Research (CORS)

2021 CORS Founders’ Medal Recipient

The CORS Founders Medal was first introduced in 1982 and awarded to the author of the best paper presented at the CORS Annual Meeting.  Since that time, a long list of leaders in Canadian research have received the Founders’ Medal in recognition of excellence in science and innovation. This year’s winner was selected from the Top Canadian Research Session held during the COA, CORS, and CORA Virtual Annual Meeting and announced later the same day during the CORS Special Session.

CORS awarded the 2021 Founders’ Medal to Dr. Philip Boyer and his team from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, ON for his presentation and research on “Machine Learning Prediction of Shoulder Patient At-Home Physiotherapy with Inertial Sensors”.


The Orthopaedic Research Community is greatly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Clinicians and researchers share similar risks and challenges from both a personal and professional standpoint. Specifically, clinicians in the front line have an increased risk of contracting the virus and are currently not afforded the usual access in outpatient clinics and operating rooms to provide routine but essential orthopaedic care. Musculoskeletal care is particularly vulnerable due to practice restrictions due to the high volume of seemingly less urgent cases which make up a bulk of most orthopaedic practices. Furthermore, academic clinicians and researchers have restricted access to their laboratories, research staff and colleagues, subject recruitment and access to contemporary grant cycles which together represent an existential risk to the continuity of established and emerging musculoskeletal research programs.

The CORS executive strongly support the adoption of the musculoskeletal research themes related to the COVID-19 crisis to advocate for safe clinical care, highly relevant cutting-edge research and the security of musculoskeletal research programs of our members. Please read the full CORS position statement regarding the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Innovation Highlights (CORS Spring 2020 Newsletter)

COVID-19 brings unprecedented challenges to every one of us. We would like to hear from you and share with you stories of how the orthopaedic community is taking action to face the challenges.

Below are a few news articles highlighting Canadian doctors, researchers and industry making PPE face shields using 3D printing technologies:

  1. Dr. Alexandra Bunting, Dr. Andrew Adamczyk, and Dr. Marie-Claude Magnan in Ottawa, in collaboration with Dr. Hanspeter Frei at Carleton University, get proactive about PPE shortage. 3D-printing doc gets proactive about PPE (CBC May 4, 2020):
  2. Burloak Technologies Partners with Mohawk College & NGen to Produce Face Shields for Healthcare Workers (April 15, 2020):
  3. University of Waterloo uses 3D printing to help protect front-line medical workers (March 30, 2020):