Quarterly round up 1

We are currently working on our CTDRU website and new “profile” on social media ahead of the changes in readiness for the next research excellence framework (REF2014). This has been slowly gaining interest and awareness of the research within the unit.

3 members of the research unit: Peter McCarthy, Andrew Heusch and Mark Williams are currently looking at being submitted into the REF as part of the Centre for Research & Innovation in Care Sciences As part of the REF structure, the research unit needs to have a good outward facing presence in order to show the world (and any scientific assessors) what we do. If you want to know more, or feel there is something we need to add, feel free to let us know.

We are now gearing up for another academic year, but we have not been inactive over the summer months.

There have been some recent publications, with Annabel Kier’s Carotid artery dissection – the influence of research on patient management and Bjorn Hennius’s Contemporary chiropractic practice in the UK: a field study of a chiropractor and his patients in a suburban chiropractic clinic being most relevant to practitioners.

Annabel’s topic was previously published following a serendipitous encounter with a patient. Although this has been an unpalatable topic for the profession for many years, it will only become less of one by further research. Initially an important part of this will be the ongoing publication of case-studies in order to build a base of evidence. Therefore; should you have any cases relating to this topic please contact us.

Bjorn has had an anthropological interest in the patients perception of chiropractic for a number of years and this article encapsulates his initial research in an area he wishes to continue pursuing: he may even come to your clinic!

Our research into elite sports and neck function has expanded to look at National swimmers. This is another group who are at risk of uneven use of the neck due to hours of training, so when given the opportunity to add them into our list we jumped in. Some of our current undergrad research students were pool side to performed measurements and will be going along again soon to catch up on changes that might have occurred following summer activities.

In addition, Mark Langweiler has obtained a small grant (£2.0K, from the Strategic Insight Programme, European funding through the Welsh government) to help develop a research project to look at assessing balance with an interactive computer gaming environment. He has been working with a local company on this and is now looking for funding to move the project forward.

The post-graduate arm of the CTDRU appears to be growing, funding has been obtained (subject to contracts being signed) to support a further Masters in Research student (KESS postgraduate student bursary) which will be taken by a recent chiropractic graduate (Ceri Ann Jones). This one year full time project will be looking at the effectiveness of a new mattress design by one of our local companies (Innovative health solutions ltd) aimed at helping relieve back pain.

In our other KESS funded project, the recipient Danny Clegg both survived and enjoyed his KESS graduate school meeting in Sweden and was accepted to transfer to PhD over summer. He also presented his research at both the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) 37th world congress meeting in Birmingham and the Welsh University KESS student meeting in Cardiff.

Bianca Zietsman also successfully presented her research on Cervical spine range of Motion in female rugby players (Touch and Union) at the IUPS. In addition, Bianca and Nadia Nair (the latter currently writing her thesis) presented the CTDRU activities to the College of Medicine’s Annual Conference meeting in London.

Mark Langweiler has returned from presenting and chairing a session at the International Congress on Traditional Asian Medical Systems (IASTAM) in Soncheong, South Korea. Apparently the disease du jour in that part of the world is “koro”, with lots of Asian research funding being spent looking for a cure.

The PhD position in brain computer interfacing has been filled (all bar having committee approval) and we are currently short listing for the research assistantship post, so the project should be starting by the next report!