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Rosanne Warmerdam

Rosanne Warmerdam has a master degree in Biomedical Sciences. As a scientist she set her first steps into the healthcare field. Finding out that our current healthcare system is more of a disease care system, aimed at fighting diseases and treating acute traumas instead of improving health. She is on a journey to help build a healthcare system that is focused on prevention and increasing healthy life span.

She is co-founder of The Pando Network, a strategy and campaign agency for health projects. Building strategies and campaigns for (local) governments and companies to implement a new vision on health and wellbeing.

Live Long & Prosper! – Health and the power of a daily routine
08.30 Friday 27 May

Rosanne will talk about the latest science that shows the interaction between lifestyle, our genes and the strong connection we as humans have with bacteria. These scientific insights are strongly related to secrets of the most healthy and happy communities around the world.

Staying healthy in this rapid changing environment can be a big challenge. Rosanne will show you that small changes can have a huge effect. There are great opportunities if we adapt a mindset in which we realise that we need to work together to create health on a broad scale. Because health is not only an individual’s responsibility, it’s a collective responsibility.

Vasileios Gkolfinopoulos

Vasileios (Vas) Gkolfinopoulos has been in private practice in the UK and Greece for the past 20 years. He graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, UK in 1999 where he received a BSc(Hons) and an MSc degree in Chiropractic. He went on to receive an MPhil in Research from the University of Glamorgan, UK where he was also a lecturer at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic for a period of three years. A member of the British Chiropractic Association from 1999 to 2002, he is currently a member and has served as the President of the Hellenic Chiropractors’ Association from 2004 to 2018. He also served as Treasurer of the European Chiropractors’ Association (ECU) from 2010 to 2018. He is the current ECU President since 2018, as well as a Fellow of the European Academy of Chiropractic and a member of the Governing Board of the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence.

Before chiropractic, Vas studied at the Physical Education and Sports Science Department at the University of Athens, Greece. A pro-level water-polo player in his youth, he has participated in seven Greek premier leagues, won two Greek youth championships with his club, played for the Greek national youth team and participated in a final four phase of the European Championship. He has served in the Greek Air Force Medical Service Corps. He is happily married and has three children.

President’s Welcome
0830 Friday 27 May

Closing Speech
1100 Sunday 29 May

Gitte Tønner is a 2004 graduate from the University of Southern Denmark. She’s the co-founder and current president of the Dutch-Belgian Research Institute of Chiropractic. She has had the roles of executive board member, treasurer and now president of the Netherlands’ Chiropractors’ Association. While maintaining close to full-time practice in a solo practice in Amsterdam, she has also been a previous ECU Convention Academic Programme Organiser (2013-2016) and is, for Utrecht, back in this capacity.

NCA President’s Welcome
0830 Friday 27 May

Chair: After the Global Summit – Debate
1600 Saturday 28 May

Chair: Chiropractic and Public Health Discussion
1000 Sunday 29 May

Maurits van Tulder

Maurits van Tulder is Professor of Health Technology Assessment at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His main research interest is effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions for musculoskeletal disorders. He has ample expertise in designing, conducting and analysing randomised controlled trials, economic evaluations and systematic reviews on spinal manipulation/mobilisation amongst other interventions. He was co-editor of the Cochrane Back and Neck Group from 2006-2017 and has been chairman or committee member for at least five low back pain guidelines and several other national and international clinical guidelines.

The Lancet Series; process, perception and impact
10.30 Friday 27 May

This presentation will focus on the process, reception and impact of the Lancet series on low back pain, published in 2018. A long journey starting with an international group of researchers with the goal of reducing the burden of low back pain worldwide and to get more attention for this enormous and underrated health problem. Was the call to action successful? Almost 15 million unique Twitter accounts saw a post related to the Lancet series. Did this change clinical practice, behaviour of patients and clinicians or organisation of healthcare? 

Alice Kongsted

Alice Kongsted is a Professor in Musculoskeletal Research in Primary Care at the University of Southern Denmark, and a senior researcher at the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub. She has a clinical background as a chiropractor, and her research concerns spinal pain with a focus on practice-based research in primary care. In 2018, she was part of the Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group that published three papers to call for worldwide attention to the growing burden of back pain.

Chiropractors taking action on Lancet messages
1030 Friday 27 May

The Lancet Series on back pain from 2018 pointed to severe problems in the management of back pain and illustrated a need for a paradigm shift in the way that back pain is understood and managed. This talk will address the clinical relevance of some central recommendations, and discuss how chiropractors can take part in the development of a new approach to back pain.

Wilco Peul

Wilco Peul has been professor of Clinical Neurosurgery in Leiden since 2008 and Chair of a cooperative of three hospitals in Leiden and The Hague (University Neurosurgical Center Holland). Besides his particular interest in reconstructive spine surgery and neurotraumatology, he is a certified senior PhD (cum laude) Epidemiologist. With regard to spine research he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Cochrane Back Review Group and has, since 2017, been a proud and active member of the Neurotraumatology and the Spine Section of WFNS. He is member of the EANS Neurotraumatology committee and served for eight years on the Spine Committee responsible for European training in co-operation with Eurospine, until 2017. Currently he is President of the UEMS Neurosurgery section (EU, Bruxelles) on behalf of EANS. Since 2020 Wilco has been a Board member of ZonMW (The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development) and started in 2021 as Editor-in-Chief of the new EANS-Eurospine journal Brain & Spine.

The Lancet Series. A spinal surgeon’s perspective
1030 Friday 27 May

Professor Peul will discuss the surgical indication for LBP with specific anatomical diagnoses, which didn’t make it into the Lancet

Igor Dijkers

Igor Dijkers graduated from Wageningen University, MSc biology (1999) and from AECC in 2005. He has continued his education in postgraduate neurology since. He passed the diplomate exam of the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology in 2007 and later passed exams for fellowships in a.o. vestibular rehabilitation, and brain injury and rehabilitation. Igor has been the chair of the scientific committee of the NCA (Netherlands) for several years whilst serving as board member. Igor has been lecturing at several ECU and WFC conventions, had poster presentations at international congresses (IAFNR and Barany) and guest lectured at different medical institutes in the Netherlands. Igor is current Chair of the European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC).

Chair: All About the Lancet
1030 Friday 27 May

Inger Roug

Inger Roug is a doctor of chiropractic graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Iowa, USA in 1989. She subsequently earned her diplomate of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology from Logan University College of Chiropractic, Missouri, USA.

Inger has lectured at three chiropractic universities in North America from 1992-2014 and is currently a chiropractic radiologist and senior lecturer at AECC-UC.

In addition to classroom teaching, Inger worked from 2003-2014 for two MR Imaging centres in the Atlanta, Georgia, USA area, where her main case loads were MRI and CT imaging of the spine and extremities.

MRI Gems
1330 Friday 27 May

MRI and x-ray cases from chiropractic practice ranging from ordinary to exotic and everything in between. Cases will be presented in a case-based learning format to challenge the audience and sharpen their diagnostic and imaging skills.

Luc Ailliet

Luc Ailliet: Born in 1965, long-time married to the mother of two sons, Luc’s background is as a physiotherapist (Msc Physiotherapy – University of Ghent 1989), practising chiropractor (Summa cum Laude National College of Chiropractic (now NUHS), Chicago USA 1996) for 25 years and researcher (PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Faculty of Medicine at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2016). This allows him to ‘peek over the fence’ of the chiro-world and see what goes on immediately around us. His PhD focused on the biopsychosocial context of patients consulting chiropractors with spinal pain.

Chair: Research Presentations
1330 Friday 27 May

Chair: Peeking over the Fence session
0900 Saturday 28 May

Jake Cooke graduated from the AECC in 2009 and passed the American Chiropractic Neurology Board exams in 2014. In 2021, he completed his Masters in MSK Neuroscience with a focus on chronic pain and dizziness/balance disorders. He’s the current Chairman for the European Academy of Chiropractic’s neurology special interest group, with the goal of showing how neurology can be used to improve diagnosis, treatment and outcomes.

SIG Neurology
1330 Friday 27 May

Dizziness is common in general practice but diagnosis can be challenging, especially when the patient’s description of their dizziness can be vague. Cervicogenic dizziness (CGD) is relatively uncommon compared to BPPV, vestibular migraine and other causes of dizziness. Therefore, it requires a high level of skill to be sure of an accurate diagnosis. Understanding the presentation of CGD is the key to treatment. This workshop will describe the signs, symptoms and assessment of CGD. We’ll also be discussing treatment strategies that are effective for this condition but also useful in the treatment of more common causes of dizziness.

Dr Rob Silverman

Robert Silverman is a chiropractic doctor, clinical nutritionist, national/international speaker, author of Amazon’s #1 bestseller Inside-Out Health” and founder/CEO of Westchester Integrative Health Centre. He was named ACA Sports Council’s “Sports Chiropractor of the Year” in 2015, is an advisory board member of the Functional Medicine University and a seasoned health/wellness expert. Robert Silverman is a thought leader in his field and practice and is a frequently published author in peer-reviewed journals and other mainstream publications.

The latest advancements in musculoskeletal therapies
1330 Friday 27 May

In this incisive 90-minute presentation, Rob Silverman will lead you through the latest developments in advanced musculoskeletal therapies. You will learn the value of laser therapy, performance nutrition, functional assessments, improving immune function, including new protocols to attain superior clinical outcomes. He will share his extensive hands-on neurodynamic testing demonstrations highlighted by his patented method for vagus nerve stimulation.

Chiropractic strategies and protocols for long-haulers syndrome and immune support
1530 Friday 27 May

Long-haulers syndrome, more formally known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC), is defined as new, returning, or ongoing health problems appearing four or more weeks after being infected with SARS-CoV-2. PASC encompasses a wide range of symptoms. The most common include fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, neurological issues, headache, loss of taste and smell, GI issues, and muscle pain.

In this incisive, 90-minute presentation, Rob Silverman leads participants through the evolving research on long-haulers syndrome and the latest clinical developments about diagnosis and treatment. He discusses the critical importance of calming post-COVID systemic inflammation through a multi-pronged protocol, including dietary approaches, selected nutritional supplements, improving the gut microbiome, and applying low-level laser therapy. Rob will share his strategies to effectively combine laser therapy and nutritional protocols for optimizing patient outcomes.

These sessions are kindly sponsored by ECU Corporate sponsor Erchonia


Stephen Perle is a1983 graduate of Texas Chiropractic College, specializing in sports chiropractic in NYC, and serving as medical director of the USA Track and Field Championships. In 1991 he joined the inaugural faculty of the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic. He is a Professor of Clinical Sciences teaching hands-on courses and evidence-based practice and ergonomics for engineering graduate students. Stephen just completed over 10 years of leadership positions with FICS. He is an associate editor of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies and is writing the 4th edition of the textbook Chiropractic Technique: Principles and Procedures, to be published again by Mosby Publishing.

Drop Piece Lower Extremity Manipulation – Safer, Easier, Quicker for the Chiropractor
1530 Friday 27 May

Practicing as a chiropractor is a physically demanding job. Disability as a result of performing manipulation is an occupational hazard. A portable drop piece is an ergonomic manipulation tool that can substantially reduce stress on the chiropractor’s body. It helps the chiropractor to provide controlled manipulation of the extremity joints in positions of dysfunction that may be more helpful for the athlete. The focus of this workshop will be to use the drop piece to help perform lower extremity manipulation with the goal of helping active individual people go beyond pain and towards better movement and function.

This session is kindly supported by FICS

Raymond Ostelo is Professor of Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at VU University and Amsterdam UMC, and program director of the MSH program (Amsterdam Movement Sciences Research Institute). Additionally he is a visiting professor at the Centre for Intelligent Musculoskeletal Health (OlosMed University).

His research centres on musculoskeletal disorders, mainly focusing on effectiveness studies. He also has a longstanding research interest in clinimetrical research and has been involved in the development of various multi- and mono-disciplinary evidence-based guidelines in the field of back pain. His research has been published in leading journals such as JAMA, BMJ, Cochrane Library, Spine and Pain. Raymond is a member of the editorial board of the Journal for Physiotherapy.

Peeking Over The Fence Session
State of the art 2022: Spinal rehab in primary care
0900 Saturday 28 May

In addition to chiropractic care many interventions are available for patients with low back pain. For many of these interventions systematic reviews are published. These systematic reviews are the cornerstone of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. In this presentation the evidence from systematic reviews for frequently applied primary care treatments will be reviewed. Also, the recommendations included in various evidence-based practice guidelines will be reviewed. The similarities and differences in the recommendations will be discussed. Finally, important issues regarding the implementation of these evidence-based practice guidelines will be discussed.

Michiel Reneman is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He graduated as BA Physical Therapist in 1988. His subsequent career achievements include:

  • MS Movement Scientist (1992).
  • PhD Rehabilitation Medicine (2004).
  • Main research topics: Functional Capacity Evaluation, Vocational Rehabilitation, Pain Rehabilitation.
  • Research output PubMed December 2021: 206
  • Advisory member Fit for Work Netherlands.
  • Co-chair Pain Alliance in the Netherlands (PA!N), IASP Chapter.
  • Counsellor European Pain Federation EFIC
  • Member Scientific Program Committee IASP World Congress 2022 Toronto.
  • Co-chair IASP Presidential Task Force – Integration ICF and ICD in Pain Medicine.
  • Chair EFIC Taskforce – Definition Multimodal Pain Intervention.
  • Member IASP Taskforce – Definition Interdisciplinary Pain Interventions.

Peeking Over The Fence Session
Nociplastic pain mechanisms and nocebo
0900 Saturday 28 May

In this presentation, Michiel will address the following:

  • Nociplastic pain mechanisms. This is the third pain mechanism as defined by the International Association of the Study of Pain. A brief introduction into this and the other pain mechanisms, and Central Sensitization.
  • Central pain processing and its importance in choosing the best indicated health care intervention.
  • Nocebo language by health care professionals and its effects on the patient. The opposite of it, placebo, will be touched briefly, because this will be the main topic of the third speaker in this session.
Dave Newell

Professor Dave Newell graduated from Plymouth University with a PhD in molecular biology in 1986. He holds positions of Professor of Integrated Musculoskeletal Healthcare and Director of Research at AECC University College and Visiting Research Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton.

He has spent his career teaching and generating research in chiropractic institutions internationally. He has successfully supervised multiple PhD students and published extensively in areas relevant to musculoskeletal conditions in general and the chiropractic profession in particular. Recent areas of research lie in contextual factors, therapeutic alliance and the chiropractic professions role in national health systems.

Peeking Over The Fence Session
When word matters: Placebo and contextual factors
0900 Saturday 28 May

The modulation of pain via top-down neurological mechanisms is intimately tied into the perceptions, expectations and cognitive predictions of patients based on multiple contextual factors within the therapeutic encounter. These factors can be categorised within broad areas including patient and practitioner characteristics, treatment characteristics, patient practitioner interactions and characteristics of the clinical setting This talk will explore the contemporary understanding of the central role of these elements in generating positive clinical outcomes.

Stuart Smellie graduated from AECC in 1991 and has been involved in post-graduate education for most of his career. Since 2010, as Director of Academic Affairs for the Royal College of Chiropractors, he has been promoting high quality care and professional excellence, and has been the lead author of the Royal College’s Quality Standards. Stuart has a track record of working with regulators and educators, seeking to raise and assure standards. He has over 30 years of experience in clinical practice, winning both personal and practice awards, and lectures on high quality evidence-based care, professional standards and clinical governance.

SIG Clinical
1100 Saturday 28 May

Spondyloarthritis represents a group of diseases characterised by inflammation of the spine and joints and is considered a heterogeneous group of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases that are divided into two subgroups according to the predominant symptoms, which may overlap. Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA) affects the spine and pelvis, and Peripheral Spondyloarthritis affects peripheral joints. Ankylosing Spondylitis is defined by radiographic changes of the sacroiliac joints, and is known as “radiographic” axSpA. MRI can identify inflammatory changes earlier, and this is termed “non-radiographic” axSpA. Psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis and enteropathic arthritis can all be classified as either axSpA, or peripheral SpA, depending on whether there is spinal involvement. Despite a widespread lack of awareness of the condition, axSpA is not rare and affects an estimated 1 in 200 of the adult population in the UK (approximately 220,000). It typically takes over 8 years for a correct diagnosis to be reached. Early identification can help control symptoms and may reduce deformities. It is important, therefore, for chiropractors to be aware of these conditions on a clinical basis and to refer for appropriate imaging or more specialist care.  This workshop will present the most up to date information concerning AxSpA with the following components:

  • Introduction – presents the significance of axial spondyloarthritis to chiropractors
  • Interactive Group Task – identification of patients with axial spondyloarthritis
  • The Evidence – related to the clinical assessment of axial spondyloarthritis
  • Case Study – consists of an interactive discussion of management considerations
  • A Quiz – will consist of a short MCQ qui to review key points
  • Summary – will conclude the workshop and give time for questions

After the Global Summit – Debate
1600 Saturday 28 May

Jonathan Field graduated from AECC in 1987. He is clinical lead for a team of chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists providing community based MSK care as part of an integrated and state funded NHS pathway.

His PhD is in the collection and use of patients reports of their outcome and satisfaction. As chair of the specialist faculties forum for the Royal College of Chiropractors he facilitates the development and recognition of enhanced skills and competences developed by chiropractors.

Jonathan represents the chiropractic profession on the UK National Low Back Pain Clinical Network which works on behalf of the NHS to promote evidence based care within hospital and community spinal services.

SIG Clinical
1100 Saturday 28 May

Spondyloarthritis represents a group of diseases characterised by inflammation of the spine and joints and is considered a heterogeneous group of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases that are divided into two subgroups according to the predominant symptoms, which may overlap. Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA) affects the spine and pelvis, and Peripheral Spondyloarthritis affects peripheral joints. Ankylosing Spondylitis is defined by radiographic changes of the sacroiliac joints, and is known as “radiographic” axSpA. MRI can identify inflammatory changes earlier, and this is termed “non-radiographic” axSpA. Psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis and enteropathic arthritis can all be classified as either axSpA, or peripheral SpA, depending on whether there is spinal involvement. Despite a widespread lack of awareness of the condition, axSpA is not rare and affects an estimated 1 in 200 of the adult population in the UK (approximately 220,000). It typically takes over 8 years for a correct diagnosis to be reached. Early identification can help control symptoms and may reduce deformities. It is important, therefore, for chiropractors to be aware of these conditions on a clinical basis and to refer for appropriate imaging or more specialist care.  This workshop will present the most up to date information concerning AxSpA with the following components:

  • Introduction – presents the significance of axial spondyloarthritis to chiropractors
  • Interactive Group Task – identification of patients with axial spondyloarthritis
  • The Evidence – related to the clinical assessment of axial spondyloarthritis
  • Case Study – consists of an interactive discussion of management considerations
  • A Quiz – will consist of a short MCQ qui to review key points
  • Summary – will conclude the workshop and give time for questions
Iben Axen

Iben Axén is an AECC graduate with 28 years of practice in Stockholm, Sweden. Parallel to clinical practice, she has been involved in a Practice-Based Research Network. She earned her PhD at Karolinska Institutet in 2011 and became an Associate Professor in 2016. She is Research Leader of the Norwegian Chiropractic Research Foundation ELIB. Her research is clinical, and topics include pain trajectories, predictors of treatment outcome and prevention. She is co-Editor-in-Chief of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.

Awards: Junior Research prize of the ECU in 2010 and the Jean Robert Research Award in 2017. Chiropractor of the Year in Sweden in 2011.

How to write a case study/series
1100 Saturday 28 May

This is a presentation with the perspective of an editor (Chiropractic & Manual Therapies), and will cover:

  • what is the value
  • when should you write
  • how to engage colleagues to collect data for a case series
  • what is important to consider
  • ethics/consent
  • the publication process
Jan Hoeve

Chiropractic is Jan Hoeve’s second calling. After a successful scientific career in uranium geology, he moved from Saskatchewan, Canada, to the UK to be trained as a chiropractor at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth. Next, he moved back to The Netherlands, where he pursued a career in chiropractic with an interest in paediatrics. He is particularly intrigued by the causes and treatment of infantile colic, and by the interrelationships of colic and childhood/adolescent migraine.

Vestibular Dysfunction in Babies
1100 Saturday 28 May

Despite 67 years of research, the cause of infantile colic remains as elusive as ever and no distinct cure has emerged. It seems that in all those years the research effort may have been misdirected. In this presentation, Jan will:

  1. interpret the symptoms of infantile colic as clinical manifestations of dysregulation at the brainstem level
  2. discuss criteria to evaluate colicky babies before and after treatment
  3. demonstrate treatment by means of gentle, proprioceptive sensory neuromodulation
  4. present an integrated hypothesis that links infantile colic and childhood/adolescent migraine to brainstem dysregulation secondary to occipital dysfunction arising from mild birth trauma

Russ Hornstein is a Chiropractic Neurologist with 25 years of experience and a strong focus and training in vestibular rehabilitation, head and eye movement disorders and neuro orthopaedic rehabilitation. He has a great interest in spinal mechanics and a quest for the most effective tools in resolving subluxations. Over the last three years he has developed a new HVLA method called ‘Adjusting to Neutral’ which does not require locking out the joint at the end range yet is proving to resolve joint dysfunction precisely and quickly.

Cervical Manipulation 2.0, Adjusting to Neutral
1100 Saturday 28 May

Lumbar Manipulation 2.0
1200 Sunday 29 May

A novel approach to fast and lasting restoration of joint function. Russ will present a 90 minute cervical adjusting workshop on an easy adaptation of our Chiropractic methods that recalibrates the intrinsic musculature, resolves segmental spinal instability, and improves range of motion. This hands-on workshop begins with a look at cervical biomechanics following trauma and considers the current methods of treating before diving into the principles and practice of a new concept for creating long term change in joint function. Russ will follow this with a lumbar manipulation workshop on the final day of the Convention.

Trynke Hoekstra

Trynke Hoekstra works as an assistant professor at the Department of Health Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where she enthusiastically teaches courses on biostatistics and epidemiology to Bachelor-, Master- and postgraduate students. Trynke obtained Masters degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Epidemiology and her PhD thesis (2013) focused on methods to study patient heterogeneity in observational and experimental research. Trynke values team science and collaboration across disciplines and is currently involved in several methodological projects, as well as projects on physical activity promotion in rehabilitation care, global health, substance use, and chiropractic care.

How to become a master reader of science – Interpreting the research behind our conclusions
1400 Saturday 28 May

About two medical scientific papers appear in our search engines every minute and an overwhelming number appear in the media. How can we navigate this information overload and properly assess the quality of the reported studies? Trynke’s talk will highlight and explain several methodological and statistical issues such as study designs, statistical significance versus clinical relevance, risk estimates and differences between effectiveness and efficacy in order to provide you with the necessary tools to be able to critically interpret and reflect on the findings reported in the scientific literature.

Lise Hestbaek graduated in chiropractic in 1990 from Palmer College of Chiropractic. She was a practising chiropractor 1991-2007 in England and Denmark; from 1997 – 2007 this was part-time research and part-time clinic, then from 2007 Lise moved into full-time research and teaching. Lise’s Ph.D. in 2003 included a thesis about high-risk groups and risk factors for low back pain in children and adolescents.

Lise is currently professor at University of Southern Denmark and senior researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics. Her research focuses on two specific areas:
• Musculoskeletal health in children and adolescence
• Lifetime epidemiology of musculoskeletal pain.

SIG Paediatrics
1400 Saturday 28 May

This session will explore the physiological, neurological and behavioural aspects of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and overtraining in children. These affect cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and mental health, as well as physical, social, and cognitive development.

The SIG Paediatrics Team will discuss how the negative spiral of inactivity, fuelled by the pandemic, can be addressed both on a societal level and on an individual level. The session will also cover how overtraining during growth and development can result in spinal injury. Cases will be presented for participants to discuss, to better understand how practitioners can work to help paediatric patients and their families.

Amy Miller graduated from AECC University College with a Masters in Chiropractic. She went on to complete her PhD in the Centre of Midwifery, Maternal, and Perinatal Health at Bournemouth University, alongside part-time private practice. Amy now lectures at AECC University College and remains research active, with ongoing studies into PBRN development and adolescent spinal pain. In practice, Amy’s primary focus is on paediatrics, particularly infants. She sits on the EAC Special Interest Group for Paediatrics and is a Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) II Fellow.

SIG Paediatrics
1400 Saturday 28 May

Robert Jackson became a certified Thompson Technique Instructor in 1981. He has run a private practice in Colorado since 1983 and is a post-graduate faculty instructor.

Thompson Technique – the neurological and structural impact of sacral subluxations and biomechanical misalignments.
1400 Saturday 28 May

Robert’s presentation will detail and share the neurological and mechanical findings with sacral biomechanical complications. Methods used in the presentation will be the certified analysis and corrections of sacral biomechanical misalignments. The anticipated results and conclusion from attending the presentation will be that each attendee will be able to return to their unique practices with the knowledge and ability to complete a detailed analysis of sacral complications and to administer the associated corrections found in the Thompson Technique approach.

This session is kindly sponsored by ECU2022 sponsor Williams Healthcare

Pierre Cote

Professor Pierre Côté is an epidemiologist and a chiropractor. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and he is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He is also the Director of the Institute for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation at Ontario Tech University and a Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Throughout his career, Professor Côté has contributed to several evidence-based policy initiatives. From 2019-2021, he led several systematic reviews of the literature to inform the development of evidence-informed regulatory policies by the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia.
Professor Côté is actively involved with various projects with the World Health Organization (WHO). In particular, in 2020, he was responsible for writing the daily WHO COVID-19 Research Digest and he is a member of the WHO Development Group for programs of rehabilitation for low back pain.
His current research focuses on the etiology of disability and the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and mental health. Professor Côté has published more than 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

After the Global Summit – Debate
1600 Saturday 28 May

Chiropractic and Public Health Panel Discussion – panel member
1000 Sunday 29 May

Christine Goertz is a Professor in Musculoskeletal Research and Director of System Development and Coordination for Spine Health at Duke University School of Medicine and CEO of the Spine Institute for Quality. She also currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Governors for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Christine received her doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She has received more than $35M in federal funding as principal investigator and co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed papers.

After the Global Summit – Debate
1600 Saturday 28 May

Sven Lanser is an experienced moderator and facilitator. After graduating his Masters degree of Social Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam he worked in IT for several years, before making a 180 degree turn, diving into improv theatre, and becoming a facilitator and communications trainer. With his diverse background and natural curiosity, he is a great choice to moderate any type of discussion or debate. He is flexible, open and will make sure the audience stays engaged.

Moderator: After the Global Summit – Debate
1600 Saturday 28 May

Greg Kawchuk is a full professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Greg is a CMCC graduate who practiced chiropractic for 15
years in multidisciplinary settings before earning his PhD in bioengineering and becoming a full-time researcher.

Greg’s research interests are focused on back pain and spine function in the areas of basic science, clinical trials and implementation. Greg is one of three founder members of CARL, the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership, and is presently leading the new GLA:D Back initiative in Canada.

Keynote Address: Academies, The Metaverse and Social Media – building new and needed communities in chiropractic
0930 Sunday 29 May

For more than 100 years, our efforts to grow chiropractic have focused on Regulation, Research and Recognition. While important, these efforts have left little time to develop the next “R” in the evolution of our profession – Relationships. This talk will describe how chiropractors are achieving incredible things together using new and exciting ways to create much-needed communities.

Lone Kousgaard Jørgensen

Lone Kousgaard Jørgensen has been working as a chiropractor in a growing multidisciplinary clinic for almost 20 years, with the last 10 years as owner of the clinic.

From 2013 – 2021 Lone was President of the Danish Chiropractors Association. Alongside that she was a board member at the Danish Research Foundation, The Chiropractic Knowledge Hub and the ECCRE. In May 2021 Lone was elected Treasurer of the ECU.

Chair: Keynote Session
0930 Sunday 29 May

Richard Brown has served as the Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic since 2015, prior to which he was the Secretary and first Secretary-General of the ECU. A 1990 graduate of AECC University College, he worked continuously in private practice for 25 years, during which time he was the President of the British Chiropractic Association.

In the area of public health, he coordinates World Spine Day and has extensive experience of working with the World Health Organization. He has co-authored publications on the subjects of rehabilitation, chiropractic and public health and global musculoskeletal strategy. Besides his chiropractic qualification, Richard has a Master of Laws degree from Cardiff University.

Chiropractic and Public Health Panel Discussion – panel member
1000 Sunday 29 May

Jan Geert Wagenaar

Jan Geert Wagenaar studied as a Physiotherapist (1993) and a Chiropractor (AECC 1999 graduate) before starting a chiropractic office (2 DC’s and 3 assistants) in Deventer, the Netherlands, 20 years ago.

In his previous career, Jan Geert played professional soccer. In his chiropractic studying years  he was the president of the AECC student Union. He later became the president of the NCA and held several positions in chiropractic related working groups before being elected as ECU vice-President. As chiropractor, he guided a team during the DAKAR rally and is currently the chiropractor of the local professional soccer team.

Chiropractic and Public Health Panel Discussion – panel member
1000 Sunday 29 May

Arno Rutte is a former MP (seven years) and spokesperson on Curative Healthcare for the Dutch Liberal Party (VVD). He is owner of Rutte Public Affairs, a public affairs company in healthcare and life science.

Arno is a specialist in public affairs and stakeholder management in the complex field of healthcare and life science. He has a specific focus on sustainable healthcare in an aging population. In 2021, he was co-author of the book ‘Value-Based Healthcare: The answer to our future healthcare challenges?’. Arno is also the host of the ‘slimme zorg’ (smart healthcare) podcast.

Chiropractic and Public Health Panel Discussion – panel member
1000 Sunday 29 May

Simon Billings

Simon Billings is the founder of the Academy of Chiropractic Nutrition, a system of nutrition and functional medicine for chiropractors. Delivered online, its focus is the interface between the metabolic side of health and the neuromechanical system, to allow chiropractic care to work optimally. A graduate from the AECC in 2001, in clinical practice Simon splits his time between chiropractic care and a virtual clinic for nutrition/functional medicine.

Virtual clinic:

Vitamin D: A neuromechanical perspective
How vitamin D deficiency is creating your patients’ chronic pain, depression and fatigue
1200 Sunday 28 May

Learning points:

  • The three most common symptoms that occur with Vitamin D deficiency
  • Who is most at risk of deficiency
  • Why supplements don’t always correct deficiency
  • What dose to use to attain optimal levels in relation to neuromechanical issues, pregnancy, breast feeding and children
  • The mechanism behind symptoms
  • Safety and contraindications
  • Which nutrients are synergistic to vitamin D
  • How to get vitamin D safely from sun exposure

Susanne Lynge graduated 1986 from Palmer College and received an MSc. in paediatrics from AECC in 2012. She works full time as a chiropractor and is also the primary investigator and treating chiropractor on a large scale RCT investigating the effect of chiropractic on children with headache, published 2021

The Headache Project
1200 Sunday 29 May

A step-up – management of children with headache, results from an RCT and how to apply it in your practice. This course is designed for the chiropractor who wants to be well prepared for the next child aged 0-18 who comes to the clinic complaining of headache. First, a presentation of a large scale RCT investigating the effect of chiropractic manipulation on children with headache. Then the session will give the clinician knowledge and inspiration on how to obtain a sufficient case history, what is interesting and relevant for different age groups. What do we need to include in the examination? How do we treat children at different age groups? Importance of lifestyle and previous trauma. Red Flags and safety? Advice and when do we need to refer out?

Sidney Rubinstein

Sidney Rubinstein is an associate professor at the VU Amsterdam, and registered epidemiologist. His research focuses on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions for MSK disorders.

The projects that Sidney conducts and supervises are strongly embedded in clinical practice, such as the PTED Trial, Warrior Trial, and IPD meta-analysis on spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). Current projects include a large, international observational study in chiropractic care (BACE-C cohort study), as well as updates of various Cochrane reviews. He is also leading a team designed to provide evidence on the effects of the manual therapies for a WHO global guideline on LBP.

Sidney supervises PhD, MSc and BSc students, and teaches methodology of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. In addition to his academic position, Sidney works concurrently in clinical practice, and is determined to make an impact as to how chiropractors are viewed in society.

‘Ask Away’
1200 Sunday 29 May

This is new format for the ECU Convention. Three researchers from the Vrije University in Amsterdam at different stages in their research career will make themselves available for the attendees to simply “Ask Away”. No question is too big or small!

They will introduce themselves and talk about what they are currently working on and what they would be keen to work on in the future. However, the session will first and foremost be an opportunity to get up close and ask any and all burning questions you have about the practicalities of research. Have you always wondered how Sidney Rubinstein got started in his career? Have you pondered what the daily life as a post doc in a department within a major university looks like for Annemarie de Zoete? Have you contemplated how Lobke de la Ruelle combines practice life with starting a research career? Have you been thinking of entering this world yourself but don’t know where to get started and how? Then this is a session you don’t want to miss.

Annemarie De Zoete

Annemarie De Zoete graduated from AECC in 1990 and in 2001 gained a Masters Degree in Epidemiology at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. She has been involved with research for the last 30 years and  completed her PhD in 2020. She now works part-time as a post-doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and part-time in private practice.

‘Ask Away’
1200 Sunday 29 May

Lobke de la Ruelle graduated from WIOC in 2016 and started working in clinical practice. After obtaining the International Certificate in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC) in 2019, Lobke got involved in the chiropractic research team at the VU in Amsterdam. Her first article on management and guideline adherence is likely be published this year.

At present, Lobke is also working on a qualitative study, investigating the perceived barriers and facilitators for chiropractic care by the elderly. Lobke will commence studying for her PhD in September, during which she will be conducting a Discrete Choice Experiment.

‘Ask Away’
1200 Sunday 29 May