CARL Program

The Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) program

The Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) program identifies, nurtures, and supports emerging young researchers whose research is relevant to chiropractic. The program’s ultimate goal is to create a sustainable research culture and ultimately a greater academic mass in the chiropractic profession by increasing research output and leadership opportunities within this group.

This program is led by three senior academics, Professors Greg Kawchuk, Jan Hartvigsen and Jon Adams, developed an international leadership program modelled after the Oxford International Research Leadership Program.

The ACA has agreed to contribute to the funding of the CARL program from 2020 to 2023 which will enable a sustainable approach to leadership development in research plus contribute to our knowledge base and therefore advocacy efforts. This funding is part of our commitment to research through PhDs, MRes and specific projects in addition to our support of students.

CARL I (2017-2020)

  • Andreas Eklund – Sweden (Karolinska Institutet)
  • Diana De Carvalho – Canada (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
  • Katie Pohlman – United States (Parker University; University of Alberta)
  • Mike Swain – Australia (Macquarie University)
  • Arnold Wong – Hong Kong (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • Isabelle Pagé – Canada (University of Alberta; University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres)
  • Alex Breen – United Kingdom (AECC University College)
  • Michelle Holmes – United Kingdom (University of Southampton; AECC University College)
  • Martha Funabashi – Canada (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
  • Matt Fernandez – Australia (Macquarie University)
  • Craig Moore – Australia (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Katie de Luca – Australia (Macquarie University)
  • Melker Johansson – Denmark (University of Southern Denmark)

CARL II (2020-2023)

  • Sasha Aspinall – Australia (Murdoch University)
  • Aron Downie – Australia (Macquarie University)
  • Steen Harsted – Denmark (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Hazel Jenkins – Australia (Macquarie University)
  • Andrée-Anne Marchand – Canada (Ontario Tech University; University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières)
  • David McNaughton – Australia (Macquarie University)
  • Amy Miller – United Kingdom (Bournemouth University)
  • Casper Nim – Denmark (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Luana Nyirö – Switzerland (Balgrist University Hospital; University of Zurich)
  • Cecilie K. Øverås – Norway (Norwegian University of Science and Technology; University of Southern Denmark)
  • Eric Roseen – United States (Boston University)
  • Ken Weber – United States (Stanford University)
  • Jessica Wong – Canada (Ontario Tech University; Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
  • James Young – Canada (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College; University of Southern Denmark)

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