CMTO Announces Centre for Integrative Medicine at the University of Toronto is Now Responsible for the Massage Therapy Research Fund

After a rigorous selection process and careful consideration, the Council of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) has announced that the Centre for Integrative Medicine (CIM) at the University of Toronto is now responsible for the Massage Therapy Research Fund (MTRF) and managing the funding competition.

More specifically, Dr. Lynda Balneaves, Director of the CIM – a collaboration of the Faculty of Medicine and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, as well as The Scarborough Hospital – is responsible for the MTRF and managing the related annual competition. Dr. Balneaves is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy in the University of Toronto. She is also a Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Dr. Lynda Balneaves

Dr. Lynda Balneaves, Director of the Centre for Integrative Medicine at the University of Toronto, is now responsible for the Massage Therapy Research Fund and managing the annual funding competition. Photograph reproduced with permission of Dr. Balneaves.

“We are very pleased with this decision. We would like to thank the IN-CAM Research Network for their valuable work over the past years in effectively managing the MTRF and ensuring a high level and rigorous funding competition. Looking ahead, we are confident that the CIM will enable the MTRF to be applied to high-quality research on Massage Therapy in the coming years,” said Corinne Flitton, CMTO’s Registrar & CEO.

The announcement regarding the CIM, which will oversee a minimum of two funding competitions, 2016 and 2017, was made to registrants and stakeholders on December 16, 2015.

For more information about the Massage Therapy Research Fund, click here.