Participate in a Research Study

Muscular Dystrophy Canada is often approached by researchers who are looking to raise awareness about their projects. And similarly, people affected by neuromuscular disorders often want to know how they may participate in health-related research. We have developed this listing, as well as a listing of Clinical Trials, to serve the neuromuscular community by facilitating connections and information-sharing.

This information is intended to inform patients and/or family members about current studies that may be of interest. Muscular Dystrophy Canada is not responsible for the oversight or management of the projects listed below.

To add a project to this listing

Please send summary of the project and contact details to

We encourage researchers to share the results of their work with the patient community. We would be pleased to post relevant materials, including executive summaries or final reports.



Long-term outcomes of individuals born with arthrogryposis.


Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver CANADA, are conducting a research study to look at the long term outcomes of individuals born with arthrogryposis. This study has been funded in part by the Rare Diseases Foundation in Vancouver.

Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) is a condition where primarily the limbs have significant limitation in motion at birth. Many individuals undergo many surgeries and extensive physiotherapy to improve range of motion. Physicians and researchers from around the world agree that there is still little known about what treatment works best for long term function. We propose the largest international study to determine what happens to the long-term health (>19 yrs of age) of individuals living with AMC, using an online survey and an optional additional telephone interview. We as researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada are very interested in learning more about the natural progress and best therapies for various types of AMC.



Examining adults with physical disabilities’ perceptions of athletes with physical disabilities.

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University.

If you are an adult (over 18 years old) with a physical disability, who reads and understands English, and has access to a computer with audiovisual capabilities and internet access, please consider participating by completing a 15-minute online questionnaire. As a thank you for your participation, you will receive a $5 online gift card to your choice of either Starbucks or Amazon.

Principal Investigator, Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung
(613)533-6000 ext. 78773

Co-investigator, Celina Shirazipour
(613)533-6000 ext. 78841



The Congenital Muscle Disease International Registry (CMDIR) is recruiting patients to participate in clinical trials for Congenital muscular dystrophy.

The first step for those interested in participating in these studies is to register with the CMDIR.

For more information, please contact Rachel Alvarez, Associate Director, Congenital Muscle Disease International Registry (CMDIR). Phone: (323) 250-2399



Investigators at the University of British Columbia and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children are conducting a study investigating the feasibility of conducting research measuring the impact of providing a new power wheelchair, on wheelchair driving performance and participation in everyday activities for children and youth with significant mobility limitations. The study is recruiting children (5-17 years) and families in Vancouver/ Lower Mainland, BC, and will involve:

  • Questionnaires & driving assessments
  • Repeated sessions with less than 2 hour/session
  • An honorarium will be provided for your time

Find out more.



Participate in a study examining measures of scooter use. Researchers from the University of British Columbia are looking for volunteers who:

  • are 19 years of age or older;
  • have owned a scooter for at least 3 months;
  • have mobility limitations that prevent you from going more than one block without and assistive device;
  • can read, write and speak in English.

Find out more.




Muscular Dystrophy Canada is playing a key role in an exciting new patient research initiative called The Christopher Project. We’re working in collaboration with the Marigold Foundation and clinical centers of excellence across North America to survey patients and families about their experiences in living with neuromuscular disease, specifically myotonic dystrophy types DM1 and DM2. The information gathered will be used to increase our shared understanding and address the challenges of living well with this complex disease.

If you or someone you love is affected by myotonic dystrophy, and you would like to participate in this important initiative, please submit your mailing address.

For more information or to fill out the survey online, please visit the Christopher Project website.

Questions? Please contact Marla Spiegel at 1-866-687-2538 ext 1103.

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