Pavlos Bobos, OIEPB U of T Class of 2018 Co-President became the new executive communication liaison of the Pain Science Division (PSD) with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).


The role of the PSD executive is to continue to provide their members with opportunities to advance their clinical practice, synthesize new research findings and bridge the gap between research and clinical practice. Furthermore, one of the aims of the PSD executive is to help advance the level of pain education across the country. Pain is a multi-faceted and complex experience that warrants careful consideration and reflection by both entry-level students and experienced clinicians.


The goal is to address this issue from a multi-pronged perspective. In addition to providing clinicians with opportunities for professional development we also want to be in close communication with university-level educators and clinical specialization regulators. PSD executive members will initiate and facilitate discussions about pain education with representatives from Canadian entry-level physiotherapy programs.


The PSD will also work to increase the national profile of CPA’s clinical specialist program and work with key stakeholders to refine our understanding of the competencies that best demonstrate specialization within the field of pain.


Currently, Pavlos is a Doctoral Candidate and he is conducting his clinical research at Roth | McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre. In the last year, he has published more than 15 peer-reviewed articles in reputable journals.


The primary focus of his Ph.D. will be the development and testing of Joint Protection Programs for people with hand osteoarthritis that will form the basis for a multi-center randomized clinical trial. His Ph.D. project is embedded in a longer-term study developing wearable nail sensors as a potential adjunct to joint protection. The development of the finger sensors and initial pilot work has been funded by The Arthritis Society of Canada.


The development and the testing of Joint protection programs in his clinical trial will determine the optimal design and content for the Joint protection that will be tested in a larger and longer-term clinical trial, and he will be a participant in this larger program of research.


In 2018, he was one of the recipients of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Award – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships and he was ranked number one across Canada in his committee.


Bravo Pavlos! The OIEPB Team is proud of all your contributions to the physiotherapy profession!