CRIR announces funding for New Initiatives Program


Three of ten research projects awarded funding by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal’s New Initiatives Program are initiated within the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (known by its French acronym, CRIR) supports biomedical and psychosocial research to better fulfill the needs of people of all ages with physical disabilities in order to optimize their capabilities, participation, and social inclusion. To these ends, it offers $10,000 grants to support innovative new research programs.

Of ten projects to win funding for 2018-2019, three are being conducted by principal investigators from the Lethbridge Layton Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (LLMRC) – Mackay Pavilion of the CIUSSS West Central Montreal:

  • Aaron Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Concordia University, whose research interest focuses on how visual and other sensory disorders affect the individual’s visual system;
  • Chantal Robillard, Associate Professor of Sexology at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), who looks at sensory impairment and social participation;
  • Walter Wittich, who teaches at McGill University, Concordia University, and the University of Montreal, who is researching barriers and facilitators affecting assistive device abandonment in dual sensory impairment rehabilitation.

CRIR is associated with four CIUSSS’s in the province, including CIUSSS West Central Montreal, and has academic affiliations with McGill University, University of Montreal, and University of Quebec in Montreal. 










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