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CCRF Awards $180,000 in New Research Grants

(TORONTO) The Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) is pleased to announce the award of over $180,000 in grants to four talented Canadian research teams.  

“Rigorous, evidence-based research provides our profession with rich insights to consistently improve patient care and advance important societal goals,” stated CCRF chair, Dr. Chad Kulak. “We’re honoured to play a role in this process by providing meaningful and consistent funding in partnership with our generous supporters.”

“The momentum being generated by these grants is really amazing,” said Dr. Richard McIlmoyle, CCRF Research Committee chair. “We’ve been impressed by both the calibre of the submissions received and their alignment with many of our national research priorities, including emerging areas such as population health.”


Thanks to the generosity of visionary donors, CCRF issues semi-annual requests for proposals for Canadian-led research related to the chiropractic profession, a profession dedicated to treating neck pain, back pain, arthritis, injuries and more in a non-invasive and drug-free manner.


“This most recent announcement brings our total number of funded projects to over 30 in the past three years, representing nearly $1.2 million in grant awards” concluded Dr. Kulak. “Please join us in congratulating these successful project teams and stay tuned for exciting updates and  publication news from skilled CCRF funded researchers.”


Title: Linking physiological responses to clinical outcomes following cervical spine manipulation: a randomized mechanistic cross-over trial
Award: $72,000
Leads: Dr. Lindsay Gorrell/Martin Descarreaux, Balgrist University Hospital, University of Zurich & Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Impact: Spinal manipulation (SM) is an effective treatment for neck pain, but the mechanisms are not well understood. This international collaboration aims to develop a scientific approach to identify patients most likely respond to manual therapy by investigating the relationship between delivery kinetics, physiological responses, patient expectations and clinical outcomes following spinal manipulation.


Title: The development of the Diminishment of Expression of Personal and Inherent Values (DEPrIVe) Scale, a novel patient questionnaire assessing impacts of pain on the expression of personal values
Award: $24,500
Lead: Dr. Matthew Barrigar, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
Impact: Patient values are a critical element of evidence-based medicine (EBM) but few instruments exist in persistent pain management. This project builds on collected data gathered from focus groups of English-speaking patients by investigating values held by non-English speakers. Development of this instrument could lead to significant improvements in charting patient values and incorporating them into care plans for managing persistent pain.


Title: Attitudes toward chiropractic: a survey of Canadian sport and exercise medicine physicians
Award: $7,500
Leads: Dr. Cameron Borody/Dr. Janet D’Arcy, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
Impact: Utilization of chiropractic in Canada remains stable at 12%. Interprofessional collaboration is seen as key to the renewal and growth of the chiropractic profession. This study will investigate current attitudes of Canadian sport and exercise medicine physicians (CSPs) towards chiropractic, through past and ongoing collaborations, for treating the general public, athletes and in high performance environments like professional and National Sport Organizations.


Title: Exploring pain-related disabilities among First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada
Award: $79,500
Lead: Dr. Pierre Côté, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University and the Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Impact: Among Indigenous peoples in Canada, conditions related to pain are the leading causes of disabilities, but too little research exists to understand their burden and impact. Working collaboratively with Indigenous peoples, this project aims to provide essential information to assist chiropractors and healthcare partners in understanding pain-related disabilities within these communities to develop evidence-informed, culturally agile care and interventions that respect Indigenous ways of knowing.

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