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Chiropractor Wins International Spinal Research Fellowship


July 5, 2011
By Maria DiDanieli

June 30, Gothenburg,
Sweden – The International Society for the Study of the
Lumbar Spine
(ISSLS) announced
its Fellowship award winners for 2011 at its 38th annual meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden,
June 14-18, 2011. Among them was Arizona-based chiropractor and biomechanist,
Dr. Chris Colloca who was awarded the 2011
MacNab LaRocca Fellowship.

The $10,000 prize is awarded by the
Society each year to promote and extend research activities into the cause and
cure of low back pain.  More
specifically, the Fellowship is awarded to applicants who have completed formal
training in a medical or allied specialty and are involved in an investigation
that will involve travel to a location other than their own.  Applicants should be sponsored by, or be a
member of, the ISSLS.

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The Fellowship will provide support
for Dr. Colloca to travel later this year to Adelaide, Australia
to collaborate with Robert J. Moore, PhD to study intervertebral disc
regeneration at the Adelaide Centre for
Spinal Research
in cooperation with the Institute
for Medical and Veterinary Science
, a division of the governmental
authority South Australia Pathology. 

Dr. Colloca has published a number
of scientific papers together with the orthopaedic team from Adelaide, studying dynamic spinal stiffness
assessments and biomechanical and neurophysiological responses to spinal
manipulation.  Dr. Colloca gained
membership to ISSLS in 2004, and is one of only a handful of chiropractors who
are members of the prestigious society. 
Dr. Colloca has attended the ISSLS annual meeting to present his
research nearly every year since 1996. Former ISSLS MacNab LaRocca Fellowship
winners include spinal research notables such as Malcolm Pope, James Weinstein,
Bjorn Rydevik, Manohar Panjabi, Tapio Vedeman, and Greg Kawchuk.  Dr. Colloca will present a report of his
research during the ISSLS meeting in Amsterdam,
The Netherlands in association with Spineweek May 28-June 1, 2012.  Colloca will also serve as the Society’s
local host for its 40th Annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona
in 2013.

A distinguished scientist, Dr.
Colloca has multi-disciplinary research collaborations around the world, his award winning original research has been presented at
numerous international scientific conferences resulting in over fifty
scientific journal publications.
He currently serves as a reviewer for a
number scientific journals including the Journal
of Biomechanics
, Clinical
Biomechanics
, Spine, and European Spine Journal, and Journal of Manipulative and Physiological
Therapeutics
, among others. Dr. Colloca has given hundreds of lectures to
thousands of chiropractors and medical physicians on six continents.