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Labs and Facilities

Basic Science Research Facility


The Laboratory Animal Resources team provides high quality animal housing and veterinary services 365 days a year for all basic science research projects. They operate under the direction of the Palmer Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Housing environmental conditions are maintained as specified in the National Research Council's Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the United States Animal Welfare Act. The site is licensed and inspected by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Laboratory Animal Resources also advises researchers, staff and students on animal experimental issues while promoting best practices for responsible use of animals.


The neuroscience, cellular and molecular biology teams have multiple laboratories with space and equipment necessary to conduct an array of sophisticated basic science research studies using spinal manipulative therapy. They are able to perform aseptic surgeries, behavior testing, and histology including image capture and analysis. A novel experimental spinal manipulative therapy device capable of delivering low velocity variable amplitude spinal manipulation is available. In addition, the team members are engaged in research involving immunology, serology and molecular biology.

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.

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