Parker College Debuts the Drugless Research Hall of Fame

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The Drugless Research Hall of Fame, founded by Parker College of Chiropractic, honored Dr. Ron Rupert, dean of Research at Parker College, as the first inductee during the first annual Parker Gala held at the 2009 Las Vegas Parker Seminar. The Drugless Research Hall of Fame is an innovative recognition platform designed to showcase significant drug-free contributions in research worldwide.

The Drugless Research Hall of Fame, founded by Parker College of Chiropractic, honored Dr. Ron Rupert, dean of Research at Parker College, as the first inductee during the first annual Parker Gala held at the 2009 Las Vegas Parker Seminar. The Drugless Research Hall of Fame is an innovative recognition platform designed to showcase significant drug-free contributions in research worldwide.

"It is imperative for the profession to support chiropractic research, which will in turn impact patient outcomes, and the growth of the profession," said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic.

The Parker Research Institute has become one of the most prestigious research publishers, seeking to position itself as a global leader in chiropractic wellness research. The institute has been widely recognized through publications for its exemplary work in peer-review journals and with various honors including the 2005 World Federation of Chiropractic award for the best scientific research. It has been able to establish extensive collaborative research relationships with both the chiropractic and medical communities and will continue to leverage these relationships in the best interest of the profession.

"Our ties and growing relationships with research centers in countries like China, Spain, and Mexico provide unique research opportunities," said Dr. Rupert. "We will sustain our efforts to involve field doctors and support them by building the research they need for evidence based practice."

Research establishes credibility, plays a pivotal role in today's health care policy, and has a crucial role in issues of reimbursement. The lack of research in many areas diminishes the proper role and compensation of the chiropractic profession. The profession has a serious need for research, in areas spanning from the care of children to that of the aged, from treatment to prevention, from basic science to clinical science, and from visceral issues to somatic conditions, to name a few.

Relationships to establish collaborative research are important and should be fostered in the best interest of the profession. Some of the key research efforts for which funding is required include practice-based research, which involves participation of field doctors and "real" patients in order to document clinical effectiveness, patient satisfaction, and other outcomes; and basic science research, which deals with the physiological effects a spinal adjustment has provided a profound understanding of one mechanism by which chiropractic care helps patients. It also explores models of the vertebral subluxation.

If you are interested in contributing financially to support chiropractic wellness research, please contact Lisa A. Fellers by phone at (214) 902-3482 or by email at lfellers (at) parkercc.edu.

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