The World Spine Care (WSC) research committee is comprised of research scientists and clinicians from eight different countries. The team is led by co-chairs Margareta Nordin and Eric Hurwitz and its full time members include Francesca Wuytack (secretary), Pierre Côté, Stefan Eberspaecher, Scott Haldeman, Jan Hartvigsen, Maria Hondras, Deborah Kopansky-Giles, Geoff Outerbridge, and Vincent Setlhare with ad hoc members; Afua Adjei–kwayisi, Aline Bidlingmeyer, O’Dane Brady, Raquel Rojo Delgado, Timothy Ford, Nadine Harrison, Greg Kawchuk, Stephen Laski, Jean Moss, and Steven Passmore.
The research committee is responsible for overseeing WSC’s research agenda, moving the research program forward; as well as attracting graduate students and researchers who are interested in developing research projects for, with or about WSC. Furthermore, the research committee aims to identify potential funding sources and opportunities, disseminate its research findings (through publication and presentation), and support its research partners including supervision of student researchers. The research committee also works closely with the WSC clinical team to coordinate and advise WSC clinical operations and documentation and to facilitate development of clinically relevant research questions.
The research committee includes a healthy mixture of researchers and clinicians from diverse disciplines including chiropractic, epidemiology, medicine, physical therapy, qualitative health sciences, and public health. The WSC nongovernmental organization is a relatively new organization and research committee members are not compensated monetarily by WSC for their work. Committee members are assigned for a period of three years with the possibility of volunteering for an additional three years. Although the committee has limited its membership to 12, the research committee welcomes researchers and clinicians with special interests serving underserved populations.
Individuals interested in joining the research committee must first participate in a WSC research or clinical project. The research committee will then review the applicant’s curriculum vitae (CV) and letter of interest. After review, final approval is made by the research committee at large. A committee member must be active to remain on the committee (i.e. participate in committee meetings and assigned activities).
Institutions or individuals interested in working with the WSC research committee or performing research at a WSC clinical site are invited to contact one of the committee co-chairs. A teleconference will then be scheduled so the researcher can present their idea. If the idea is deemed feasible, the researcher will be invited to present their research project before the research committee at one of their monthly meetings. If the proposed project is for a degree-granting program (e.g. Master’s, PhD) or affiliated with an educational institution or health care organization, WSC will request proof of university Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethics Committee approval before full approval by the WSC research committee. Independent researchers without institutional affiliation are also asked to furnish an approval letter from an independent IRB/Ethics Committee. If the WSC research committee approves the formal protocol, the committee will provide organizational support and information. However, no financial support is available from WSC. For more information on the approval process for research protocols click here.