The research team has recently been in Athens to present a number of studies that the College has been involved in at the WFC 2015 Congress. We’re pleased to report that one of these studies won the prestigious Scott Haldeman research award for the best paper presented at the congress. Heidi was a co-author of the award winning project which was completed in conjunction with Professor Bernadette Murphy and her team in Canada. The award winning paper was entitled “Neck pain participants show impaired ability to perform a mental rotation task in a four week longitudinal study as compared to healthy controls.” One of the interesting things about this study is that it continues a line of work that began with a project conducted by inaugural NZCC graduate, David Kelly, when he was a student of the College in 1998.
Following the WFC Congress the team worked in Turkey for 2 weeks with Professor Kemal Turker at Koc University. Professor Turker is one of the worlds leading neurophysiologists and has collaborated on a number of College projects over the past 3 years. While in Turkey they have been working on a new study that is investigating whether chiropractic care affects the way the brain processes different kinds of sensory stimulation. They have also been working to finish two more collaborative projects and have been able to submit a number of research papers.
Following their time in Turkey they will be travelling to Aalborg in Denmark to continue their collaborative work with Dr Dina Lelic and Professor Asbjørn Drewes. The main project they will be working on in Denmark will focus on which regions of the brain are influenced the most by chiropractic adjustments. While there they will also be submitting more research papers including the first study to come out of the collaborative work they have been conducting with Dr Lelic and Professor Drewes.
The support that the College research programme has received from the profession through their Supporters Programme has made a big difference to the amount of research they can conduct. They currently have 26 active projects underway and have 20 papers in the publication process on top of the 15 papers they have published over the past 18 months. They are excited about the ground-breaking studies that they are conducting and are rapidly growing the Colleges research reputation around the world.
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