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Dynamic Chiropractic – August 12, 2009, Vol. 27, Issue 17

News in Brief

By Editorial Staff

CMCC Awarded Major Grant

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) recently received more than $350,000 courtesy of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2 billion federal stimulus measure designed to support infrastructure improvements at postsecondary institutions throughout Canada.

CMCC is one of only six private postsecondary institutions in the province of Ontario to receive funding through the program.

The college will use the funds for several purposes, including research and facility improvements. On the research end, the college will initiate a study to evaluate how manual therapy communicates with body tissues to achieve a therapeutic effect; in terms of infrastructure enhancements, the college plans on expanding its simulation laboratory and making its building more eco-friendly.

CMCC is investing more than $1 million on infrastructure projects, using the Knowledge Infrastructure Program grant and funds from the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors. According to Dr. Jean Moss, president of CMCC, the result will be, among other things, "a laboratory that will be unique among educational institutions worldwide."

"We are delighted that the Government of Canada has recognized CMCC and its role in advancing the federal science, health care and economic agenda with this investment in the education of Canada's chiropractors," commented Dr. Moss. "The KIP grant will allow us to expand our simulation laboratory and enhance the diagnostic skills and competencies of our students in preparation for their entrance into the main stream of Canadian health care. The laboratory will be equipped with the latest technology that advances current faculty NIH/CIHR funded research assessing and scientifically measuring manual therapies."


ICA Pediatrics Council Offering Diplomate Program This Fall

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics has announced that beginning this fall, the council's diplomate program in clinical chiropractic pediatrics (the DICCP designation) will be offered at three locations: Chicago (starting Oct. 3), Levittown, Long Island (starting Oct. 24) and Seneca Falls, N.Y. (starting Nov. 14). The New York locations correspond with the postgraduate center and main campus, respectively, of New York Chiropractic College,which is co-sponsoring the diplomate program along with Palmer College of Chiropractic.

"This is a quality program designed for the doctor of chiropractic who is serious about postgraduate education," said Dr. Peter Fysh, a senior mentor for the council. "Our goal is to ensure that doctors who get the DICCP credential have the knowledge, competency and skills to care for any child or pregnant woman that comes into their office with the expertise expected of a practitioner board certified in pediatrics."

The three-year program comprises 30 modules and 360 classroom hours, including a weekend rotation at the Kentuckiana Children's Center in Louisville, Ky. The program, which the ICA says features a structured, well-defined course syllabus for all three years, is endorsed by both the ICA and ACA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics.


Carrick Institute: Donation From a Surprising Source

When Country Music Television (CMT) names its music award winners, it also donates to the charity, hospital, research institution or fund of each winning artist's choice. This year, the Zack Brown Band, winner of the Breakthrough Video of the Year Award, chose to donate to the F.R. Carrick Research Institute.

As many readers know, the Carrick Institute conducts clinical research on functional brain disconnection disorders such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and emphasizes nondrug, nonsurgical options for treating children afflicted with these conditions. To learn more about functional neurology and its application, read "Functional Neurology and Elite Athletes" by Dr. Julie Bjornson (May 6 DC) and "Understanding Functional Disconnection Syndrome" by Dr. Edgar Romero (July 15 DC).


Chiropractic Research to Be Featured at APHA Conference

The Chiropractic Health Care section (CHC) of the American Public Health Association will be holding multiple scientific sessions during the APHA's 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition, scheduled for Philadelphia Nov. 7-11. According to Dr. Claire Johnson, CHC communications chair, the scientific sessions will highlight "original empirical work; noteworthy advances in methodology and analysis; innovative integrative scholarship and scientific work; programmatic reports of significant research infrastructure development; programmatic reports of health professions curricular development and educational research; substantive policy analyses; and informative reports on program and project management."

Major topics to be discussed include chiropractic education and public health; current research in chiropractic; developing integrative approaches to patient care; models of wellness care in practice; and adverse event reporting.

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