Australian professor named new WFC research committee member
TORONTO—Australian chiropractor, Professor Simon French, has been named as the newest member of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Research Committee.
Dr French’s appointment follows a global search that attracted high quality candidates from around the world.
A 1993 graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Dr French practised as a chiropractor for ten years, gaining a Masters in Public Health along the way, before pursuing a PhD at the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University, Victoria. His work involved developing and testing complex interventions for improving the use of evidence in clinical practice, specifically as it related to low back pain in general practice.
Dr French worked as a Senior Research Fellow with the prestigious Australasian Cochrane Centre as well as at the Primary Care Research Unit at the University of Melbourne.
In 2013, Dr French was named as the recipient of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation Professorship in Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. During his time in Canada, Dr French was also named as a member of the Low Back Pain Quality Standard Advisory Committee for Health Quality Canada.
Dr French returned to Australia in 2018 to commence a position at Macquarie University’s Department of Chiropractic. His appointment at Macquarie represents a very significant step forward for chiropractic in Australia being the very first appointment in an Australian chiropractic university department at full professor level.
As the Research Council’s newest member, Dr French brings an impressive track record of high value research grants, committee representation, and collaborations with world-renowned musculoskeletal researchers.
The WFC Research Committee comprises researchers from many of its world regions. They work in a range of settings, including biomechanics, musculoskeletal pain, knowledge translation, quality, and basic science. Its Chair is Dr Greg Kawchuk, Professor of Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta, Canada.