CMCC is pleased to announce that Dr. Martha Funabashi was accepted to participate in the United States Bone and Joint Institute Young Investigator Initiative Workshop (abbreviated USBJI YII).
As part of this program, Martha will receive one-on-one mentorship regarding grant writing and career development planning from established faculty with great track records at acquiring high-level funding. This will also provide an opportunity to interact with colleagues at a similar career stage and expand her network of potential collaborators.
“This is a great opportunity to support Dr. Funabashi’s promising work in Spinal Manipulation Therapy. With her acceptance into this prestigious program, she will have the opportunity to bring her recognized high quality research to the next level through collaborating with colleagues and career researchers. Funabashi’s success reflects the strength of her work and her recognized potential,” says Dr. Christine Bradaric-Baus, VP Academic.
“I am very honoured to be accepted in this program and excited about its potential to advance our ongoing investigations on spinal manipulation's safety. I look forward to continue to work and learn from a strong team of mentors that includes Drs. Sam Howarth (CMCC), Mark Erwin (CMCC), Martin Descarreaux (UQTR) and Greg Kawchuk (University of Alberta),” says Funabashi.
Funabashi was originally trained as a physiotherapist, and subsequently earned a master’s degree in neuroscience and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research will focus on the investigation of SMT forces on spines with disc degeneration and its differences in comparison to healthy spines. The team will also start the investigation of Spinal Manipulation Therapy’s safety (in terms of severe adverse events, such as vertebral fracture) for patients with this condition.