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World Federation of Chiropractic announces expanded committee as part of drive to strengthen global advocacy for evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative chiropractic care.

Toronto, February 1, 2021. The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has expanded its Research Committee as part of its mission to advance awareness, utilization and integration of chiropractic internationally.

The WFC Research Committee, under the leadership of its chair, Professor Christine Goertz, exists to advise the Board on matters of science and research and provide expertise in peer review and abstract selection at the WFC Biennial Congresses, the world's largest chiropractic scientific meetings.

Following a call for applications to the Research Committee, issued in October 2020, the WFC Board convened a sub-committee to rigorously evaluate and recommend candidates, which were then ratified by the Board in January.

Speaking after the appointments were confirmed, Professor Goertz commented, "I am very excited to see the outstanding group of scientists appointed to the WFC Research Committee. I look forward to working with this diverse and talented team to aid the WFC in its efforts to stay current on the latest research and communicate the value of evidence-based chiropractic care to clinicians and patients across the globe."

In 2018, the WFC launched its #BeEPIC campaign, which urges chiropractors and chiropractic organizations to promote and utilize evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative approaches to chiropractic practice.

The new Research Committee reflects the WFC's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. The newly-populated committee is widely representative of geographic regions, culture and ethnicity, research background and specialty interests.

WFC President Carlos Ayres remarked, "A commitment to science and research is the hallmark of any respected health profession. As we work to advance the profession globally, input from our scientific community is critical in informing our strategy. We welcome the new members of the Research Committee and thank Professor Goertz for her leadership as Chair."

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GOERTZ Christine


Professor Christine GOERTZ DC, PhD (Chair) (USA). Professor of Musculoskeletal Research, Duke Clinical Research Institute. Director of System Development and Coordination for Spine Health, Dept. Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University. Chairperson, Board of Governors, PCORI (Person Centered Outcomes Research Institute, U.S.). CEO Spine Institute for Quality. Former Vice Chancellor of Research and Health Policy, Palmer College of Chiropractic Primary research interest in patient-centered, non-pharmacological treatment for spine-related disorders. 


  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.

HAAS Mitch

  Dr Mitch HAAS DC, BS, MA (USA). Associate Vice President Research at University of Western States. and Adjunct Associate Professor in Neurology Dept., School of Medicine at University of Oregon. Has been principal investigator on several federally-funded rnadomized trials, evaluating chiropractic care for low back pain and headaches. Over 100 publications in peer review journals, 7 book chapters. Serves on editorial board of multiple health-related journals. 2010 ACA Researcher of the Year.



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.

KIOH Melissa


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 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.



Dr Katie POHLMAN DC, MS, PhD (USA). 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 Sidney RUBINSTEIN DC PhD (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.



Dr Stacie SALSBURY RN, MSN, PhD (USA). 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.

The WFC Research Committee Terms of Reference can be viewed at http://bit.ly/WFC_RC_ToRs



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WoC website coverToronto,January 27, 2021.The World Federation of Chiropractic is pleased to announce the launch of World of Chiropractic, a brand new series of video interviews and podcasts with chiropractic leaders from around the globe.

Hosted by chiropractor Dr Rebekah Wilks, the series explores chiropractic around the world through the lens of its leaders and prominent members of the profession.

R WilksThe WFC's members are the national associations of chiropractors in 94 countries in 7 world regions. World of Chiropractic visits each of these regions and reveals how chiropractic is viewed and practiced in different cultures and jurisdictions.

Available as a video series via YouTube or as a podcast, World of Chiropractic episodes typically last 25-35 minutes. With a background in media and entertainment, Dr Wilks engages each interviewee in conversation, covering aspects of their own chiropractic journey as well as insights on contemporary issues facing the profession.

Episode 1 features Associate Professor Matthew Fisher, CEO of the Australian Chiropractors Association. The video can be viewed at http://bit.ly/WoC_1, while access to the podcast is at http://bit.ly/WoC_1_podcast.


Carlos Ayres Elected President of WFC. January 18, 2021

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January 18, 2021


Ayres 1Toronto, January 18, 2021: The Board of Directors announces the appointment of Dr Carlos Ayres DC, of Lima, Peru, as President of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC).

Dr Ayres is the first Latin American representative to hold the office of WFC President in its 33-year history.

Dr Ayres has served on the Board of the WFC since 2011. He represents the Latin American region and has previously held the Executive offices of Secretary-Treasurer, Second Vice-President and First Vice-President.

Having initially embarked on pre-med programs in Peru and the U.S., Dr Ayres subsequently learned about chiropractic and changed his major, graduating from New York Chiropractic College in 1981.

He explains, “I have never regretted changing my career direction, and feel that I am in the best profession. I always wanted to help people by being part of a health profession. As a chiropractor, I derive great satisfaction from seeing people get better without the use of drugs and surgery.”

Dr Ayres’ early career was spent practicing in the United States, where he established and maintained a clinic in Long Island, New York, specializing in the treatment of Workers’ Compensation and No-Fault road traffic injuries. He subsequently became an Independent Medical Examiner and an expert witness for a number of insurance companies.

In 2002, Dr Ayres moved back to his native country of Peru. With his main office located in the capital city of Lima, he developed a number of offices in the northern and southern parts of Peru. This expanded the influence of chiropractic throughout the country as well as providing opportunities for early career chiropractors to work in Latin America whilst developing their skills and knowledge under the careful guidance of an experienced mentor.

Dr Ayres has been heavily involved in chiropractic leadership in the Latin American region, having been elected treasurer and then president of the Peruvian Chiropractic Association in 2006. In 2007, a meeting in Panama resulted in a reactivation of the Latin American Chiropractic Federation (FLAQ) and Dr Ayres served two periods as FLAQ President between 2007 and 2012.

Dr Ayres is very clear on his main priorities as he steps into the role of WFC President. “Covid-19 has presented enormous challenges and difficulties in every country where chiropractors serve patients and the public. The profession has responded magnificently but as we pass grim global milestones in terms of deaths and confirmed infections, it is clear that we need to remain vigilant and resilient in the face of adversity. Working with my colleagues, my aim is for the WFC to provide strong and stable leadership in support of the profession worldwide.”

Paying tribute to Immediate Past President Dr Vivian Kil, Dr Ayres commented, “Dr Kil has served as WFC President during a time of great global uncertainty and her leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic has been admirable. At a time of challenge, Dr Kil has worked diligently as a global ambassador and has improved recognition for chiropractic in a changing health system. I am grateful to have served alongside her on the Board and have benefited greatly from her wise leadership.”

Ayres 2He continued, “It is an honor and privilege to represent the Latin American region, now in the office of WFC President. I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, including the development of legislation, ensuring consistency of education and accreditation and continued promotion of the WFC’s 20 Principles. We’ve been delighted to see our national association members supporting our #BeEPIC campaign advocating evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative chiropractic and we look forward to continuing this successful campaign.”


About the WFC

The World Federation of Chiropractic is a global, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that serves as the international voice of the chiropractic profession. Its voting members are national associations of chiropractors representing 94 countries in 7 world regions. It is a non-state actor in official relations with the World Health Organization whose mission is to advance awareness, utilization and integration of chiropractic internationally.



Resignation of Vivian Kil as WFC President. Jan 4, 2021

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January 4, 2021


Toronto, January 4, 2021: The Board of Directors announces that Dr Vivian Kil, of the Netherlands, has stepped down from the office of President of the World Federation of Chiropractic. In a letter to the Board, she cited a need to focus on her full-time clinical responsibilities as the owner of a busy multidisciplinary practice in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Kil has served as WFC President since May 2019.

Dr Kil commented, “I don’t think anyone could have foreseen how challenging or how protracted the pandemic would be, and my decision to step down came after carefully evaluating my personal and professional circumstances. I am confident that the decision is right for me and the WFC at this time and look forward to supporting my successor through the transition as well as continuing to represent the European region as a director on the Board.”

The Board wishes to thank Dr Kil for her outstanding service in executive leadership within the WFC over the past 20 months. Secretary-General Richard Brown commented, “The WFC is indebted to Dr Kil for providing strong and dignified leadership during a time when the organization has faced unprecedented challenges. We look forward to her continued presence and wise counsel on the WFC Board.”

The Board anticipates holding elections and naming a new President in January. In the meantime, Vice-President Michele Maiers, of the United States, will be assuming responsibility as Interim President and Board Chair.


About the WFC

The World Federation of Chiropractic is a global, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that serves as the international voice of the chiropractic profession. Its voting members are national associations of chiropractors representing 94 countries in 7 world regions. It is a non-state actor in official relations with the World Health Organization whose mission is to advance awareness, utilization and integration of chiropractic internationally.




WFC Research Committee - Call for Applications. October 30, 2020


October 30, 2020

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TORONTO – The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is committed to supporting research that investigates the methods, mechanisms and outcomes of chiropractic care for the benefit of patients, and the translation of research outcomes into clinical practice.

We are currently seeking applications for membership of our Research Committee.

About the WFC

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental corporation that represents the chiropractic profession worldwide. Its members are national associations of chiropractors in over 90 countries across 7 world regions. The WFC is a non-state actor in official relations with the World Health Organization and holds memberships of the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance and the Global Rehabilitation Alliance. The mission of the WFC is to advance awareness, utilization and integration of chiropractic internationally.

As part of its strategy, the WFC promotes evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative chiropractic practice. Its principles include firm commitments to support science and research, innovation and knowledge transfer.

The WFC maintains a Research Committee (RC) which has three principal roles:

• To advise the WFC Board and WFC members in matters of science and research;
• To support the WFC in its dissemination of authoritative, science-based information for the benefit of end users; and
• To act as peer reviewers and advisers for the scientific track of the WFC biennial congress.

The Chair of the Research Committee is Professor Christine Goertz DC, PhD. Dr Scott Haldeman DC, MD PhD serves as Emeritus Chair.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference of the Research Committee can be found at www.wfc.org/research_committee.

Call for applications

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The WFC is currently inviting applications for membership of the RC. Expressions of interest are sought from distinguished researchers, early career researchers and clinician researchers to populate the committee. Applicants need not be chiropractors but are expected to have a broad understanding of chiropractic.

The following general competencies are sought: 

Knowledge of chiropractic research, preferably through active participation.
Commitment to the vision and mission of the WFC, the needs of its Board and of the wider profession.
Prepared to act in accordance with the principles and values of the WFC.
Willingness to work with others to achieve results.
Evidence of a consistent delivery of high-quality work.
Commitment to exploring opportunities to improve approaches and results.
Commitment to, and understanding of, people-centered care.

Distinguished researchers 

PhD or equivalent preferred
Scientist of international, high professional standing
Strong track record of mentorship and contribution to research relevant to chiropractic  

Early career researchers 

PhD or PhD candidate
Track record of publications with evidence of collaboration
Ongoing program of work relevant to chiropractic  

Clinician researchers 

Affiliated with university-level research department
Track record in practice-based research activity
Remains in clinical practice  

The WFC operates an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policy and a Conflict of Interest policy, both of which apply to all appointments to WFC offices.

All applications should include a covering letter of application and curriculum vitae. The deadline for applications is November 20, 2020

All applications should be sent to the WFC Secretary-General, Dr Richard Brown, at Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla .



New Interim WFC Research Committee Chair Announced. September 11, 2020

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Toronto, September 11, 2020. Professor Christine Goertz DC, PhD has been named as Interim Chair of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Research Committee.

Professor Goertz, a 1991 graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University, serves as Professor and Director of System Development and Coordination for Spine Health Duke University School of Medicine and holds a position as adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa. She is also currently chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (U.S.). Prior to joining Duke University, Professor Goertz spent a decade at Palmer College of Chiropractic as Vice-chancellor of Research and Health Policy.

Professor Goertz’s appointment comes after Research Committee Chair, Professor Greg Kawchuk, informed the WFC of his decision to step down from the committee. Professor Kawchuk has served as Chair since 2015, having first been appointed to the committee in 2011. He is one of the founding members of the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership (CARL) and holds positions at the University of Alberta, the University of Southern Denmark and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

Research Committee members, Iben Axén, Martin Descarreaux, Simon French, Jan Hartvigsen and Carolina Kolberg have also announced their resignations from the Research Committee.

WFC President Dr Vivian Kil commented, “We are grateful to Professor Kawchuk for his service as Research Committee Chair over the past five years. Under his dedicated leadership, the committee has made great strides forward and is an invaluable resource for the WFC Board. The scientific component of our congresses has been greatly transformed in large part due to his innovations. This includes launching the WFC Suggested Reading List, which has benefited both the profession and the patients we serve, around the world. At this time, we also recognize and thank the other departing members of the committee for their service.

“The WFC is committed to the promotion of evidence-based, patient-centered, interprofessional and collaborative chiropractic care – our EPIC principles – in supporting our national association members around the world and the many thousands of chiropractors they represent. Science and research are key elements of all health professions and our Research Committee continues to be a highly-valued resource of the WFC.”

The primary role of the WFC Research Committee is to advise the WFC Board on matters of science and research relevant to the practice of chiropractic, including quality, outcomes, and clinical relevance. It also serves as a resource for research-related questions arising from the WFC Board and our national association members.


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