Welcome to the PIRL

The Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab (the PIRL) is the primary research laboratory directed by Dr. David M. Walton PT, PhD in Elborn College on the campus of Western University, Canada.  

Integrational research recognizes that complex processes (such as measuring and understanding human experience) are greater than the sum of their parts.

We conduct research on whiplash and other musculoskeletal pain conditions in an effort to better understand the processes that lead to the development of chronic pain and disability after injury.  Our goals are to:

  1. Improve clinical measurement of people in pain, both acute and chronic.
  2. Develop sound, integrated, and clinically-feasible predictive protocols to identify people with acute injuries who are at risk of long-term problems.
  3. Improve the management and outcomes of people with both acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

Those are broad and lofty goals, but in today's world of connected, trans-disciplinary research, we believe they are attainable.  Members of our lab and our collaborators possess expertise in the following fields of research:

  • Clinical measurement and psychometrics
  • Translational research
  • Motion capture (video-based and wearable)
  • Consumer technology as it interacts with healthcare
  • Endocrinology
  • Psychology and Cognitive Science
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Manual and manipulative therapies
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • And more on as-needed bases

This website will serve as the public face of work currently underway in the PIRL.  It will be updated primarily as time allows.  We encourage you to subscribe to the RSS feed of your favourite page, or to check back periodically.  Comments can be left on this site and they will be received by members of the lab.