The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is dedicated to advancing health care for patients by developing knowledge and translating knowledge that improves the practice of chiropractic.
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research impacts health care practice and policy through our universally recognized, robust and sustainable collaborative research, attracting accomplished scientists, high-level staff and dedicated trainees.
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, headquartered on Palmer College of Chiropractic’s campus in Davenport, Iowa, 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. Since 2000, these grants have totaled more than $35 million.
Since its inception in 1995, PCCR has achieved several historical firsts:
- First chiropractic institution to receive a grant directly from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a formal research center
- First chiropractic institution to receive a total of four multi-million dollar developmental center awards from NIH
- First chiropractic institution to conduct simultaneous research projects funded by three different government funding agencies - the NIH, Health Resources and Services Administration and DoD
- First chiropractic institution to receive a research curriculum grant for providing master of science degree training of chiropractors in high-level clinical research
Current high priority areas of study:
- Integrating health care for musculoskeletal pain and mental health disorders for veterans
- Evaluating chiropractic care practiced in integrated clinic settings
- Growing emphasis on multi-disciplinary health services research and health policy initiatives