The Chiropractic Research Council (CRC) is unwavering in its stance in supporting chiropractic research and researchers and the benefit that this has to our patients and the public. This will continue during this difficult time as we all face the challenge of Coronavirus, COVID-19.
In light of these unprecedented circumstances, many of our research activities will be delayed as our leading researchers take up clinical roles in frontline healthcare, easing demand on NHS MSK healthcare specialists. Additionally, some of our ongoing studies that are dependent on data collection from patient cohorts will also be delayed.
Sadly, we have had to cancel this year’s Programme for Early Researchers in Chiropractic (PERC 2020), the new-graduate internship scheme that we have run successfully in 2018 and 2019 in affiliation with Versus Arthritis and a network of leading MSK academic institutions. Similarly, the Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) initiative, supported in part by the CRC, will not be hosting its residential workshop in Sydney, Australia this spring.
We are enormously grateful to the ongoing support that our contributors make to the CRC, particularly the members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), each and every one of whom contributes annually to the CRC. Without you, none of these activities could go ahead.
Regrettably, none of us know how long these unprecedented circumstances will last, but our commitment to developing research capacity for the benefit of our patients endures, and we will resume our activities with renewed vigour just as soon as we can.