Pierre Côté, DC, PhD

Professor; Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
Director, Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation
Ontario Tech University

Presentation Title:  “Interdisciplinary research is necessary to solve grand challenges: What can chiropractic bring to the table?”

Professor Côté is a chiropractor and an epidemiologist. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and he is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He is also the Director of the Institute for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation at Ontario Tech University and a Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Throughout his career, Dr. Côté has contributed to several evidence-based policy initiatives. In 2015, he was mandated by the Government of Ontario to lead the OPTIMa Collaboration and develop evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of traffic injuries. In 2018, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance, an international organization dedicated to evidence-informed advocacy for those in need of rehabilitation. From 2019-2021, he led several systematic reviews of the literature to inform the development of evidence-informed regulatory policies.

Côté is actively involved with various projects with the World Health Organization (WHO).  In particular, in 2020, he was responsible for writing the daily WHO COVID-19 Research Digest and he is a member of the WHO Development Group for programs of rehabilitation for low back pain. Finally, Côté is the Chair of the Methodological Working group for Cochrane Rehabilitation and the Co-Chair of the Eurospine Diploma in Interdisciplinary Spine Care (EDISC), a program to standardize evidence-based spine care in Europe.

His current research focuses on understanding “why” people develop disability and “how” can rehabilitation be of benefit to individuals with musculoskeletal pain and mental health. Professor Côté has published more than 315 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals; his current Scopus h-index is 59.



Michelle M. Martínez-Montemayor, PhD

Associate Professor; Department of Biochemistry
Universidad Central del Caribe

Presentation Title:  “Ergosterol peroxide effects, sub-localization and potential biological targets on aggressive breast cancer models”