American Chiropractic Association Supports Researcher Development Program

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American Chiropractic Association Supports Researcher Development Program

Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in recognition of the importance of expanding the growing body of evidence behind chiropractic care, announced that it will contribute support to the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership (CARL), an international program that aims to identify and nurture talented emerging chiropractic research leaders.  

CARL, originally established with a grant from the World Federation of Chiropractic and the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence, aims not only to provide career development and mentoring to early career researchers, it also seeks to develop and lead a “sustainable international chiropractic research culture able to meet the evidence needs of patients, practitioners and policymakers.”

“The American Chiropractic Association supports evidence-based practice, and we recognize the need to cultivate a strong cohort of chiropractic researchers who are continually adding to the available evidence and who have the ability to represent chiropractic in international research circles,” said ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.

Participants of the program, known as Fellows, are directly mentored by CARL founders: Professor Greg Kawchuk, DC, PhD, of the University of Alberta, Canada, Professor Jan Hartvigsen, PhD, of the University of Southern Denmark, and Professor Jon Adams, PhD, of the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Each has extensive experience in health sciences research and managing mentorship/leadership development programs. They provide advice to participants on research focus, strategic development and career pathways.

Fellows, who come from around the globe, also work on collaborative research projects and publish results in peer-reviewed publications. They meet periodically to discuss initiatives to expand global research capacity relevant to the chiropractic profession. To learn more, visit


About the American Chiropractic Association

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the United States. ACA attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors, who understand that it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor. We are leading our profession in the most constructive and far-reaching ways--by working hand in hand with other health care professionals, by lobbying for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, by supporting meaningful research and by using that research to inform our treatment practices. We also provide professional and educational opportunities for all our members and are committed to being a positive and unifying force for the practice of modern chiropractic. To learn more, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.