Palmer College Research Team Earns Prestigious International Award for Large-Scale Military Research Study

A team of Palmer researchers and collaborators were awarded the Scott Haldeman Award for Outstanding Research by the World Federation of Chiropractic at the DC2017 conference in March. The "Assessment of chiropractic treatment for active-duty, U.S. military personnel with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial (ACT I)" project was selected from all abstracts accepted for platform presentation that hadn’t been previously published. The presentations were judged on the content of the abstract and its platform presentation. Read the full Palmer News story to learn more about the ACT I project and the Scott Haldeman Award for Outstanding Research.

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 VBA stroke 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