Special event features guest-speakers, celebrates West research tradition

Special event features guest-speakers, celebrates West research tradition

The Research Club at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., recently hosted a special “Research Night” event that drew several-dozen members of the West community to hear presentations by students, faculty and administrators.

Guest speakers among the West faculty and campus-administration included: Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C. (West ’82), West campus president (who presented a summary on the history of chiropractic research); Greg Snow, D.C. (West ’90), dean of Clinics; Robert Cooperstein, D.C., coordinator of research and technique; and Edward Feinberg, D.C. (West ’84), West campus professor.

Student presenters included Research Club President Felisha Truong, and fellow students Madison Thompson and Iannick Rémillard, who were introduced by Vivie Bojilov, Research Club vice president.

“One of the biggest reasons we wanted to start the Research Club was to host an event like this: a night to spotlight and celebrate Palmer West’s deep-rooted history and leadership in the field of chiropractic research,” said Truong, who was a “platform presenter” at this year’s Association of Chiropractic Colleges-Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) for a paper co-published with Dr. Cooperstein.

“We have so many amazing, talented professors who have published numerous papers, and presented multiple research projects during their long and distinguished careers in the chiropractic profession. We wanted a night to come together, and share the past and present of Palmer’s chiropractic-research achievements,” added Truong, who earned her B.Sc. (medical biochemistry) from the University of British Columba.

The Palmer West Research Night event featured presentations from West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C. (top); Research Club President Felisha Truong (above); West Campus Dean of Clinics Greg Snow, D.C. (below), as well as other student- and faculty-speakers.

The Vancouver, B.C., native also serves as community services director of the current West campus Associated Student Government, and will continue her ASG service as the newly elected vice president for the 2018-2019 executive council.

“Club-members share a passion about chiropractic research,” said Bojilov, a University of British Columbia graduate (Bachelor of Kinesiology), who also is a member of the West Campus Guides, and joins Truong as an executive officer on the 2018-2019 ASG.

“Our goal with the Research Club is to position chiropractors as the leaders of musculoskeletal health care by helping to provide students with the skills and abilities to critically analyze research, so we can provide our patients with the best evidenced-based care when we graduate.”

“Advancing the profession through evidence-based chiropractic research has been part of Palmer’s West’s institutional DNA since the founding of our campus,” said Dr. Meeker, who was appointed to the inaugural Palmer West Division of Research in 1983. His career achievements have garnered “Chiropractor of the Year” as well as “Researcher of the Year” honors from the American Chiropractic Association, the California Chiropractic Association, the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, among others.

“Many of the advancements that the profession has achieved during the past four decades can be attributed to positive outcomes of Palmer-associated studies, and through the work of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research,” added Dr. Meeker, who, prior to his appointment as president of Palmer’s West campus in 2007, served 12 years as the vice president for research, and as director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, based at the main campus in Davenport, Iowa.

“I’ve devoted much of my Palmer career to research-related endeavors, so I feel a great deal of pride to see the students of today share the same energy and interest in chiropractic research that has been a part of the Palmer West tradition throughout our campus history.”

“I am thankful for the great turnout at Research Night, for the presenters, and, especially, our Research Club co-advisors, Dr. Cooperstein and Denise Ulett (West campus branch manager librarian),” said Truong, who hopes to organize another Research Night event this year.

“We were overwhelmed by the turnout, and one thing is very clear: the students of Palmer West truly value research, and understand its importance to the future of our profession!”