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Research Committee


Assoc. Professor Sidney RUBINSTEIN DC, PhD (Chair) (Netherlands)  

Dept. Health Sciences, Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. PhD in adverse events following chiropractic care (VU University, 2008). Member Cochrane Back and Neck Review Group. Former Chair, ECU Research Committee. Former Research Director, European Academy of Chiropractic. Research Committee member, Netherlands Chiropractic Association. Independent reviewer, multiple peer-reviewed journals. Netherlands-registered epidemiologist. Author, Cochrane Systematic Reviews (acute and chronic low back pain). Active in clinical chiropractic practice.

Chair Emeritus

Dr Scott HALDEMAN DC, MD, PhD, FRCP (Chair Emeritus) (USA).

Adjunct Professor, School of Epidemiology, University of California (Los Angeles). Clinical Professor, Dept. Neurology University of California (Irvine), Past President, North American Spine Society. International Ambassador for the Decade of the Bone and Joint (presided over Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders). Founder, World Spine Care. On Editorial Board of 8 journals. Over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Author/Editor of 8 text books.

Dr Marc-André BLANCHETTE DC, MSc, PhD (Canada)

Assistant professor at University of Quebec à Trois Rivières (UQTR). Special interest in occupational back pain, musculoskeletal epidemiology, health services research. Doctorate in public health (2017, University of Montreal). Recipient of post-doc CIHR Health System Support Scholarship. Research Collaboration with McGill University, Chiropractic Knowledge Hub (Denmark) and University of Montreal.


A graduate of the University of Bridgeport. Between 2018 and 2020, he completed a postdoctoral advanced fellowship in medical informatics at the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System and the Yale School of Medicine. Since 2020, Dr. Coleman has been an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine and VA Connecticut Healthcare System and in 2021 assumed a further role as a Lecturer in Biostatistics at Yale School of Public Health.

Dr Anne JENSEN BSc, DC, DPhil, MSc, MS (Australia)

Lecturer, Dept. of Chiropractic, Central Queensland University. Doctorate in Philosophy in evidence-based healthcare (University of Oxford, 2015), Masters in evidence-based social interventions (University of Oxford, 2007), Master in psychology (Capella University, 2007). Research interests in kinesiology.

Dr Melissa KIOH BSc (Chiro), MSc(PH), PhD(c) (Malaysia)

Lecturer, International Medical University, Malaysia. PhD candidate, Department of Medicine, University of Malaya. Masters in public health (University of Dublin, 2017). Research interests in falls, postural stability, geriatrics and nutrition.

Dr Imran Khan NIAZI MS, PhD (New Zealand)

Senior Research Fellow, New Zealand College of Chiropractic. PhD biomedical science and engineering (University of Aalborg, 2012), Masters in biomedical engineering (University of Lübeck). Research interests in patient-centered rehabilitation engineering using brain-computer interfaces. Currently investigating neurophysiological effects of chiropractic care on the central and peripheral nervous systems. Currently engaged in 12 international collaborations.

Dr Corrie MYBURGH M-Appl.Sc:Chiropractic, PhD (Denmark)

Associate Professor within the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and a senior researcher at the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub. He qualified as a chiropractor from the Durban University of Technology before going on to complete his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch. He has a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee and teaches at Bachelors, Masters and PhD level.

Dr Keseri PADAYACHY PhD, MChiro (South Africa)

Lecturer and chair of Research Dept., Dept. of Chiropractic, Durban University of Technology. Member, Ethics Review Committee, Durban University of Technology. PhD in Anatomy (University KwaZulu Natal, 2017). Active in clinical chiropractic practice.

Professor Steven PASSMORE DC, MS, PhD (Canada)

Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba PhD in Kinesiology (McMaster University, 2013). CCRF Professorship in Spine Biomechanics and Human Neurophysiology. Assistant Professor, Ontario Tech University. Assistant Professor, New York Chiropractic College. Member, Canadian Pain Task Force, External Advisory Panel. Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative guideline development initiative member. 2020 Canadian Chiropractic Association Researcher of the Year.


Director of Research, Parker University. PhD in Pediatrics (University of Alberta, 2019). Masters in Clinical Research, 2010. Formerly Clinical Research Fellow and Project Manager, Palmer College of Chiropractic. Member, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Research Review Committee. Research interests: chiropractic pediatrics, patient safety. 2020 American Chiropractic Association Researcher of the Year .


Assoc. Professor of Research, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic. Registered Nurse. PhD in Nursing (University of Iowa, 2007). Masters degree in nursing (1999). Research and Development, U.S. Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Board Member, Chiropractic Educators Research Forum.Research interests: geriatrics, chiropractic care, interprofessional care, chronic low back pain, patient safety, qualitative methodology. Independent reviewer, multiple peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Michael SCHNEIDER DC, PhD (USA)

Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh. PhD Rehabilitation Science (University of Pittsburgh, 2008). 2013 American Chiropractic Association, Researcher of the Year. Author, 8 book chapters and books. Member, Institutional Review Board, University of Pittsburgh. Research interests: profiling biomechanical. biological and behavioral phenotypes of chronic low back pain; spinal manipulation and patient self-management in the prevention of chronic low back pain; resolving the burden of low back pain in military service members.

Dr Michael SWAIN PhD, MPhil, MChiroprac, FRCC, FHEA (Australia)

Senior lecturer and the director of higher degree research in the Department of Chiropractic at Macquarie University, Australia. He obtained his Masters in Chiropractic and Master pof Philosophy at Macquarie before being awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Sydney. He is extensively published and is a alumnus of the Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL). He spent 7 years as a director of Chiropractic Australia, leading Australia's leading research event.

Professor Richard Brown, DC, LL.M, FRCC, FBCA, FEAC

Ex-officio member

WFC Secretary-General 

Richard Brown is the Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic. Based in Toronto, Canada, Richard took up his new post on 1 July 2015. The WFC, an NGO in official relations with WHO, has 88 members in 7 world regions and is principally concerned with the support, empowerment, promotion and unity of the chiropractic profession internationally. 

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