Frequently Asked Questions Research


FAQ About Research


What sort of research is CMCC currently involved in?

CMCC’s Division of Research currently oversees projects aimed at a variety of issues facing chiropractic today. Among the main highlights of our research, we are currently working in the areas of biology, biomechanics and interdisciplinary health dynamics.

Within the sphere of biology, CMCC scientists are currently studying issues in the areas of anatomy and the musculoskeletal system, as well as haematology and microbiology. In biomechanics, we are currently undertaking projects mostly focussing on the area of mechanotransduction. Finally, in interdisciplinary health dynamics, we are looking at the integration of chiropratic into the health care system, and where it stands in relation to other practices, including traditional medicine as well as Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM).

What is mechanotransduction?

Mechanotransduction is the mechanism through which tissues communicate with each other about change. In other words, how cells convert mechanical stimulus (through physical stimulation), into chemical activity (cellular communication), which may lead to more changes within the body.

Where can I find out more about CMCC’s research projects?

CMCC’s Division of Research publishes and maintains a list of current projects on this website. Please follow the Projects link to our current list, which is frequently maintained to showcase our contemporary projects. Additionally, CMCC's Research Reports, found on the Research Publications page, contain periodic summaries of work that was conducted in specific timeframes.

What sorts of institutions collaborate with CMCC?

CMCC conducts research in affiliation with local and international institutions. Among the network of institutions whose researchers are currently working with CMCC’s Division of Research are: McMaster, the University of Toronto, the University of Vermont and Columbia University in New York.

Does CMCC have a Research Ethics Board (REB) or Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

Yes, CMCC houses a Research Ethics Board (REB) which oversees all institutional projects. The REB polices research protocols to ensure their adherence to CMCC’s Research Policy, as well as to the Tri-Council Policy Statement and other related initiatives, such as the US Code of Federal Regulations, regarding research.

When does the REB meet?

CMCC’s REB meets once a month, subject to quorum. A research protocol that is submitted to the REB should be given a grace period of at least two months, or about 60 days, before the submitting investigators can expect an approval, although it can take longer. 

Can anyone submit research to CMCC’s REB?
Outside entities may submit protocols to CMCC’s REB, however this may be subject to a processing fee. We encourage you to contact the Office of Research Administration to learn more at

Why work with CMCC?
CMCC’s Division of Research is committed to providing an open and safe environment of inquiry and debate. It is also dedicated to promoting professional unity and inter-professional integration. With this mission in mind, we believe we offer the best atmosphere to engage in cutting edge research that reinforces the integrity of chiropractic, as well as broadening the understanding of the field and disseminating that knowledge. If you share our vision, we invite you to be proactive and work alongside us.

Where is the Division of Research located?
The Division of Research is located on CMCC campus at 6100 Leslie Street at the south wing of the faculty area on the lower floor. 

Who can I contact if I have a great idea that I would like to develop with CMCC?
All research at CMCC must start at one place, namely, the Office of Research Administration (ORA). Please feel free to contact the ORA by email at, or by phone at 416 482 2340, extension 267.