Strengthening Chiropractic

Advancing Knowledge

DC2017 conference logo Palmer’s presence was strong at the March 2017 DC2017 (ACC-RAC) conference in Washington, D.C. Palmer faculty and staff had 19 platform presentations and 29 posters accepted for the prestigious conference. The ACT 1 presentation research team, led by Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., F.P.A.C., was awarded the Scott Haldeman Award for Outstanding Research. Additionally, Dr. Goertz and West Campus President William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., delivered plenary presentations. Dana Lawrence, D.C., M.Med.Ed., M.A., former Palmer administrator now with Parker University, was the peer review chair.

Advertisement for Gallup-Palmer report webinar Palmer Chancellor and CEO Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., and West Campus President William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., presented the year-two findings of the Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Report: American’s Perceptions of Chiropractic during a webinar hosted by MPA Media.


Five men standing in hallway Most of the speakers at the 2016 California Chiropractic Association (CCA) Sports & Rehab Symposium held in August were graduates or faculty of a Palmer campus, including those pictured here. Palmer College also was an MVP sponsor of the event, attended by more than 150 doctors of chiropractic.

Dr. Meeker and Dr. Schroeder with plaque Commencement Speaker Terry Schroeder, D.C., West ’86, received an Alumni Appreciation Award at the March 2017 West campus graduation. The plaque was presented to Dr. Schroeder for his "exemplary dedication to advancing Palmer College of Chiropractic as an Olympian in sport and alumnus in practice."

Strengthening Chiropractic

Through Research

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is the most highly funded chiropractic research center in the U.S. Within the past 10 years, the PCCR has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and the Department of Defense, in addition to private foundation grants.


Dr. Haldeman and Dr. Goertz in front of World Federation of Chiropractic backdrop The team of scientists conducting the largest randomized, controlled, clinical trial to focus exclusively on chiropractic received the prestigious Scott Haldeman Award for Outstanding Research from the world Federation of Chiropractic at the March 2017 DC2017 conference in Washington, D.C. The study, “Assessment of chiropractic treatment for active-duty, U.S. military personnel with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial (ACT 1),” is complete and being prepared for publication. Co-principal investigator and co-author Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., F.P.A.C., accepted the award on behalf of co-authors Cynthia Long, Ph.D., Robert Vining, D.C., Katherine Pohlman, D.C., M.S., Joan Walter, J.D., P.A., Ian Coulter, Ph.D., and other members of the ACT I team.

PCCR commits $1.9 million to increase interdisciplinary cooperation, quality of chiropractic research

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research announced a commitment of $1.9 million to the Yale Center for Medical Informatics to support a partnership to form an Inter-Institutional Network for Chiropractic Research. The Network is a five-year multidisciplinary effort designed to facilitate chiropractic research across multiple institutions and disciplines.


close-up of microscope lenses Scientists at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) and the University of Kentucky have been awarded a $451,522 grant by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. The grant will fund a three-year research project to learn more about the mechanisms of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), a treatment commonly used by doctors of chiropractic to relieve pain. It will include a student research training component—the first of its kind in chiropractic research—for doctor of chiropractic students on Palmer’s Davenport campus. PCCR Associate Professor Stephen Onifer, Ph.D., is the principal investigator.

FY 2016–2017 Active Grants & Projects

2017 Conference: Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) for CIH Educators
Funded by NCMIC Foundation

Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain, Military Readiness, and Smoking Cessation in Military Active Duty Personnel (ACT I, II, III)
Funded by Rand Corporation pass-through Department of Defense

Chiropractic Integration into Multidisciplinary Healthcare Systems
Funded by NCMIC Foundation

Collaborative Care for Veterans with Spine Pain and Mental Health Conditions (COCOV)
Funded by NIH/NCCIH

Epigenetic regulation of neuronal differentiation by HVLA and LVVA forces
Funded by Australian Spinal Research Foundation

Expanding EBCP and Research across the Palmer College of Chiropractic
Funded by NIH/NCCIH

Kiernan Chiropractic Care in Rehabilitation at Crotched Mountain
Funded by Crotched Mountain pass-through William J. Kiernan, D.C.

Palmer Clinics Registry
Funded by Palmer College of Chiropractic