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New WFC Disability and Rehabilitation Committee Names Pierre Côté As Chair

April 7, 2017

pierre coteTORONTO, CANADA, April 7, 2017. The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has named world renowned epidemiologist Professor Pierre Côté DC, PhD as the first Chair of its new Disability and Rehabilitation Committee.

Dr Côté is the Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation. He graduated as a chiropractor from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1989. In 1996 he obtained a Master of Surgery degree from the University of Saskatchewan where he studied the Epidemiology of Neck and Back Pain in the General Population. He completed his PhD in Epidemiology and a minor in Research Bioethics at the University of Toronto in 2002. In 2003, he was awarded a five-year New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Prior to joining UOIT, where he is an Associate Professor, Dr Côté was a scientist in the Division of Health Care and Outcomes Research at the Toronto Western Research Institute and an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, where he continues to hold an appointment. He was a member of the Scientific Secretariat of the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders and also held a 2010 appointment as Chair of the Catastrophic Impairment Expert Panel.

Dr Côté is currently the Chair of the Minor Injury Guideline Project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He is the Director of the UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation. He is a member of EuroSpine, the European spine society, and is a past member of the WFC Research Council.

The Disability and Rehabilitation Committee (DRC) has been established by the WFC in response to the growing global need for experts in disability prevention and rehabilitation. Priority areas of work are the positioning chiropractic as a global partner for the promotion of evidence-based disability prevention, publication of evidence-informed position papers and advancing and facilitating the involvement of chiropractors as members of rehabilitation teams and as agents for the implementation of local, national and international public health policies on disability and rehabilitation.

WFC President Dr Espen Johannessen said: “We are delighted that Dr Côté has accepted this important new position within the WFC. As a non-governmental organization in official relations with WHO, it is important that we strongly encourage doctors of chiropractic to be agents of change in their practices and communities. Disability prevention and rehabilitation are critical components in supporting population health.”

The WFC was a signatory to WHO’s Rehabilitation 2030 Call to Action at a high level international meeting in Geneva in February. Attended by ministers of health, numerous government representatives and other health leaders, the meeting highlighted the global need for rehabilitation services.

The WFC will shortly issue a call for applications for membership of the committee, which will seek to attract members from both within and outside the chiropractic profession.

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