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Participate in Research

As confirmed by our Masters student research intern Emily Giroux in the video above, your personal experience and insights can help change the world. Whether it’s a quick online survey or a few days in a clinical setting, participating in research advances the science of SCI and helps those living with SCI in any number of important ways.


Participating in ethical research studies can be a rewarding experience, not to mention super helpful for moving science forward! Check below for Current Opportunities. Spinal Cord Injury Ontario may not be affiliated with the researcher or the research project and provides this information as a resource to those who may be interested in participating. To learn more about a particular study please contact the person identified with each project.

We encourage you to do your own research before agreeing to participate in any study.


We have four current research opportunities:

 1. Wellbeing for Persons with SCI

The Lawson Health Research Institute is looking for adults with spinal cord injury who might be interested in guidance on simple and effective techniques to help with gaining control over their pain and emotional wellbeing.

The program consists of 5 lessons delivered over 8-10 weeks with weekly contact from a trained guide. It generally takes participants an hour per week with brief questionnaires related to symptoms of mood and pain.

Each participant will receive $50 in compensation.

For more information contact:
Dr. Swati Mehta



2. The Disability and Pregnancy Study

Researchers at the University of Toronto are doing a study to learn about the experiences and needs of women, trans, and non-binary with disabilities when they are pregnant and having a baby.

Am I eligible?

You may be able to be part of this study if:

  • You live in Ontario
  • You are 18 years old or older
  • You had a baby in the last 5 years
  • You have a physical, sensory, intellectual, and/or developmental disability 

What do I have to do?

You will be asked to take part in an interview about what services you used around the time you were pregnant and if those services were helpful. The interview will take about 1 hour and can be done at a time and place that is good for you. You can do the study, or not do the study. No one will be told about what you choose. The choice you make will not impact any of the services you use now or later. 

What are the benefits of participating?

You can help us learn how to improve supports for people with disabilities during pregnancy and birth. You will get a $50 gift card to thank you for your time. If you need any supports to participate, like ASL interpretation, these can be arranged.

I am interested! Who do I contact?

Please contact the Study Coordinator, Lesley, by telephone 647-601-4519 or email wiresearch@utsc.utoronto.ca





Calling on Men with SCI for three confidential, 15 to 20-minute online surveys.





Examining the impact of Virtual Integration Platform for individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (VIP-4-SCI)

During this study you will have access to a web-based platform that will allow you to virtually connect with your network of care (including your SCIO Regional and/or Peer Co-ordinators) using your computer, tablet or mobile phone. You’ll have access to the web platform for one year and will be asked to complete a brief survey after each use of the video consultation feature so that the usage of the platform can be evaluated by the research team.

Are you suitable to participate?

To participate in the study, you:

  • live in Ontario
  • are a client with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
  • can be male or female

You will not be able to participate in the study if:

  • you are not comfortable communicating in English
  • you have no access to a mobile phone, computer or tablet with an internet connection

If you have questions regarding this study and your potential participation, you may contact:

Dr. Chip Rowan  416-597-3422, ext. 6217   chip.rowan@uhn.ca

Investigators on this study include:

Principal Investigator: Dr. B Catharine Craven

Co-investigators: Mr. Courtney Cole, Dr. Stuart Howe, Dr. James Milligan

This is a joint study by For a Healthy Me, Mobility Clinic, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and UHN Toronto Rehab.

This study is funded by Ontario Centres of Excellence



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