. in neuroscience from the University of Guelph. He began his career working for the University of Waterloo as the on-site coordinator at General Motors for the Ontario Universities Back Pain Study, a research study examining the causes of back pain in industry. In 1996 he started an ergonomics consulting company to offer his knowledge and experience to clients in a wide range of environments including mining, assembly line and office. In addition to ergonomics consulting and running a personal training business, he attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College from which he graduated in 2001. From 2001, to 2011, Geoff owned a successful multidisciplinary health clinic in Ottawa that integrated chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, rehabilitation, and family medicine. He sold his practice in 2011 to volunteer with World Spine and moved his family to Botswana to establish WSC’s flagship clinics in Mahalapye and Shoshong. He returned from Botswana in 2013 and has remained with WSC as the clinical director. Geoff continues to help establish and supervise WSC clinics around the world.
Dr. Passmore is a Chiropractor and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba. He also holds adjunct appointments in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and the Research Department at New York Chiropractic College. His sub-specialization in Kinesiology is human perceptual learning and motor control. Dr. Passmore explores performance-based outcome measures related to chronic spine pain conditions. His research looks at quantifying human movement to assess pain based on how an individual is able to move. He previously practiced as a chiropractor at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center (2007-09), where he treated Veterans with chronic pain conditions and complex comorbidities alongside a multidisciplinary team. Dr. Passmore has aided the Mount Carmel Clinic, a publicly subsidized clinic with a chiropractic program for people in poverty, through research and data collection since 2011, examining how patients with musculoskeletal pain respond to non-pharmacologic intervention. Dr. Passmore is a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association (who named him Researcher of the Year in 2020), the Manitoba Chiropractors Association, the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology and the World Spine Care Research Committee. Dr. Passmore has been a co-author on clinical practice guidelines for the conservative management of neck and back pain. In 2019, Dr. Passmore was appointed by the Federal Government of Canada (Health Canada) as the Chiropractic profession’s representative on the External Advisory Panel of the Canadian Pain Task Force.
Vincent Setlhare MD, graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dar es Salaam. He then completed his specialty training in Family Medicine (MFamMed) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a Fellowship in Global Health Leadership from Afya Bora Consortium, a partnership of nine universities:
• University of Nairobi and the University of Washington
• University of Botswana and the University of Pennsylvania
• Makerere University and Johns Hopkins University
• Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and the University of California, San Francisco
• University of Buea and Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Setlhare worked in a private rural clinic for many years before joining the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Botswana six years ago. He is currently a senior lecturer and acting head of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. He has been chairman of the Botswana Medical and Dental Association and President of the Private Practitioner’s Group (Botswana).
He also has an MBA from the University of Botswana.
Dr. Pat Tavares graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) Toronto, Canada in 1995, and attained an orthopedic fellowship designation in 2004. She started and ran a private practice for 14 years in Toronto’s west end. She was the first chiropractic volunteer to work with Health Mission Outreach, a charitable organization that provides multidisciplinary one-day free clinics to communities in need in the greater Toronto area. In 2010 she became a clinician at the CMCC where she supervises interns during their clinical rotation. As a clinician she participates in the CMCC Outreach Abroad Mission to the Dominican Republic where she supervises interns treating patients in need of spinal care. She is actively involved in research at CMCC and in the Dominican Republic. She also serves as a member on the board of the Canadian Chiropractic Orthopedists. Dr. Tavares is the Coordinator of the WSC Dominican Republic Project.
• • Evidence synthesis methodology
• Outcome measurement
• Pelvic girdle pain
• Maternal health
Francesca holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and a Master of Chiropractic from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (UK). She is also a previous Health Research Board Cochrane Fellow (Ireland), has worked as a Research Fellow for the Core Outcome Measures for Effectiveness Trials (COMET) initiative and as Clinical Research Associate for the Health Research Board – Trial Methodology Research Network in Ireland, conducting systematic reviews to inform national clinical guidelines. Francesca currently holds a post as Research Fellow in Epidemiology at Trinity College Dublin. Francesca serves as a peer reviewer for several international journals and has presented her research at many conferences globally, including as keynote speaker.