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Prestigious NIC grant awarded to CMCC

Maria DiDanieli   


Sept. 6, Toronto, Ont. — The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a major R01 research grant to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in support of its study of spinal manipulative therapy.

This is
the largest grant CMCC has received from NIH, with over $933,665.00 invested in
chiropractic clinical research. It is the third grant in the past five years
that CMCC has received. The two previous grants were being funded in
partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


research, led by CMCC faculty members Dr. Howard Vernon, Dr. John J. Triano and
Dr. Tony Tibbles, aims to establish a manipulation control that will provide a
baseline against which treatment outcomes may be measured.

approach was very valuable, because it has never been done before,” says Dr.
Howard Vernon, noting that the results of this grant will help to improve the
rigour of future studies by better defining and controlling variables.

methods of randomized clinical trials (RCTs), to date, have not been able to
differentiate the specific effects of the active treatment component of spinal
manipulation from the non-specific effects such as doctor-patient
interactions,” says CMCC dean of research and graduate education, Dr. John J.

combining modern laboratory instrumentation in the form of force sensing table
technology with clinical research methods and treatment procedures, the
investigators at CMCC have engineered a way to fill this gap.”

“We are thankful for the support of NIH,
which reaffirms CMCC’s international reputation for leadership in spinal
research,” says CMCC president Dr. Jean Moss. “By enhancing understanding of
the specific effects of active treatment, this research has the potential to
demonstrate the benefits of chiropractic care for a variety of conditions and,
ultimately, to inform the care we provide to our patients.”

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information on CMCC research and graduate education programs, please visit

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