Research

The Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) is the profession’s primary national research funding organization. Incorporated under the federal Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs in 1978, CCRF financial grants assist doctors of chiropractic to obtain their
Masters and PhD degrees and to establish themselves in multi-disciplinary research positions. This is one of the ways in which the profession continually nurtures a chiropractic research culture that will inform quality, evidence-based care. The CCRF has also been instrumental in partnering with organizations such as the federal Canadian Institutes for Health Research to establish Chiropractic Research Chairs in universities across the country.

For information on becoming a member of the CCRF or to make a research donation, contact Dr. Allan Gotlib, Director of Research and Editor of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association at agotlib@chiropracticcanada.ca.

* Research Chair, Professorship and Scientist Program
* International Collaboration
* Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

* Research Chair, Professorship and Scientist Program [Top]

The profession’s university-based Research Chair and professorship program is significantly building the profession’s intellectual research capacity to help Canadians live healthier lives.

University of Alberta Canada Research Chair in Spinal Function
Dr. Greg Kawchuk DC, PhD
Common Spinal Disorders Laboratory
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Alberta
Funded by: Industry Canada, University of Alberta,
Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.

University of Toronto Scientist in Disc Biology
Dr. Mark Erwin DC, PhD
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
The Spine Programme
University of Toronto
Toronto Western Hospital
Funded by: University Health Network, University of
Toronto, Synthes and the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.

University of Toronto Chiropractic Research Chair (transferred to Dalhousie)
Dr. Jill Hayden DC, PhD
Department of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation
University of Toronto
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research and
the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.

University of British Columbia Professorship in Spine Biomechanics and Human Neurophysiology
Dr. Jean-Sébastien Blouin DC, PhD
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research,
University of British Columbia, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.

McMaster University Chiropractic Research Chair
Dr. Jason Busse DC, PhD
McMaster University
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.

UQTR Titulaire de la Chaire de Recherche en Chiropratique
Dr. Martin Descarreaux DC, PhD
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Funded by: Fondation de recherche chiropratique du
Québec, Système Platinum, UQTR and the Canadian
Chiropractic Association.

University of Guelph Professorship in Spine Mechanics and Human Neurophysiology
Dr. John Srbely DC, PhD
University of Guelph
Funded by: Ontario Chiropractic Association, University
of Guelph and the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.

University of Manitoba - Upcoming Professorship
Professorship in Spine Biomechanics and Human
Neurophysiology
University of Manitoba
Funded by: Manitoba Health, Manitoba Chiropractors’
Association and the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.
In addition, discussions are currently underway to establish Professorships/Chairs at three additional universities.

* International Collaboration [Top]

The Canadian Chiropractic Association is an affiliate member of the Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre and a representative of the chiropractic profession serves on the Executive Committee of the Network. The Cochrane Collaboration, established in the United Kingdom in 1993, is an international organization whose mission is to prepare, maintain and promote the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of health care interventions.

The CCA also participates in international projects such as the World Health Organization’s Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders which published a major inter-disciplinary study in 2008.

* Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College [Top]

The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) has been recognized as an international leader in chiropractic research for more than five decades. Over the years, members of CMCC’s faculty have developed collaborative research relationships with faculty at many academic institutions in North America. CMCC and the profession also participate in inter-professional health policy development. Click here for an overview of CMCC’s research activities.