Approved projects

WCB's Research Program provides full funding for projects and sponsorship for co-funding, data access and collection.

Co-funding assists researchers who seek funding from other agencies, such as Alberta Innovates and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Data access and collection allows researchers to access claim data for research purposes. This includes the review of historical data, live data collection and surveying. All data requests must satisfy the requirements of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and undergo ethical review by the appropriate institution.

Active projects

Title Researchers Time Period
A randomized clinical trial comparing three methods of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction: patellar tendon, quadruple semitendinosus/gracilis and double-bundle semitendinosus/gracilis grafts - 10-year follow-up Dr. Nicholas Mohtadi and Dr. Luz Palacios-Derflingher
University of Calgary
2012 - 2020
PrEvention of Post-Traumatic ContractuRes with Ketotifen - PERK Dr. Kevin Hildebrand
University of Calgary
2013 - 2018
Appropriate and efficient management of shoulder injuries: who needs surgery? Dr. Lauren Beaupre
University of Alberta
2014 - 2018
A randomized controlled trial comparing low-intensity, pulsed ultrasound to placebo in the treatment of operatively managed scaphoid non-unions Dr. Neil White
University of Calgary
2014 - 2018
Early functional return to work following distal biceps repair Dr. Lauren Beaupre, Dr. Robert Chan and Dr. David Sheps
University of Alberta
2015 - 2019
Effectiveness and safety of high dose opioid therapy in WCB-Alberta Dr. Sebastian Straube
University of Alberta
2015 - 2018
Graft reconstruction for "irreparable" rotator cuff tears: superior capsule reconstruction vs. tendon repair with graft bridging Dr. Ian Lo
University of Calgary
2016 - 2018
Adverse events associated with medium and long-term use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain: an overview of Cochrane review Dr. Sebastian Straube
University of Alberta
2016 - 2018
Novel surgical options for challenging joint injuries Dr. Scott Timmermann
University of Calgary
2016 - 2019
Validation and Refinement of the Work Assessment Triage Tool for Selecting Rehabilitation Interventions for Injured Workers Dr. Doug Gross
University of Alberta
2017 - 2018
Early Mobilization Following Cuff Repair: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Current Evidence Dr. Lauren Beaupre
University of Alberta
2017 - 2018
The Impact of Residual Deformity on Outcome after Calcaneous Fractures Dr. Andrew Dodd
University of Calgary
2017 - 2019
Comparison of CT and Arthroscopy for Determining On/Off Track Hill-Sachs Lesions Dr. Ian Lo
University of Calgary
2017 - 2019
Can HR-pQCT Be Used to Assess Fracture Healing for Earlier Rehabilitation in Stable Distal Radius Fractures? Dr. Prism Schneider
University of Calgary
2017 - 2019
Effectiveness of Treatments for Traumatic Psychological Injury in a Workers' Compensation Context Dr. Sebastian Straube
University of Alberta
2017 - 2019

Interested in learning about some completed research projects? Have a look at our archive.

Want to know more?

Learn about the research initiatives being sponsored by other Canadian workers' compensation boards by visiting the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) website.