Chiropractic Education Research in Canada at University of British Columbia

The television commercial above , which was released in February of 2007, features Dr. Jean-Sébastien Blouin, Canadian chiropractor and Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) professor in Spine Biomechanics and Neurophysiology at the School of Human Kinetics, University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Blouin talks about cutting-edge research on spine and spine-related injuries at UBC. The advert mentions the Canadian chiropractic profession’s support, through the CCRF, for research at UBC.

Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation

The following information is by chiropractor Allan Gotlib. The Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF), formerly the Chiropractic Foundation of Spinal Research, is Canada’s oldest and most established national funding body which has been granting research funds for worthy chiropractic projects since 1976. The CCRF is a registered charitable organization dedicated to facilitating clinical, biomedical, health services, and population health research, relative to the practice of chiropractic.

The CIHR Small Health Organizations Partnership Program (SHOPP) has been tremendously successful in providing extraordinary opportunities to small historically under-represented professions, such as the profession of chiropractic. The partnership between the CCRF and the CIHR has fostered a true research culture and provided a mechanism for new knowledge to be integrated into both, the health research system and the health care system in Canada.

Now, a consortial network of ten university-based chiropractic researchers actually addresses a research agenda, and provides mentorship to the dramatic rise in chiropractors undertaking masters and PhD studies. This new intellectual capacity is a tremendous return on our Partnership investment and will build on our research strengths to the benefit of Canadians.

The CCRF CIHR partnership creates opportunities for chiropractors to actually pursue a fulltime career in research. The rigorous training received in the universities in both graduate and post-graduate studies, provides the basis for the chiropractic profession to firmly withstand the scrutiny of the scientific community. It also provides the evidentiary basis to support the clinical treatment provided by Canada’s 6,000 chiropractors to 4.5 million Canadians annually.

For example, our first Chiropractic Research Chair was Dr. Greg Kawchuk DC, PhD at the University of Calgary and he is now a Canada Research Chair in Spinal Function at the University of Alberta. Dr. Jean-Sébastien Blouin DC, PhD holds a CCRF Professorship in Spine Biomechanics and Neurophysiology at UBC. Dr. Mark Erwin DC, PhD holds the CCRF Scientist in Disc Biology position at the University of Toronto. All have made important discoveries. Dr. Erwin is the first ever to report the nature of the soluble factors produced by notochord cells, specifically including CTGF. This has important discovery implications in the treatment and prevention of degenerative disc disease which is a significant societal burden.

The exemplary quality of work from these researchers and others in the discipline of chiropractic, has been an excellent health investment that will positively impact Canada’s economic burdens of health, injury, illness and disability.

Reading:

  1. Gotlib, A. CCRF Partnership with CIHR under the SHOPP Program J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2008 August; 52(3): 137–138.
  2. BC chiros support UBC public education commercial in Canadian Chiropractor