May 29, 2008 — The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) received a landmark grant to investigate mechanotransduction — the manner in which physical treatment is communicated to the tissues. The award, announced earlier this year, from the U.S.-based National Centers for Complementary and Alternative Medicine/National Institutes of Health (NCCAM/NIH) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, marks the first grant awarded by NCCAM/NIH and CIHR through a collaborative research program on the science of manual therapies.
“We are researching the exact mechanism by which treatment affects different tissue strata,” said John Triano, DC, dean of graduate education and research programs at CMCC. “The practical value of this is to identify the effective component of treatment so we can optimize and improve care, as well as understand how chiropractic care benefits the patient.”
“This grant is the first co-funded award granted on behalf of NCCAM/NIH and CIHR,” said Partap Khalsa, program officer, division of extramural research and training, NCCAM, NIH, DHHS
Jean Moss, DC, president of CMCC, views the award as significant. “It supports us in our collaboration with researchers from other institutions, such as the University of Vermont and Columbia University, and aids us in providing research that can influence everyday practice and improve patient outcomes.”
Source: Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, www.cmcc.ca