Research Overview

CMCC is recognised as one of the most innovative chiropractic institutions in North America, focusing on basic and applied neuromusculoskeletal research.

Faculty and students conduct research across a broad span of topics that extend from the biological sciences (e.g., disc regenerative biology, cellular inflammatory mechanisms, and models of joint disease) to applied mechanics (e.g., joint biomechanics, spinal manipulation and elastography of soft tissues). CMCC’s research into interprofessional practice has earned international recognition. Faculty research in this area has included using systems dynamics to explore jurisdictional control in healthcare delivery and the influence of chiropractors on the health of Canadians.

McMorland Family Research Chair in Mechanobiology

According to Health Canada, eight out of 10 Canadians will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. In Ontario alone, low back pain costs an estimated $1.2 billion annually and is a leading cause of long-term disability.

CMCC created the McMorland Family Research Chair in Mechanobiology to investigate spine instability, degeneration and joint dysfunction/subluxation and the impact of everyday activities on spine health.

Director of the Human Performance Laboratories Dr. Samuel Howarth, holds the Chair position and has set an overarching agenda for the labs to study movement, both high performance and those used in day to day tasks.

Research Publications

CMCC releases publications on a regular basis that serve of interest to CMCC alumni and the greater chiropractic community as a whole, which includes a Research Report:

Research Report



Research Report 2015-2018