Ranita Manocha

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute


University of British Columbia


University of Western Ontario


University of Western Ontario

FRCPC (Royal College)

Clinician Investigator Program (Royal College)

Contact information


Office: 403.944.2178

Web presence


Preferred method of communication

Administrative Assistant
Krista Repp    
Email: krista.repp@ahs.ca    
Phone: 403.944.5930 extension 2

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Neurotechnologies
  • Spinal Cord, Nerve Injury and Pain

Research Activities

I have clinical, research, and educational interests in how walking aids, braces, and wheelchairs affect upper limb biomechanics as many patients with neurological impairments must weight-bear more through their arms. I developed the bracing and wheelchair seating curriculum for the physiatry residents in Calgary and I have supervised research students from Community Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, Engineering, Kinesiology, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. I started the Hypermobility Syndromes Rehabilitation Clinic and the Bracing and Mobility Clinics in Calgary. In terms of research, I have developed collaborations to study how crutches affect upper limb kinematics and surface electromyographic activity; how ligamentous laxity conditions affect proprioception and tendon stiffness; and how Canadian professional healthcare programs teach students about walking aids. I look forward to harnessing machine learning capabilities to assess and treat abnormal movement patterns.



Full member McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health





  • Editor’s Choice Article, Journal of Hand Surgery – 2018
  • First Place, Posters, Systematic Reviews, Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R) Annual Scientific Meeting – 2017
  • First Place, Abstracts, Systematic Reviews, CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting – 2017
  • Western Graduate Research Scholarship – 2014-2016
  • Third Place, Abstracts, Resident Research, CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting – 2016
  • Third Place, Abstracts, Resident Research, CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting – 2015
  • First Place, Abstracts, Case Reports, CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting – 2015
  • First Place, Abstracts, Systematic Reviews, CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting – 2014
  • Physician Services Incorporated Resident Research Grant – 2014
  • Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay Medal Bearer – 2012
  • William Webber Memorial Scholarship, University of British Columbia (UBC) – 2012
  • First Place, Posters, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Summer Student Research Forum – 2010
  • CIHR Health Professional Student Research Award – 2010
  • Florence E. Heighway Summer Research Award, UBC – 2010
  • Oscar Engelbert Forsberg Memorial Scholarship in Medicine, UBC – 2010
  • John J. Mason Memorial Scholarship in Medicine, UBC – 2010
  • Life Labs Services Prize in Endocrinology – 2010
  • 2010 Olympic Winter Games Torchbearer – 2009
  • Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Award in Medicine, UBC – 2009
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, University of Toronto (UoT) – 2008
  • Dean’s Honour List, University of Western Ontario (UWO) – 2005-2008
  • Continuing Admission Scholarship, UWO – 2005-2008
  • Richard Konrad Scholarship in Science, UWO – 2008
  • Andrew & Sarah Hamilton Scholarship for Academic Excellence – 2006-2008
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, UWO – 2007
  • Faculty Association Award for Academic Excellence, UWO – 2007
  • Reach for the Top Award, UWO – 2005
  • Governor General’s Bronze Academic Medal – 2005
  • Local Award Laureate, Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation – 2005
  • National Book Award, UoT – 2004
  • Novice Champion, Skate Canada National Synchronized Skating Championships – 2001