WSC Research Committee

O’Dane Brady
O’Dane Brady

Research interests

• Implementation of evidence-based spine care
• Clinical and shared decision making
• Integrative health care
• Neuromusculoskeletal disability

Bio

O’Dane Brady completed a bachelor of science in biology and completed his chiropractic studies and a master’s degree in health services administration at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. In March of 2013 he joined World Spine Care where he now serves as the Botswana clinical director. O’Dane continues his work in managed care where he aids in framing clinical practice guidelines for the management of spinal disorders and health services related to physical and occupational therapy. His research interests include the conservative management of spinal pain, integrative care, and health services related to musculoskeletal disorders.

odanebrady@gmail.com

Michelle Boyle

Bio

Michelle has conducted social and environmental research in a variety of contexts and cultural settings. As Research Coordinator for World Spine Care her main roles are to implement and manage data collection at the clinical level and to facilitate the organization’s research efforts.

Tim Ford

Research Interests

• Health systems research as pertains to alternative, low cost interventions for musculoskeletal conditions

Bio

Growing up in a rural African community, Dr Ford became interested in the delivery of quality health services to underserved communities at an early age. This led to Dr Ford completing his Masters in Chiropractic at the Durban University of technology in South Africa in 2013, where he sought to establish the attitudes and roles that South African chiropractors may play in public health, with particular focus on health promotion and disease prevention.
Timothy has had previous experience in the public health care sector in South Africa where he spent 3 months of internship at various departments of a South African District Hospital.
After qualifying, Timothy travelled to Australia to complete the Australian Chiropractic boards before returning to Africa to take on the role of clinic supervisor in Botswana for one and half years.

Stefan Eberspaecher

Research Interests

• Cartilage and osteoarthritis
• Nutrition, metabolism and nutrient deficiencies
• Psychological/ personality traits and their impact on health
• Infectious disease including Chikungunya and Dengue
• Radiography and advanced imaging

Bio

Dr. Stefan Eberspaecher graduated from CMCC in 2005. Prior to this he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Guelph. Shortly after graduating from CMCC he moved to Australia where he spent the best part of five years in private practice on the east coast just outside of sub-tropical Brisbane. Since returning to Canada Stefan has been a locum chiropractor travelling all around Ontario. This has afforded him the opportunity to work in many difference styles of practice and with a wide variety of patients. Dr. Eberspaecher jumped on the opportunity to supervise the WSC clinic in Moca, Domincan Republic, where he is now known as Dr. Estaban by the locals.

Scott Haldeman

Research Interests

• Spinal disorders epidemiology – prevalence, burden, risk factors and co-morbidities
• Spine care – evidence based guidelines and models of care
• Assessment of spinal disorders – clinical examination and electrophysiology testing

Bio

Scott Haldeman holds the positions of Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine.
He is Past President of the North American Spine Society, the American Back Society, the North American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, and the Orange County Neurological Society, and is currently Chairman Emeritus of the Research Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic. He is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Board of Electroencephalography and Neurophysiology and the American Board of Clinical Physiology. He also served on the US department of Health AHCPR Clinical Guidelines Committee on Acute Low Back Problems in Adults as well as four other Clinical Guidelines Committees. He presided over The Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders.

Scott Haldeman sits on the editorial boards of six journals, and has published over 200 articles or book chapters, over 70 scientific abstracts, and has authored or edited seven books. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Western States Chiropractic College. He received the David Selby Award from the North American Spine Society. A resident of Santa Ana, California, he maintains an active clinical practice.

Jan Hartvigsen
Jan Hartvigsen

Bio

Jan Hartvigsen is Professor and Head of the Research Unit for Clinical Biomechanics at the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics. He is also Co-Director of the Graduate School of Physical Activity and Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Southern Denmark and Adjunct Research Professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Minneapolis, MN, USA. Jan oversees a comprehensive research program dealing with the epidemiological, basic science, clinical, and health service aspects of musculoskeletal disorders with a focus on spine pain and disability at the University of Southern Denmark.

Jan Hartvigsen is Professor and Head of the Research Unit for Clinical Biomechanics at the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics. He is also Co-Director of the Graduate School of Physical Activity and Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Southern Denmark and Adjunct Research Professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Minneapolis, MN, USA. Jan oversees a comprehensive research program dealing with the epidemiological, basic science, clinical, and health service aspects of musculoskeletal disorders with a focus on spine pain and disability at the University of Southern Denmark.

Jan is a Section Editor for Bio Med Central Musculoskeletal Disorders and he is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and also Chiropractic and Manual therapies. He is a member of the International Organizing Committee of the Forum for Research on Low Back Pain in Primary Care. He has served as expert advisor to the Danish Board of Health in health technology assessments dealing with back pain and shoulder surgery, and he recently served as expert advisor to the Norwegian government in issues relating to chiropractic education.

Jan Hartvigsen has authored or co-authored over 60 papers including 11 systematic reviews in leading health science scientific journals. He has presented research at many conferences in Europe, North America and Australia often as an invited speaker.

Maria Hondras

Research Interests

Qualitative research related to:
• Burden of musculoskeletal conditions in developing country settings;
• Ageing with musculoskeletal conditions;
• Community-based programmes for musculoskeletal health; and,
• Patient/provider encounters for manual therapies

Bio

Maria Hondras, DC, MPH, PhD has 25 years experience as a manual therapist, teaching epidemiology and evidence-based medicine in chiropractic graduate and post-graduate programs, and conducting clinical trials in chiropractic. She has conducted workshops in epidemiology, evidence-based medicine and trial management in North America, Europe and Australia.

Maria graduated from National College of Chiropractic (now National University of Health Sciences) in Illinois, earned her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her PhD in health sciences with a second diploma in social studies in medicine from the University of Southern Denmark. She has served leadership roles in the American Public Health Association Chiropractic Health Care Section and the Cochrane Collaboration Complementary Medicine Field, and she serves as grant reviewer and peer reviewer for several national and international organizations and professional journals.

Maria has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific articles including six systematic reviews in leading health science scientific journals. She has presented research findings at conferences in Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America, often as an invited speaker. Her current research interests are focused on community-based, culturally informed perspectives about the everyday lives of people living with and caring for people living with muscle, bone and joint conditions in underserved populations.

Eric Hurwitz
Eric Hurwitz

Research Interests

• Epidemiology and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and chronic diseases
• Safety and effectiveness of therapeutic and preventive interventions
• Methods in observational and clinical epidemiology

Bio

Eric Hurwitz is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences of John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. He graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (Southern California University of Health Sciences) in 1988 and subsequently received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Epidemiology from UCLA. Dr. Hurwitz’s research interests include the epidemiology and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and chronic diseases; the interrelationships of psychosocial, behavioral, and immune factors in the etiology and prognosis of physical and psychological pain; the safety and effectiveness of therapeutic and preventive interventions; and methods in observational and clinical epidemiology. He has served as principal or co-investigator on several pioneering epidemiologic and health services research projects, including randomized clinical trials and systematic reviews of chiropractic care and other interventions for low-back and neck pain.

Eric has authored or coauthored six book chapters and more than 80 scientific articles in leading medical, chiropractic, and public health journals. The American Chiropractic Association named him 2003 Researcher of the Year, and with coauthors in 2006, received medical and interventional science awards from the North American Spine Society. Dr. Hurwitz and coauthors won the ISSLS Prize from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine in 2006 and 2009.

Eric recently served on the Scientific Secretariat of The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders, and is currently a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Behavioral Medicine, Interventions and Outcomes Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.

Deborah Kopansky-Giles
Deborah Kopansky-Giles

Research Interests

• Primary health care delivery models (integrated health care models)
• New models of health professional education/training (interprofessional education)
• Health professional competencies for collaborative practice and musculoskeletal disorder management
• Patient reported outcomes research

Bio

Deborah Kopansky-Giles is a chiropractor/ clinician scientist on staff in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM), St. Michael’s Hospital and a professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Department of Graduate Education and Research. Deborah divides her time between developing and managing education and research initiatives in the department at the Hospital, conducting research on models of care delivery and interprofessional education, consulting and lecturing internationally, publishing peer reviewed papers, and volunteering in professional offices and in private practice. At present, she is the principal investigator for two large health integration projects and several interprofessional education research initiatives. Her current Masters thesis is examining interprofessional collaboration competencies in health professional education.

Deborah has been involved on numerous local, national and international advisory groups, councils, committees, conference planning committees, working groups and networks over the past two decades. She represents Canada on the World Federation of Chiropractic and the profession worldwide on the WHO Bone and Joint Decade. As well Deborah is on the editorial review board for three peer-reviewed journals.

Margareta Nordin
Margareta Nordin

Research Interests

• Spine pain
• Prevention of disability
• Multidisciplinary research
• Evidence based medicine
• Transfer of knowledge to different cultures

Bio

Margareta Nordin, Dr. Med. Sci., PT, CIE, is Research Professor, Departments of Orthopaedics and Environmental Medicine, Graduate School of Arts and Science and School of Medicine, New York University, New York, New York, USA. She is the founder and past director of the Occupational and Industrial Orthopedic Center, Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York University. She has written five books, published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, participated in seven national or international based task forces on spine pain and received multiple awards among them The Volvo Award, The Woodbridge Award, The Grammer Award, Junior Nobel Faculty Lecturer. Dr. Nordin was the first woman President of ISSLS 1999-2000. She was Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institute (2008-2014), the Polytechnic University Hong Kong (2008-2010) and currently at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.She is the Chair of EuroSpine Taskforce Research (TFR), a member of the Bone and Joint Decade International Coordinating Council (ICC) as first physical therapist joining the ICC, The main focus of her research is treatment and prevention of disability for work related and work related musculoskeletal injuriesand ailments She has a specific interest in disseminating evidence based, low cost, effective and efficient non-surgical treatment for spine pain and to return individuals to work, to functional ability and to participation in the community.

Geoff Outerbridge

Research Interests

• Clinical outcomes and their measurement
• Evidence based guidelines and models of care for spinal disorders
• Conservative management of spinal disorders – strategies and mechanisms of injury.

Bio

Geoff Outerbridge received a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics and a M.Sc. in neuroscience from the University of Guelph. He began his career working for the University of Waterloo as the on-site coordinator at General Motors for the Ontario Universities Back Pain Study, a research study examining the causes of back pain in industry. In 1996 he started an ergonomics consulting company to offer his knowledge and experience to clients in a wide range of environments including mining, assembly line and office. In addition to ergonomics consulting and running a personal training business, he attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College from which he graduated in 2001. From 2001, to 2011, Geoff owned a successful multidisciplinary health clinic in Ottawa that integrated chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, rehabilitation, and family medicine. He sold his practice in 2011 to volunteer with World Spine and moved his family to Botswana to establish WSC’s flagship clinics in Mahalapye and Shoshong. He returned from Botswana in 2013 and has remained with WSC as the clinical director. Geoff continues to help establish and supervise WSC clinics around the world.