European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE)

ECCRE is a European research centre established through a co-operation between the European Chiropractors' Union (ECU), the Danish Chiropractic Association (DKF) and the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB)


The ECCRE is to become a European leader in facilitating research of relevance to the chiropractic profession and patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

The ECCRE is to establish an evidence-based foundation for the development of chiropractic principles and practice in the European Countries.

During its meeting in connection with the ECU convention in Cyprus, the board of the European Centre for Chiropractic Excellence (ECCRE) considered the applications for research grant received in 2017. After careful consideration, the board decided to award grants to two research projects, sharing almost EUR 100,000 between the two projects.


The decision brought smiles on the faces of Norwegian researcher Ellen Aartun and Danish researcher Lise Vilstrup Holm; they head the two projects, which have been awarded grants by ECCRE in this year’s distribution of research funds by the organisation.


ellen aartunEllen Aartun and her co-investigators receive EUR 55,479.00 as co-funding of their research project “Development of an ICF-based assessment schedule for manual medicine”.


According to Ellen Aartun, current assessment methods focus mainly on the biomedical perspective of health conditions, while failing to address issues related to social engagement. Aartun et. al. aim to develop an assessment schedule, which captures the complex nature of disability in patients with low back pain who are treated with manual medicine in the form of manipulation and mobilization.


The need for such a tool arises because manual medicine clinicians currently have no instruments or methods available to comprehensively document and assess the functioning and disability of patients with low back pain. The development of the new tool will rectify this situation, provide the means to collect clinical and research disability data across borders and professions and assist clinicians in developing treatment plans, which target the functional needs of patients. This will improve clinicians’ management of patients. The grant will be paid out in one instalment.


Lise Vilstrup HolmLise Vilstrup Holm and her co-investigators receive EUR 43,683.00 as co-funding of the research project “The effect of chiropractic treatment on infantile colic: a randomized controlled single-blind trial”


Infantile colic is a common condition during early childhood, affecting around one of six new-borns. The condition is characterized by inconsolable crying and fussing in otherwise healthy thriving infants aged 2 to 16 weeks. The aetiology of infantile colic still remains to be established. Increasingly, chiropractic treatment is requested and performed on babies with symptoms of infantile colic, yet we know little about the effect. The main purpose of this project is to investigate the effect of chiropractic treatment on infantile colic and to contribute to establish the effect of this treatment on infantile colic in an area where limited evidence exists.


The results of the study will be highly relevant for all new parents seeking chiropractic care for their child’s colic. Furthermore, the results will support healthcare professionals in guidance of parents on an evidence based level, which does not exist on a sufficient level today. The grant will be paid out in two instalments in 2017 and 2018.


The deadline for applications for research grants from ECCRE in 2018 is Monday, February 1st, 2018. You can find the relevant forms on