April 5, 2013 — The International Conference on Spinal Manipulation (ICSM) will reconvene in Phoenix Oct. 25-27, 2013, at the picturesque Buttes Resort as reported at this year’s Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC).
The ICSM provides a forum for researchers of all professions, backgrounds, and areas of focus interested in the field of spinal manipulation to present their work on topics ranging from basic science research to clinical trials. Original research presentations together with plenary sessions from leaders in the spine community will present the state-of-the-art in spine care science at this international interdisciplinary meeting. Attendees will receive continuing education credits for their participation as well.
Previously hosted by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER), ICSM previously ceased its existence along with FCER dissolution in 2009. The non-profit, International Spine Research (INSPIRE) Foundation has revived ICSM due to the growing interest in spinal manipulation and its related interventions and the need for a multi-disciplinary environment to showcase the many professionals engaged in the intervention.
At ACC-RAC, INSPIRE Chairman, Christopher Colloca, DC, told the research directors at their working group meeting that ICSM was needed to add to the very limited number of scientific conferences for those interested in spinal manipulation to present their research. Aside from the annual ACC-RAC conference, the biennial World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Congress, and European Chiropractors Union (ECU) Conference represent the only chiropractic conferences with a scientific track for original research submissions.
It’s unlikely that those conducting research on spinal manipulation outside of the chiropractic profession would submit their work to a chiropractic conference. Further complicating the problem, only a handful of chiropractors participate in international spine conferences such as the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), North American Spine Society (NASS), Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) or Spineweek.
Recognizing the need for the resurgence of the ICSM, INSPIRE applied for an educational grant from the William M. Harris Family Foundation and received the award to continue to again commence the ICSM conference. Abstract submission opens for the 2013 ICSM on April 1, 2013 and closes on July 1, 2013. Meeting details, guides for authors, and sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available online at 2013icsm.org.
Source: Neuromechanical Innovation, neuromechanical.com