IMHA Trainee resources


The Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis enables the creation and translation of knowledge to improve musculoskeletal, skin, and oral health.

An important component of this mission is supporting the next generation of arthritis, musculoskeletal (MSK) rehabilitation, bone, muscle, skin and oral health researchers. Below are links and resources that IMHA hopes will be useful for trainees.

Questions and suggestions

Is there a particular resource or type of information that you would like IMHA to provide for trainees? Do you have a comment or question about this webpage? Please feel free to contact IMHA at

Funding opportunities

Institute community support: Travel awards for students and post-doctoral fellows

The deadlines for the IMHA travel awards are May15th, September (application deadline t.b.d)* and January (application deadline t.b.d)*. These awards provide a maximum of $1,000 to research trainees to assist with the costs of presenting their research at national or international conferences that fall under IMHA's mandate. For more information, please visit IMHA's funding opportunities.

* Please note that as of August 2011, the Travel Awards program will be administered through ResearchNet. Please visit the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database at that time for details (e.g. application deadline, application instructions...) on the funding opportunity.

IMHA Summer undergraduate student research awards

CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis and Institute of Aging provide a funding opportunity to undergraduate and health professional students to facilitate undertaking research projects with health researchers. For more information, please visit IMHA's funding opportunities.

For more information on current funding opportunities, please visit IMHA's funding opportunities and CIHR's funding opportunities.

Training programs

Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR)

STIHR provides funding, from CIHR and its partners, for individual training programs to use to support research trainees. STIHR program information for trainees can be found online.

As part of this initiative, IMHA funds a series of programs.

Summer Institute on knowledge translation

Knowledge Translation Canada runs a Summer Institute to bring together graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows, scholars and decision makers who work in areas relevant to knowledge translation. The Institute provides an opportunity for students to meet and work with researchers in this area, and increase their understanding of knowledge translation research. For more information, please visit the Knowledge Translation Canada website.


Call for networking announcements

Do you know of a student society or event for trainees in IMHA fields? IMHA would like to make other trainees aware of these societies and events by listing them on this webpage. To bring one to our attention, please send a brief description to

Meet your peers

Jia Hao: Schulich dental student and recipient of second place in the junior category of the Hatton Award competition at the 2010 meeting of the International Association for Dental research (IADR).

Meet your mentors

Dr. Christine Chambers: Dalhousie researcher and recipient of the 2010 International Association for the Study of Pain's (IASP) Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Lois K. Cohen: IMHA IAB member from 2004-2010 and retired Consultant for the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. David Goltzman: Recipient of the 2010 Lawrence G. Raisz Award.

Dr. Angela Cheung: Recipient of the 2010 Lindy Fraser Memorial Award.

Dr. John O'Keefe: Dentist, Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Director of Knowledge Networks, member of the IMHA Partnerships and Knowledge Translation Committee, and knowledge user on a CIHR Knowledge-to-Action grant.

Meetings of interest

Information regarding upcoming meetings and CIHR Cafés can be found in the monthly IMHA newsletters.

Additional resources

CIHR Grants and Awards Guide

Information and guidelines concerning CIHR grants and awards can be found online in the Grants and Awards Guide.

Advice on applying for grants and writing great papers

The Guidebook for New Principal Investigators, created by the CIHR Institute of Genetics, has valuable information and advice that can apply to trainees. Please visit this guidebook for advice on how to apply for grants, how to write great papers, and even insights into the transition from being a trainee to a new principal investigator.

Advice on how to juggle academic work with an administrative role

Each month, our newsletter, IMHA On The Move, features the answer to a question that IMHA has been asked. In February 2011, Dr. Jane Aubin, IMHA Scientific Director, answered a question she is asked frequently by trainees and young investigators: How do you juggle your academic work with your role as a Scientific Director (SD)?

Why do both research and an administrative role?

  • I, like most academics, do research, mentoring and teaching because I am excited by discovery and its translation and want to see the next generation flourish
  • an administrative job such as my role as SD allows me to give back in other ways to the system that has supported me
  • my administrative jobs have allowed me to implement a vision about what I want to see happen and ideas for how to make it happen in my academic and CIHR environments

How to juggle the two jobs

  • to juggle two roles successfully, you have to be committed to and enthusiastic about doing both and doing both well
  • you need to compartmentalize the activities
    • consciously protect time for each job, and be strict with time commitments
    • having separate offices devoted to each role can help compartmentalize the activities, especially when first starting out (I did this early on in my first administrative role)
    • don't obsess if deadlines for one of the roles consume more than half of your available time at particular times; accept this, prioritize what is urgent, and then "catch-up" on what has had to be delayed
  • accept that you will usually not be working 8 hour days
  • protect time for yourself and family; not only is this important for maintaining balance, but it also refreshes you to tackle the work
  • lastly, if one role or the other stops being fun or giving you a sense that you are making a difference, stop doing what you are not enjoying or doing well

Additional links

Canadian Arthritis Trainee Association

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