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Palmer Researcher Awarded One of Only Two Grants from Australian Spinal Research Foundation

Liang Zhang, Ph.D., a faculty member of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research working at Palmer's Florida campus, has received a research grant from the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, Springwood, Queensland. The grant is one of just two awarded by the Foundation during its 2014 round.

Liang Zhang, Ph.D.“This study will test a novel hypothesis on understanding the long-term benefits of spinal manipulation,” Dr. Zhang explained. “It examines the cell's response to variations in mechanical force, such as the force used by doctors of chiropractic in spinal manipulation. Cell cultures, consisting of millions of a single cell type, will be treated with mechanical forces of varying strength and speed, to compare how the cells respond.”

Although conducted at the cellular level, this study will provide valuable information for chiropractic science, potentially providing a basis for future clinical research projects.  Read the full Palmer News story, or go to our Grants & Projects section for more information about this and other current studies.

Does Chiropractic Care Increase the Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke?

In the most definitive study on this topic, authors looked at 818 people in a claims database to determine whether neck extension and rotation during chiropractic care increases the risk of VBA dissection and stroke. The authors found no evidence of excess risk of VBA stroke associated with chiropractic care compared to primary care.

For more information on the topic, read our VBAstroke factsheet, or watch this video by Palmer Vice Chancellor for Research & Health Policy Christine Goertz, D.C. Ph.D.

Putting Neck Pain treatment Risks into Perspective

*It is important to note that the populations may not be the same.


Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Research and Health Policy

Cynthia Long, Ph.D., Director of Research, Davenport campus


Robert Cooperstein, M.A., D.C., Director of Research


Liang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Research