McKenzie Institute International

15th International Conference in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®

The Burden of Musculoskeletal Disability:

Are We Moving in the Right Direction?

August 6-8, 2021
Ottawa, CA

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Bringing Together a Global Community of Experts

The 15th International Conference in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy provides a stimulating and interactive learning event that will demonstrate, debate and celebrate both the art and science of contemporary musculoskeletal care.

The issues around the burden of musculoskeletal disability will be critically examined in a format encouraging healthy discussion and dialogue in both plenary sessions and interactive parallel sessions/workshops to optimize the role of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in contemporary and multi-disciplinary neuromusculoskeletal patients assessment and management.

Located in the heart of the magnificent capital city of Canada, the Westin Ottawa will be our congenial host venue supporting a combination of plenary sessions, workshops and social functions with some of the world’s leading clinicians, educators and researchers.

Plan to spend a little part of your summer in Canada’s beautiful capital. It's the ideal city and season to enjoy your downtime with colleagues and friends!

Scientific Committee Members

Chair, Grant Watson
Yvonne Body
Margaret Campbell
Jean-Philippe Deneuville
Melissa Kolski
Audrey Long
Georg Supp
Hans van Helvoirt


View Profiles
Jan Hartvigsen
Greg Lehman
Peter Malliaris
Maike Müller
Nicolas Naiditch
Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme
Carolyn Vandyken

What You'll Learn

  • Actively engage and network effectively in a community of practice event and connect with people who share a common identity to help advance your interest of inquiry and utilization of MDT in optimizing contemporary patient care
  • Critically examine the role of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) in attempting to alleviate the burden of musculoskeletal disability
  • Participate in a variety of interactive workshops promoting a combination of comprehensive clinical reasoning and effective management strategies to ensure the ability to integrate the material presented into your clinical or educational settings
  • Improve your understanding of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) as a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to effective neuromusculoskeletal patient care

The North American Spine Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The North American Spine Society designates this live activity for a maximum


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the U.S. to participate in the CME Activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Applications for CEUs for USA Physical Therapists will be submitted to the following states who require pre-approval: AZ,CA, FL , IL, LA, MD, MN, MS, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, TH, TX, WV. For states not listed, contact your state licensing agency for information on how to obtain credit. The total contact hours for the Conference are 15.25.

For other disciplines not identified, continuing education/medical units may not be available. If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected].

Schedule & Registration


Ottawa River Queen

Conference Dinner

Saturday, August 7

The conference dinner will commence at 6.30 PM aboard the Ottawa River Queen, where you’ll have a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a memorable evening networking with fellow colleagues and new friends, all the while enjoying the ever-changing scenic vistas. A buffet Dinner, 2 beverages, tax and gratuity are included on this incredible 4-hour cruise on the Ottawa River. The price per person is $99 USD and space is limited. We encourage you to register early! Registrations will be processed in the order they are received. *Event will proceed rain or shine.

Research Fun Run 2021

Saturday, August 7 at 6:30 AM
Westin Hotel / Ottawa

We are happy to present the 4th Research Fun Run in Ottawa.
Meet people from all over the world and enjoy this 4.9 k social run – or walk – together.
The registration fee is your donation to IMDTRF. The minimum donation is 50 USD.
Every participant will receive a ‘Research Fun Run – shirt’ to remember this event.

Hotel & Travel

The Westin Ottawa

The hotel is updating their system to the new conference dates and the reservation link will be available shortly.

***Registered conference attendees staying at the conference hotel will have breakfast included on Saturday and Sunday morning of the conference.

11 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9H4 Canada

Have a Question?

We want to make sure that your registration process is a pleasant one, so if you have any trouble or a question,
please email or call us at (630) 230-3600.