Strengthening Chiropractic

Through Research

Port Orange campus Research Director--Liang Zhang, MD, PhD--looking through microscope in laboratory

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is the largest and most highly funded research effort in chiropractic (based on the amount of federal funding awarded to date, diversity of funding sources and number of full-time employees).

Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, full-time employees: 2012-2013, 32; 2013-14, 30; 2014-15, 31.

2014–15 Active Grants and Projects

The following projects are funded by Department of Defense (DoD), National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH/NCCIH), NCMIC Group (NCMIC), National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) and an individual gift.

  • Kiernan Chiropractic Care in Rehabilitation at Crotched Mountain [funded by William J. Kiernan, D.C.]
  • Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic (DCRCI) [funded by NIH/NCCIH]
    • DCRCI Project 1: Patient Response to Spinal Manipulation (PRiSM)
    • DCRCI Project 2: Conservative Treatment of Patients with Temporomandibular Disorders
    • DCRCI Project 3: Cervical Distraction Sham Development: Translating from Basic to Clinical Studies
  • Expanding EBCP and Research Across the Palmer College of Chiropractic [funded by NIH/NCCIH]
  • Effect of Lumbar Hypo & Hypermobility on Sensory Response to Spinal Manipulation [funded by NIH/NCCIH]
  • Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain, Military Readiness, and Smoking Cessation in Military Active Duty Personnel (ACT I, II, III) [funded by DoD]
    • ACT I: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain and Smoking Cessation in Military Active Duty Personnel
    • ACT II: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment Using Reaction and Response Times in Members of the Special Operation Forces
    • ACT III: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment: Strength and Balance
  • Distance Education Online Intervention for Evidence-Based Practice Literacy (DELIVER) [funded by NIH/NCCIH]
  • Collaborative Care for Veterans with Spine Pain and Mental Health Conditions (COCOV) [funded by NIH/NCCIH]
  • Chiropractic Integration into Multidisciplinary Healthcare Systems [funded by NCMIC Group]
  • Effect of Chiropractic on Costs of Medicare Patients with Multiple Comorbidities [funded by NIH/NCCIH]
  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Practice Analysis Survey and Research Overview Chapter [funded by NBCE]

Research Grants and Projects

Funding Committed to Research
  All Federal Non-Federal Department
2012-13 $5,564,179 $2,571,241 $272,926 $2,720,012
2013-14 $5,441,759 $2,674,070 $246,026 $2,521,663
2014-15 $3,908,771 $1,612,857 $73,155 $2,222,759