The Davenport Campus has two laboratories dedicated to the study of biomechanics, a performance laboratory and a treatment laboratory. Each laboratory contains about 500 square feet, and is located directly adjacent to each other inside the PCCR Research Clinic. The laboratories contain a significant amount of high technology. There is a Cox flexion-distraction table instrumented with force plates and motion sensors, which is presently equipped for low back treatment. It can be modified for the measurement of cervical manipulation. In addition, the labs contain a Polhemus Liberty electromagnetic motion measuring instrument for assessing ranges of motion and repositioning errors, Bertec force plates for measuring postural sway, and Motion Monitor Software data acquisition computers for measuring biomechanical loads and displacements.
The PCCR is equipped with a laboratory dedicated to conducting research on human cadaveric spines. This facility contains freezers and coolers for storing and thawing the specimens. It includes an apparatus designed to simulate high velocity, low amplitude spinal manipulations as well as low velocity, variable amplitude spinal manipulations on the spine specimens. The PCCR uses this lab to conduct research that examines how the vertebrae move under simulated spinal manipulations. Also, these experiments are used for validating computer models.
Cell and Molecular Biology Lab (Florida Campus)
Located on the Florida Campus, the Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory is equipped with modern cell and molecular biological equipment such as a liquid nitrogen tank for cell cryostorage, cell culture cabinet and incubators, shakers, water baths, an autoclave machine, a balancer, refrigerator, -20º C freezer and -70º C freezer. It also includes electrophoretic units for DNA, RNA and protein analysis, an ice maker, inverted fluorescence microscope, various speed centrifuges with or without temperature control, a gene pulser system, Polymerase Chain Reaction machine, sransilluminator, spectrophotometer and Shaker incubator.
Laboratory Animal Resource Facility
The Laboratory Animal Resource Facility provides general animal care services related to basic science research projects. It operates under the guidance of the Palmer Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and maintains an animal facility meeting the highest standards of animal care. Licensed and inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Department of Agriculture, the Laboratory Animal Resource Facility assures that the care and use of animals is scientifically, technically and humanely appropriate.
The neurophysiology laboratory at the Davenport Campus has the space and equipment necessary to conduct sophisticated studies of the nervous system and its function. The 500-square-foot laboratory is equipped with a refrigerator, bench-top space, cupboards, water, sink, gas, vacuum, pressurized air and vacuum hoods. The lab also has a surgical microscope, amplifier, audiometer, small animal ventilator, CED data acquisition system, digital oscilloscope, electronic stimulator, blood gas analyzer, force feedback motor and other equipment.
Research Clinic Facility
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research clinic is a 2,700-square-foot facility that includes consultation, exam and treatment rooms, offices, an X-ray suite and a clinical biomechanics laboratory. Patient parking is available next to the clinic entrance.The primary mission of Palmer’s Research Clinic is to conduct high-quality chiropractic clinical research. The experienced staff is committed to making sure participants thoroughly understand all aspects of involvement in a study and our skilled doctors of chiropractic carefully provide high-quality care in a research setting.
Technique Assessment Facility (West Campus)
The Technique Assessment Facility on the West Campus includes a large laboratory space, which houses two specialized adjusting tables, surface EMG equipment and other equipment used in reliability and validity studies. There is also an ancillary area used as a waiting room for research study participants.