Forty-six-year-old Alan Clark Breen, D.C., head of the research department at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic was selected by the prize committee as the winner, for his eminent research in many fields, and his current research about quantification of spinal kinematics using digital videofluoroscopy.
In plain language, Dr. Breen's research is aimed at developing an advanced diagnostic test for spinal problems making use of recently developed computer technology. This technology makes it possible to convert motion x-ray images into electric impulses and to reproduce them on the display of a computer. Thus, the quality of the information obtained could be greatly improved in cases of spinal pain and disability. At the same time, the radiation required for a full range of movement could be minimized to as little as one plain film.
This research could revolutionize the diagnostic techniques in clinics where it is often difficult to show, with actual measurements, the results of investigations and treatments of biomechanical disorders of the spine.
Dr. Breen received the prize at the general assembly of the Danish Chiropractors' Association held this year in Odense.
Dr. Breen, who became a D.C. in Toronto, Canada in 1967, has worked for several years at the AECC. He has received a number of research grants and has published many research papers. He is also a member of many professional bodies; among these is the Research Council to the World Federation of Chiropractic.
The Danish Pro-Chiropractic Society is the world's largest body of its kind. The society has nearly 60,000 members in a country of some 5 million inhabitants. The society has worked for chiropractic for 65 years; its efforts to promote chiropractic is one of the reasons behind a Danish government decision to introduce a bill next spring that will help put chiropractors on a par with medical doctors.
The Danish Chiropractors' Association currently has 303 members.
Although Denmark is in area and population a very small country, it is in respect to chiropractic one of the major "powers" in Europe, with the second highest number of chiropractors among all European countries.