View a full list of the esteemed speakers presenting at SpineWeek 2020 in the Chiropractic Stream.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher Colloca is the CEO and Founder of Neuromechanical Innovations, a medical device manufacturer of the Impulse family of chiropractic adjusting instruments. His award winning original research has been presented at numerous international scientific conferences resulting in over fifty scientific journal publications. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Biomechanics, Spine, and European Spine Journal, among others.
Simon is a 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.
Rachelle Buchbinder is an Australian NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. She has been the 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.
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. Chis was on the steering committee for the 2018 Lancet Low Back Pain Series.
Jon Adams is Professor of Public Health and Director of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Jon also currently holds a Australian Research Council Professorial Future Fellowship and is both a Senior Fellow and Senior Mentor on the Oxford International Primary Health Care Research Leadership Program, Department of Primary Care Sciences, University of Oxford.
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.
Jiri Dvorak is a Professor at the University of Zurich, Senior Consultant in Neurology at the Schulthess Spine Center in Zurich and Chief Medical Officer to FIFA. He is a Senior Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Deputy Editor of SPINE. He is widely published with 320 original articles and 48 books in different languages. His current research activities are focused on the prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases, harnessing the popularity of football within a larger project Football for Health.
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 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 are 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.