Chiropractic Australia

Professor Jan Hartvigsen

Jan Hartvigsen is Professor and Research Leader at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the Faculty of Health, University of Southern Denmark. Jan is also Head of the Graduate Program for Physical Activity and Musculoskeletal Health that currently has 63 PhD students and Senior Researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics.



Professor Greg Kawchuk

Greg Kawchuk is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, Canada and is presently the Chair of the Research Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic. Professor Kawchuk is a former Canada Research Chair in Spinal Function.




Professor Rachelle Buchbinder

Rachelle Buchbinder is an Australian NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. She has been Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology since its inception in 2001 and a Professor in the Monash University Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine since 2007. She is a rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist who combines clinical practice with research in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.


Professor Simon French

Simon is Professor of Musculoskeletal Disorders, Deputy Head of Department, and Director of Research at the Department of Chiropractic, Macquarie University. He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, and is Chair and co-founder of Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation. He is also a member of the Research Committee for the World Federation of Chiropractic.



Professor Chris Maher

Chris Maher is a physiotherapist, recognised internationally for his research in the low back pain field. He is Professor in Sydney School of Public Health and founding Director of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health. He is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Chris was on the steering committee for the 2018 Lancet Low Back Pain Series.



Professor Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider is a chiropractor, clinical researcher and Associate Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He also developed the Primary Spine Practitioner certificate program at the University of Pittsburgh, which provides training to both chiropractors and physiotherapists who want to specialise in the clinical management of spine related disorders.



Emeritus Professor Nik Bogduk

Nikolai Bogduk commenced research into spinal pain in the 1970s, while still an undergraduate at the University of Sydney. He held academic posts in Anatomy at the University of Queensland and then the University of Newcastle, while also contributing to patient care and research in Pain Clinics in Brisbane and then Newcastle. Nikolai became Professor of Pain Medicine at the University of Newcastle and Senior Staff Specialist in Pain Medicine at the Royal Newcastle Hospital.



Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira

Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira is Principal Research Fellow and NHMRC Fellow at the Institute of Bone and Joint Research/Kolling Institute and Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School/The University of Sydney. She leads the clinical back pain research theme at The Kolling Institute, where she oversees a research team on the mechanisms, prognosis and management of back pain. She has attracted more than $10.5 million in research funding and leads the first placebo randomised controlled trial of spinal surgery.


The CARL Fellows

The Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) program identifies, nurtures, and supports emerging young researchers whose research is relevant to chiropractic. The program’s ultimate goal is to create a sustainable research culture and ultimately a greater academic mass in the chiropractic profession by increasing research output and leadership opportunities within this group.

The CARL Fellows, early career researchers engaged in PhD programs or within a few years after acquiring their PhD, represent diverse areas of interests all of high relevance for the chiropractic profession.

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