Marietta, Georgia, April 7, 2021 – A research team from Life University’s (LIFE) Dr. Sid E. Williams Center for Chiropractic Research (CCR) recently won an award sponsored by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners at the recent Association of Chiropractic Colleges 27th Educational and Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC), “Innovation in the Age of Distance Learning.”

One of ten Best in Conference awards was presented to the team of Drs. Brent Russell, Ron Hosek and Ed Owens, as well as LIFE Doctor of Chiropractic student Mackenzie Keller and Dr. Shari Wynd from Texas Chiropractic College, for their presentation on the topic of Angular kinematics of supine cervical spine adjustment: phase 2.

One of LIFE’s former Research Track students, Dr. Anna-Marie Schmidt-Ziegler, was also honored for her work in the Palmer College of Chiropractic Center. The title of her study was Chiropractic Research Description of chiropractic treatment in a pragmatic clinical trial conducted in Department of Defense military treatment facilities: a secondary analysis of ICD and CPT codes.

“The Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference is the premier chiropractic educational conference, providing an opportunity for the research community to gather and share their latest findings,” explained CCR Director Dr. Stephanie Sullivan. “It is truly an honor for members of our CCR research team to be selected as one of ten awardees out of more than 150 presenters. We were also excited that our former student Dr. Schmidt-Ziegler won one of the awards this year. This is the second conference in a row that the CCR has been represented with an award. It means that our hard work and commitment is beginning to pay off.”

Five additional presentation teams from the LIFE community also were honored to present at ACC-RAC, which included the following:

Platform Presentations:

Sullivan, S.; Drake, E.; Neff, S.; Champagne, M.; Seckington, A.
A Survey of the Effects of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic on Chiropractic Practice in the State of Georgia

Russell, B.; Keller, M.; Hosek, R.; Wynd, S., Owens, E.
Angular kinematics of supine cervical spine adjustment: phase 2

Owens, E.; Salman, M.; Hosek, R.; Russell, B.
Spinal posterior-to-anterior stiffness measurements can be affected by padding on the support table

Poster Presentations:

Sullivan, S.; Russell, B.; Hosek, R.; Owens, E.; Seckington, A.; Drake, E.
A model for chiropractic research designed to move the healthcare dialogue toward a development-of-health model

Owens, E.; Russell, B.; Hosek, R.; Sullivan, S.
Development and testing of a lumbar spine palpation training device

Knutson, L.; Langengger, F.; Coleman, J.; Sullivan, S.; Herbert, M.
A Retrospective Review of Patient Optogait Results and Comparison to Side of Patient Pelvic Compensation

Founded in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program, the largest single-campus chiropractic program in the world. Undergraduates can pursue 14 undergraduate degrees as well as a pre-chiropractic, degree-seeking pathway. Three graduate degrees are available, encompassing areas of sport health science, clinical nutrition and positive psychology. Some degree programs are offered to distance learners through the College of Online Education.

Life University strives to empower its students to succeed both professionally and personally. LIFE advances a leading-edge approach to higher education while also remaining true to the University’s philosophical commitment to produce informed leaders who exemplify humanistic values in their professions. To achieve this goal, LIFE recognizes and demonstrates its dedication through three official Life University Values: Lasting Purpose, Vitalism and Integrity.

LIFE’s 110-acre campus in Marietta, Georgia, just northwest of Atlanta, is home to more than 2,700 undergraduate, graduate and professional students who come from all 50 United States and more than 45 countries.

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