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Dynamic Chiropractic Canada – August 1, 2008, Vol. 01, Issue 01
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News In Brief

By Editorial Staff

CMCC Receives Landmark Grant

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) have awarded a landmark grant to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

CMCC will use the grant, the first awarded by NCCAM/CIHR as part of a collaborative research program on the science of manual therapies, to investigate mechanotransduction.

"We are researching the exact mechanism by which treatment affects different tissue strata," said Dr. John Triano, 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."

"Both Canadian and American agencies recognize the importance of high quality research in chiropractic approaches to alleviating pain and improving mobility in our populations," added Dr. Jane E. Aubin, scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA). "This co-funded award also highlights the important role of international partnerships as we work to solve health challenges."

Straighten Up Continues Global March

Representatives of the WFC and Life University presented the "Straighten Up" spinal health initiative at the 2008 WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva, working with leaders of the WHO Health Promotion and Education Cluster, the Child and Adolescent Health and Development Cluster and the Bangalore Model Healthy City Initiative. Straighten Up presentation venues included the NGO Forum for Health Annual Symposium at WHO headquarters and the planning meeting of the NGO Advisory Group for the 2009 WHO Global Health Promotion Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

The latest partners in this ongoing spinal health initiative include the International Red Cross, the International AIDS Society, the International Council of Nurses, the International Council on Social Welfare and the International Health Cooperative Organization, which currently serves more than 100 million households worldwide.

Orthotic Group, ObusForme Announce Partnership

The Orthotic Group recently announced it has partnered with ObusForme to distribute back and seat supports to health care professionals. The partnership was announced June 10, 2008.

"The Orthotic Group is very excited to be the distributor of ObusForme's flagship [products] to our partners, health care professionals," said Bruce Marrison, senior vice president of The Orthotic Group. "It only makes sense to support the spine in a seated position as well as to ensure patients are receiving the ultimate in spinal support. ... ObusForme is a strong partner and we look forward to a growing relationship with their team."

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