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Palmer Announces New MS Program to Develop Chiropractic Scientists

Historical First Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health

The Division of Graduate Studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic and the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, in collaboration with the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, are partnering to offer the first Federally funded chiropractic Clinical Research Training (CRT) program ever offered to the profession at a chiropractic institution. The goal of the CRT is to train a new generation of highly motivated and talented young chiropractors to become productive clinical investigators, capable of doing important research and competing successfully for grants at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH is the largest sponsor of health care research in the world. Applications for the limited number of training positions are now being accepted. Classes start in November, 2003.

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The two-year 36 credit hour Masters Degree curriculum combines new and existing coursework, mentors, seminars, workshops, and research expertise at Palmer with the institutional resources and expertise of the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. Designed for chiropractors with the motivation, knowledge and desire to pursue an exciting career in chiropractic research, the program will train participants to: 1) select and apply appropriate study design and statistics, 2) conduct clinical research according to professional and legal ethics, 3) lead and manage a productive career in clinical research, 4) acquire and maintain expertise in a research domain, 5) communicate scientific knowledge through verbal presentations, and 6) write well-organized, logical journal publications, research proposals and grant applications. Finally, a research training program that synthesizes chiropractic principles and practice with the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting high-level clinical research is no available to the profession.

The CRT program is made possible by a 5 year, $1.5 million grant from the NIH, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is committed to developing a scientific workforce capable of investigating the burgeoning field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including chiropractic. This award to Palmer College is the first such institutional training grant ever made to a non-medical institution, and it allows Palmer and the chiropractic profession to join a nation-wide Federal effort to enhance the nation’s clinical research capabilities in all health care fields.

Palmer, in collaboration with the University of Iowa, is excellently positioned to deliver the new Clinical Research Training program. Palmer has the largest research effort of any chiropractic college in the world, and has established a track record of securing funding from both Federal and private sources. NCCAM established the Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research (CCCR) as a CAM specialty research center at Palmer in 1997. Palmer has faculty trained in both chiropractic practice and research methodology, and in several key disciplines relevant to chiropractic clinical research, including biostatistics. The new research facility at Palmer, also partially funded by a federal grant, has 25,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space for the research clinic, physiology and biomechanics laboratories, data management, and seminar rooms, as well as conference rooms and faculty offices.


If you are curious about a career in chiropractic research, please examine our website for more details:


or contact Lori Byrd, Program Coordinator at 563-884-5198; email: lori.byrd@palmer.edu.

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