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Advancing chiropractic through philanthropy, service and leadership

Fall 2018

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Palmer receives NIH funding for chiropractors to receive in-depth research experiences – a first at a chiropractic college

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This funding is the first of its kind at a chiropractic college, and Palmer is honored to have the opportunity to lead the profession in this area. Opportunities like this have the potential to grow the number of chiropractic researchers to continue important patient-centered work.

"We’re committed to developing the next generation of chiropractic researchers and this funding is an important step toward that goal," said Cynthia R. Long, Ph.D., co-principal investigator, and director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR).

The chiropractors will be mentored by investigators at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research and the Yale Center for Medical Informatics. In these roles, they’ll actively participate in the planning phase of a large, pragmatic clinical trial studying optimal patterns of chiropractic use. Participants in this trial will be veterans in four VA clinics across the U.S. with chronic low-back pain.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to continue working with this incredible research team," said Zacariah Shannon, D.C., M.S., post-doctoral research scholar and 2017 Davenport campus graduate. "I look forward to immersing myself further in studying this important population while beginning coursework in a Ph.D. in Epidemiology program. Within this project, we'll develop tools to help chiropractors in daily practice assist their patients and so much more."

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