Participate in Research

Participate in Research

Are you Taking Part in a Marathon this Year?

Participants needed for Research in Tendon Rehabilitation! 

You are invited to take part in a study that examining the difference in tendon structure before and after a long distance run. What happens to the tendon after running distances of 10 km, 21 km and 42 km? We are specifically looking at changes in tendon tone, stiffness, elasticity, tension or length. We are hoping to learn how long distance running affects these tendons to inform improved prescription rehabilitation methods for tendons in the future. 

You can Participate if you are: 

  • You are 18 years of age or older 
  • You speak English 
  • Participate in moderate or vigorous physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes at least three times per week 
  • Are already signed up to participate in one of the following races: 

- MEC Langley Race 2 (Fort Langley)
- Edge to Edge (Tofino)
- Flora Lake Marathon (Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park)
- MEC Vancouver Race 4 (Richmond)
- Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon (Vancouver)
- SeaWheeze (Vancouver)
- Longest Day Race (Vancouver)
- RUN Canada (Vancouver)
- MEC North Vancouver Race 4 (North Vancouver)

What does Participation Involve? 

  • Complete a short exercise and medical questionnaire. 
  • Allow your patellar and Achilles tendons to be tested using the handheld device pictured (MyotonPRO®) before and after the race – this procedure is completely pain and risk-free. 
  • Each data collection will last about 5 minutes (after completing a questionnaire).


For more information about this study please contact: 

Evan Finnamore 
UBC Department of Physical Therapy 
Phone: 604-897-9106 or E-mail: 

This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance by The University of British Columbia Research Ethics Board.

Calling everyone 55+ with Access to a Camera

Participate in this study for a chance to win a prize.

What does community mobility mean to you? Answer the question in a 'Photovoice' research study. All you need to do is take a photograph and submit it to us with a short description. When you choose what to photograph, think about the question: “What does ‘Community Mobility’ mean to you?”

We are particularly interested in hearing about what makes it easy or harder to be out in the community, what being in the community means, and/or how to be physically active in the community setting. Through this process we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the perceptions around being active in the community and how people explain and reflect on their community experiences.

Enter to WIN the spring prize when you submit a photo!!

You can participate if you are:

- 55 years of age or older.
- Have access to a camera.

For information on how to submit your photograph(s), contact Nicola Cherneski or Laura Burnett.

For More Information, Download the poster here.


If you are between the ages of 19 & 60 years old and have experienced Achilles pain for at least 3 months you may be eligible to join our clinical trial to look at the eectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.

To find out more about the study, contact Paul Drexler or check out the study recruitment poster.


Are you struggling with a mental health challenge or know someone who is?

Researchers from UBC and the Mood Disorders Association of BC need participants for a study regarding the relationship between physical activity and mental wellness.


  • You have a mental health challenge; or are a family member, spouse, relative, friend, or caregiver of someone who has a mental health challenge.
  • You are willing and able to participate in a 30-45 minute online survey.
  • You are 18 years old or older and live in BC.


  • Deepen your understanding of the relationship between physical activity and mental wellness.
  • Inform the design and development of potential programs and services for those dealing with mental health challenges.
  • Contribute to needed research and knowledge generation.
  • Your name will be entered to win one of four (4) $150 Gift Certificates to a Grocery Store, Community Center, or Fitness Center of your choice.

This study is a simple online survey. To participate go to

For more information, please contact Sara Vazirian at 604-875.4111 x21739 or by email


Interested in connecting with more research opportunities? Sign up for VCHRI’s monthly newsletter, In It Together, or use their search tool for current clinical trials and research studies in need of participants.