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Canadian Chiropractic Research Tops $1,000,000 with New Grant Awards

Canadian Chiropractic Research Tops $1,000,000 with New Grant Awards

TORONTO – The Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) is pleased to announce five new grant awards for Early Career Researchers (ECR). In addition to supporting talented young professionals, these investments bring total CCRF’s project funding for chiropractic research to over $1,000,000 CAD.


“This is a tremendous milestone for CCRF, musculoskeletal (MSK) research and really, our entire profession,” says Dr. Chad Kulak, CCRF chair. “MSK pain and disability intersects with Canada’s most critical healthcare priorities including decreased opioid use, improved healthcare accessibility, better return-to-work protocols and reduced ER/diagnostic wait times. CCRF fills a critical gap by providing dedicated nation-wide funding for both experienced and emerging researchers.”


Dr. Richard McIlmoyle, CCRF Research Committee chair adds “By dedicating our latest grant cycle to ECRs we’re supporting the future of research by providing a reliable source of funding for the incredible people dedicated to this crucial work.”


Thanks to our visionary donors, CCRF is pleased to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) twice a year. The next grant cycle will be announced on April 4th, 2022.


“Our mission is to invest in research to improve health outcomes for Canadians,” states Dr. Kulak. “Please join us as we celebrate the advancement of this mission by congratulating these successful project teams.”


Title: Using ICF linking rules to catalogue characteristics of older adults with low back pain related disability

Award: $12,000

Lead: Dr. Aleisha Adeboyejo, University of Ontario Institute of Technology/Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Impact: This is the first study to link epidemiological and qualitative research of older adults with low back pain to the WHO’s ICF framework, which measures health and disability. This will assist chiropractors in the evaluation and management of their patients, improve comparison of global data across health disciplines and communication between health care workers, researchers, and other stakeholders.


Title: Systemic inflammatory biomarkers and brain functional connectivity: Identifying a neuroinflammatory signature in patients with idiopathic chronic neck pain

Award: $25,000

Leads: Dr. Felipe Duarte, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Impact: This study expands Dr. Duarte’s previously approved Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) project by adding a control group and blood inflammatory biomarker analysis which will evaluate the relationship between peripheral inflammatory biomarkers, brain functional connectivity, and clinical outcomes across all groups.


Title: Measurement of spinal mobilization biomechanical parameters in the preschool pediatric population 

Award: $13,000

Leads: Dr. Isabelle Pagé & Dr. Chantal Doucet, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Impact: This ground-breaking study will measure the biomechanics of Spinal manipulation (SM) and mobilization (MOB) in children under 5 years of age using a pressure sensing glove system known as TekscanTM. The goal is to improve safety, explore the underlying mechanisms of MSK disorders and provide important clinical data to improve training of chiropractic students.


Title: Developing the first evidence-based operationalization of pain-related suffering: A foundational step to targeting the reduction of suffering among people living with pain

Award: $25,000

Lead: Dr. Peter Stilwell, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy – The Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning/McGill University

Impact: Building on previous work, Dr. Stilwell seeks to fill an important gap by determining the first evidence-based definition of pain-related suffering. His multi-disciplinary team will combine qualitative, quantitative and knowledge transfer methodologies to help clinicians better understand how patients are affected by this experience.


Title: Practitioners’ Beliefs, Experiences, and Perceptions of Cultural Health Disparities in the Delivery of Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Services in Canada: A Qualitative Study

Award: $10,500

Leads: Dr. Nora Bakaa & Luciana Macedo, McMaster University

Impact: Equitable delivery of rehabilitation services and improved access to care will improve health outcomes for all Canadians. This project will examine the unique challenges faced by Canadian chiropractors and physiotherapists with respect to care delivery. Using data from a large-scale cross sectional survey that assessed diversity and cultural competency important and current social disparities within the Canadian health care system will be identified.

Funding for CCRF research is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, provincial chiropractic associations, private and public sector partners as well as individual donors from across the country.


Learn more about CCRF, our Million Dollar March Celebration, Partnerships, upcoming RFPs and the exciting research we’re investing in here:

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