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Dynamic Chiropractic – October 7, 2010, Vol. 28, Issue 21

News in Brief

By Editorial Staff

Rio to Host 2011 WFC Congress

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will play host to the World Federation of Chiropractic's 11th Biennial Congress next April.

The congress, to be held April 6-9, 2011 at the Intercontinental Rio Hotel, will feature some of the leading authorities on chiropractic and spine care, including Drs. Scott Haldeman (speaking on nonsurgical management of the cervical spine), Donald Murphy (chiropractic management of cervical radiculopathy), John Downes (cervical adjusting), Mike Leahy (active release), Arlan Fuhr (instrument adjusting), and Michael Schneider (low-tech rehabilitation protocols). Also speaking at the four-day event will be orthopedic surgeon Tarcisio de Barros, MD, PhD, from the University of Sao Paulo, lecturing on clinical indications for surgical management.

The 2011 congress also features a special session on chronic pain, with scheduled lectures by Drs. Schneider (best exercises for the upper and lower extremities), Eduardo Bracher (best exercises for spinal problems), Lindsay Rowe (imaging and red flags), and Linda Carroll (psychosocial aspects and recommendations for practice).

The academic program provides up to 20 hours of continuing education, with CE credits applied for in the U.S., Canada and Europe. For more information, including complete program details, visit

New Peer-Reviewed Journal Focuses on Biopharmaceuticals

A new peer-reviewed journal, Biopharmaceuticals, will launch next year, with a first issue set for early 2011. Landes Bioscience, which made the announcement in August, states that the new journal is "the first peer-reviewed periodical solely concerned with biopharmaceuticals, the most complex of all commercial products."

According to Ronald Rader, editor in chief, "Biopharmaceuticals is designed to serve the information needs of those involved with biopharmaceutical research, development, regulation, technology transfer and marketing. Articles will go beyond reporting laboratory findings and include discussions of the relevance of new scientific findings, technologies, regulations, patents, products and marketing trends. This includes reviews, reports, commentaries and case studies in diverse areas, including the nature and characterization of biopharmaceuticals, agent discovery and design, issues in product development, financing, clinical testing, regulatory approvals, patents and licensing, manufacturing, technology and market assessments and projections, scientific controversies and politics."

Articles are now being accepted for review and publication, with no page or other publication charges in 2011. Individual online subscriptions will also be free throughout 2011. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the editorial board and host topical sections. To learn more, visit nals/biopharma or e-mail .

NUHS Helping New Mexico With Prescribing Privileges

National University of Health Sciences has been working with the chiropractic profession in New Mexico, which now has legislation allowing for limited prescribing rights. The NUHS doctor of chiropractic program includes 90 hours in pharmacology.

When contacted by state associations regarding what additional training would be required of DCs wishing to exercise their right to prescribe a limited formulary, top NUHS faculty in pharmacology and chiropractic medicine examined and compared curricula from allopathic medical schools and medical specialty schools representing osteopathy, podiatry, dentistry, psychology and nursing (nurse practitioners) - each of which also has authority to prescribe medications from a limited formulary.

The New Mexico Chiropractic Association has asked NUHS to offer postgraduate coursework in Albuquerque, specifically the 90-hour program in pharmacology. Teaching the program in New Mexico is NUHS Assistant Dean, Dr. Daniel Richardson. Dr. Richardson has a doctorate in pharmacology and pharmocognosy from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine. DCs taking the program will also receive training in injectable nutrients and drugs from Dr. Michael Taylor, a chiropractic physician who also holds a diplomate from the American Board of Chiropractic Internists.

During the review process, NUHS also launched its Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Practice program, which includes the 90-hour pharmacology coursework. The university is now considering offering its MSACP in New Mexico, and evaluating how to deliver similar programs in other states.

Commented Dr. James Winterstein, NUHS president: "Chiropractic physicians are already licensed as primary care doctors in most states. As health care policy-makers wrestle with the scarcity of general practice physicians, expanding the scope of chiropractic care to qualified chiropractic physicians makes good economic and strategic sense. New Mexico's citizens will undoubtedly benefit from broadening health care delivery by chiropractic physicians, and we anticipate that more states will see the wisdom in this as well."

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