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.

When the Danish Chiropractor's Association (DKF) rejoined the European Chiropractor's Union (ECU), it was decided to establish a European research institute, the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE), and place it at the Nordic Institute for Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB) in Odense, Denmark.


The aim of the new research institute is to contribute to further development and strengthening of musculoskeletal research in Europe. Placing the research institute at NIKKB will undoubtedly contribute towards that goal because of the possible synergies between researchers at NIKKB and ECCRE.


ECCRE was formally founded in connection with the ECU Convention in May 2016 in Oslo, Norway. The stakeholders ECU and DKF have appointed a board for ECCRE, consisting of two representatives from DKF and two from ECU. DKF appointed Lone Kousgaard Jørgensen and Michael Christensen to the board, while Vasileios Gkolfinopoulos, President of ECU and Rishi Loatey, Treasurer of ECU, were appointed by ECU.


Strategy, Policy and Bylaws

The strategy, policy and bylaws of ECCRE are outlined in the documents Strategy and Policy (PDF) and ECCRE Bylaws (PDF) (click on the links to open and read the strategy, policy and bylaws)


Research grant

Once a year ECCRE invites researchers from the ECU member countries to apply for grants for musculoskeletal research. If you wish to apply for a grant, you can download the relevant forms following these links:

Grant application form (Word)

Budget application form (Excel)


The deadline for applying for a grant from ECCRE will be annnounced in the NEWS section below and in the ECCRE calendar above. The completed application form, budget application form and appendicies must be submitted to

Reporting forms:

Progress report (Word)
Final report (Word)

General contact

To contact ECCRE, please use the postal adress or mail adress below:



c/o Nordisk Institut for Kiropraktik og Klinisk Biomekanik

Syddansk Universitet

Campusvej 55

5230 Odense M




Danish researcher spotlights back pain in the EU parliament

In February 2019, the European Chiropractors’ Union had arranged to meet a group of EU-parliamentarians for a discussion of MSK-problems and back pain.


Back pain is not just a physical problem, it is very much a social and societal problem, Professor, Senior researcher and chiropractor Jan Hartvigsen told a group of Members of the EU-parliament (MEP) from Finland, Greece, Hungary and Belgium during a presentation of MSK-problems and back pain in the European Parliament. See the full presentation here:


Other members of the ECU delegation were ECU chairman Vasileios Gkolfinopoulos, Jakob Lothe from Norway; Gitte Tønner,…

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Don’t forget to apply for grants from ECCRE

Just a quick reminder that there is still time to apply for a research grant fromECCRE.


The deadline for applications is January 1st 2019. You can find the relevant applications forms in the Research Grant section above.

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ECU councillors visited Denmark
ECU councillors visited Denmark

On November 1st, a group of councillors from ECU undertook a small tour of Denmark.


After an early meeting in Copenhagen, the councillors, together with representatives from the Danish Chiropractor’s Association, visited NIKKB, ECCRE and the University of Southern Denmark.


Here they were treated to a guided tour by Jan Hartvigsen from SDU and NIKKB and Henrik Hein Lauridsen from SDU, before being hosted by NIKKB’s Managing director, Henrik Wulff Christensen.


The ECU representatives listened to presentations by Jan Hartvigsen, Henrik Hein Lauridsen and Søren O’Neill from the Spine Centre of Southern Denmark on a variety of…

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Alice Kongsted and Bart Koes appointed Professors at the University of Southern Denmark
Alice Kongsted, Senior Researcher at NIKKB and Associate Professor at the Department for Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, has been appointed Professor with special obligations (wso) of Musculoskeletal Research in Primary Care at the Research Unit of Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark.
Bart Koes’ has been appointed Professor of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Primary Care at the Center for Muscle and Joint Health, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark.
Alice Kongsted and Bart Koes's appointment is officially marked with a joint appointment seminar on November 14th at 15:00 in Auditorium o100,…

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10th World congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain to be held in 2019
The 10th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain is held from October 28th -31st 2019 in Antwerp, Belgium.
The congress, which has Professor at the University of southern Denmark and Senior Researchers at NIKKB, Jan Hartvigsen, on the scientific committee, is the only truly multidisciplinary conference on lumbopelvic pain.
The deadline for submission of an abstract to the congress is December 20th 2018. Read the guidelines here:
If you wish to be kept informed, you can subscribe to the congress newsletter and you will be automatically updated on the latest news:

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Read about award winning presentations from ECU Convention 2018
Unable to make to the ECU Convention in Budapest last spring? Now you can read about the award winning oral presentations and poster presentations from the convention in a new paper in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies titled ECU Convention 2018 Congress proceedings.
The paper is laid out as an overview of the award winning presentations in the form of abstracts from each presentation. 
The election of the award winning presentations was sponsored by ECCRE.

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Remember to submit abstracts for WFC/ECU Congress 2019


Be aware that the deadline for submitting abstracts and posters for the 2019 WFC/ECU Congress is october 1st 2018



Read the general information and information about submission of abstracts and posters here:



Abstracts and posters must be submitted via this link: 

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Read the latest edition of the CARL newsletter

CARL, the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership, recently published the third edition of its newsletter.


In the newsletter, Martha Funabashi writes about the 2nd CARL residential, which took place in Edmonton In April, the mentors, Greg Kawchuk, Jan Hartvigsen and Jon Adams provides an overview of the Edmonton residential from the mentors’ perspective and you can read about the highlights provided by each individual CARL fellow.


In addition there are overviews of publications, abstracts and projects involving CARL Fellows – and they are a very productive group!


Read all about it here

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ECCRE-funded research projects generally well underway

In 2016, following its first ever call for applications for funding from its research fund, ECCRE awarded its first grants to European Research grants in the musculoskeletal field. ECCRE grants are awarded as co-funding, and with the two projects that have been awarded grants in 2018, mentioned below, ECCRE have to date awarded grants to a total of eight research projects covering a wide range of subjects.


The research projects are generally well underway; five of the six projects which received funding from ECCRE in 2016 and 2017 are progressing according to schedule. All Principal Investigators have submitted their…

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Deadline ECCRE Grant applications 2019

The deadline for applying for a grant from ECCRE in 2019 is 1 January 2019.

If you want to apply for a grant, you can download the relevant forms following these links:

Grant application form

Budget application form

The completed application forms and appendicies must be submitted to

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ECCRE awards funding to two research projects in 2018

The board of ECCRE, the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence, has decided to award grants to two research projects in 2018.


The two projects, which have been part-funded by grants from ECCRE, are:


Development of a core outcome set for Pelvic Girdle Pain; A systematic review, qualitative interviews and Delphi consensus study by Francesca Wuytack PhD, postdoc at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and her co-investigators


Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is a common problem and a major cause of disability worldwide with large costs because it can stop people from continuing daily…

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Interested in doing research i Switzerland?

Then take a look at this exciting opportunity: The Department for Chiropractic Medicine at the Faculty for Medicine at the University of Zürich and Balgrist Universty Hospital in Zürich, Switzerland seeks to fill two positions of international chiropractic research fellows. Read more in this job advert: Research positions Zürich

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CARL is busy around the clock

CARL Fellows work on joint projects 24/7 – literally. Due to the geographical grouping of the fellows at least one fellow is always ready to work on a project at a given time during the day.


The CARL Fellows reveal this in their latest newsletter, which has just been released and the mental image of fellows working all the time illustrates the activity level in the group very well; all the fellows have been very busy since the release of the first newsletter in the summer of 2017.


CARL Fellows have authored or co-authored three published papers, with…

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First CARL newsletter is published

Today the first CARL newsletter is published. You can read it by following the link below. There are loads of interesting stuff in the newsletter, so don’t miss it!


In the newsletter, the three mentors, Professor Jon Adams, Professor Greg Kawchuk and Professor Jan Hartvigsen outline the background and the aims for CARL, and each of the CARL fellows give a short description of their work.


You can also read about ongoing CARL projects and upcoming events. Enjoy!


CARL newsletter issue 1

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ECCRE awards grants to two research projects in 2017
ECCRE awards grants to two research projects in 2017

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 Aartun and her co-investigators receive EUR…

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Would you like to be a part of CARL?

Would you like to be a part of the exciting new programme Carl (The Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership)? Then read the programme overview and guidelines in the link below; if you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply, you must complete and return an official CARL Program Application Form (see the link below) and accompanying brief CV (max. 2 pages) to by midnight January 1st 2017.


CARL Program and Guidelines

CARL Application Form

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ECCRE supports four research projects in 2016
ECCRE supports four research projects in 2016

The European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE) has awarded grants to four research projects in 2016, following its first ever call for applications for funding from its research grant.


European researchers wanting to apply for research funds from its research pool, which was established in connection with the ECU Convention in Oslo earlier this year, showed great interest in the research grant: ECCRE received 13 applications and granted a total of 308.269 € to the four research projects selected.


The 4 research projects, which will receive funding from ECCRE, are:


 Mauritz W. van Tulder and…

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