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Chiropr Man Therap. 2018 Feb 6;26:5. doi: 10.1186/s12998-018-0173-3. eCollection 2018.

Leadership and capacity building in international chiropractic research: introducing the chiropractic academy for research leadership (CARL).

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1Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberts, Edmonton, Canada.
AECC University College, Bournemouth, UK.
4Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, NL, St. John, 's Canada.
5Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Private practice of chiropractic, Drummoyne, NSW Australia.
7Department of Psychology, University of Southampton, Southhampton, UK.
8Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark.
9National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Private practice of chiropractic, South West Rocks, South West Rocks, NSW Australia.
11Department of Anatomy, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada.
12Research Institute, Parker University, Dallas, TX USA.
Department of Chiropractic, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquaire University, Sydney, Australia.
14Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
15Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.


In an evidence-based health care environment, healthcare professions require a sustainable research culture to remain relevant. At present however, there is not a mature research culture across the chiropractic profession largely due to deficiencies in research capacity and leadership, which may be caused by a lack of chiropractic teaching programs in major universities. As a response to this challenge the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership, CARL, was created with the aim of develop a global network of successful early-career chiropractic researchers under the mentorship of three successful senior academics from Australia, Canada, and Denmark. The program centres upon an annual week-long program residential that rotates continental locations over the first three-year cycle and between residentials the CARL fellows work on self-initiated research and leadership initiatives. Through a competivite application process, the first cohort was selected and consists of 13 early career researchers from five professions in seven countries who represent diverse areas of interests of high relevance for chiropractic. The first residential was held in Odense, Denmark, with the second being planned in April 2018 in Edmonton, Canada, and the final residential to be held in Sydney, Australia in 2019.


Chiropractic; Evidence; Leadership; Research

Conflict of interest statement

Not applicable.Not applicable.All authors approved the final version of the manuscript.Through generous funding from sources listed above, participation in CARL including travel and other expenses associated with the residentials is free for the fellows. JA, GNK and JH receive no fee or other financial compensation in connection with CARL. Not applicable.Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

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