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Chiropractic Consortium Becomes OAM's Eleventh Research Center


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For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, March 3, 1998

Bethesda, MD—The NIH Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) have awarded a research grant to support the first federally funded Center for Chiropractic Research. The grant was awarded to the Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research (CCCR), a group of chiropractic colleges and institutions headquartered at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Principal investigator for the CCCR is William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, a division of Palmer College of Chiropractic.

The CCCR was awarded a total of $2.7 million over the 5-year grant period. The CCCR is the 11th research center established by the OAM for the purpose of investigating complementary and alternative therapies for specific medical conditions. However, the CCCR is the only OAM-supported research center that will focus on a specific modality (chiropractic), as opposed to a medical condition. (A list of all OAM-supported research centers is provided below.)

Chiropractic is a 100-year-old health profession that focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system), and how the two impact the preservation and restoration of health. “Chiropractic is the third largest doctorate health care profession in the United States, with approximately 1 in 15 Americans seeing chiropractors yearly,” said Wayne B. Jonas, M.D., Director of the OAM. “However, there is insufficient scientific data to address the safety and efficacy of this treatment for many musculoskeletal disorders, including chronic pain,” he continued. “The CCCR will establish a national research infrastructure to facilitate high quality research and expand research opportunities in the chiropractic field,” concluded Dr. Jonas.

In addition to establishing a research infrastructure, the CCCR will examine the potential effectiveness of chiropractic therapies and provide clinical and scientific technical assistance to chiropractic investigators to aid in the development of individual research initiated projects.

Three primary goals outlined in the OAM/NIAMS request for applications were (1) to support a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and clinicians in the performance of basic, preclinical, clinical, epidemiologic, and/or health services research of chiropractic; (2) to provide resources to conduct high quality research, including an environment for training future scientists; and (3) to encourage collaboration between basic and clinical scientists and between the chiropractic and conventional medical communities.

The CCCR comprises five chiropractic colleges and two state universities. Co-investigators for the consortium are listed below:

CCCR Co-Investigators Chiropractic College/University
Cheryl Hawk, D.C., Ph.D. Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA
Cynthia Long, Ph.D. Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA
Joel Pickar, D.C., Ph.D. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Alan Adams, D.C. Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Whittier, CA
Greg Cramer, D.C., Ph.D. National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, IL
Maria Hondras, D.C., M.P.H. Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA
Gert Bronfort, D.C., Ph.D. Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Bloomington, MN
Malcolm Pope, Ph.D., Dr.Med.Sc. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Joanne Nylendo, Ph.D. Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, OR

The CCCR aims to accomplish a number of other goals during the 5-year grant period:

  1. To establish a bibliographic resource on chiropractic topics;
  2. To develop and implement research workshops, seminars, and educational materials;
  3. To establish a network of chiropractic clinicians and investigators in specific topical areas;
  4. To link investigators with the technical expertise necessary to pursue research goals; and
  5. To establish prioritized research topics and implement research.

Following infrastructure development, the CCCR will prioritize the top research areas in chiropractic medical treatments for musculoskeletal disorders, including acute and chronic pain. The CCCR will be guided in its research and prioritization efforts by an advisory committee that will meet on a quarterly basis.

Focus Location Principal Investigator
Cancer University of Texas
Health Science Center
Guy S. Parcel, Ph.D.
Women's Health Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Fredi Kronenberg, Ph.D.
Stroke and Neuro
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Samuel C. Shiflett, Ph.D.
HIV and AIDS Bastyr University Leanna J. Standish, N.D., Ph.D.
(2 centers)
University of Virginia
School of Nursing

University of Maryland
School of Medicine

Ann Gill Taylor, R.N., Ed.D, FAAN

Brian M. Berman, M.D.

Aging Stanford University William L. Haskell, Ph.D.
Addiction Minneapolis Medical Research Center Thomas J. Kiresuk, Ph.D.
Internal Medicine Beth Israel Hospital,
Harvard School of Medicine
David M. Eisenberg, M.D.
Asthma and Allergy University of California, Davis M. Eric Gershwin, M.D.
Chiropractic Palmer College of Chiropractic William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.

The Office of Alternative Medicine is a component of the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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