Palmer College of Chiropractic kicks off its first large-scale campaign to support chiropractic research on Thursday, Aug. 13. The kick-off marks the 20th anniversary of the College’s Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR).
“Our goal is to encourage 20,000 chiropractors to give $20 per year in support of chiropractic research at Palmer,” said Palmer College of Chiropractic Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D. “The College hopes to raise approximately $400,000 annually to support pilot studies and train future chiropractic researchers.
“When I graduated from chiropractic college 25 years ago, people would often ask ‘How does chiropractic work?’” Dr. Goertz added. “Ten years later, they were more commonly asking ‘How well does it work?’ and ‘How much does it cost?’ Now the question I hear most often is ‘How do we find a good chiropractor?’ Research is providing evidence that chiropractic is safe, effective and relatively low-cost, which is exactly the kind of care that patients want, and deserve, to receive.”
Twenty years ago there was virtually no federal funding available for chiropractic research. The PCCR was established to build infrastructure capable of developing and translating evidence that improves the practice of chiropractic. Since 2000, the PCCR has received more than $35 million from federal sources such as the National Institutes of Health; the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration; and the Department of Defense.
“Chiropractic research informs the education of our students and care of our patients,” said Palmer Chancellor Dennis M. Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D. “It opens policy doors and strengthens our profession. Innovative research and collaboration is essential to the future of chiropractic. We celebrate Palmer’s significant contribution to chiropractic research and are committed to an even greater impact in the future.”
Today, the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is the largest and most highly funded chiropractic research center in the world. The PCCR employs more than 40 research professionals on all three of Palmer’s campuses in Davenport, Iowa, Port Orange, Fla., and San Jose, Calif., and collaborates with physicians, chiropractors, and scientists from all over the nation.