11th Annual IRAPSCall for Abstracts: Deadline June 1, 2014

11th Annual International
Research and Philosophy Symposium October 18-19, 2014

Sherman College of Chiropractic will host the 11th annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS), the only peer-reviewed conference on vertebral subluxation research and the philosophy of chiropractic. The conference will be held October 18-19 on the campus of Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The theme this year is The Future of Subluxation-Centered Chiropractic. It is a pivotal time in the history of the chiropractic profession. The role of philosophy and research will play important roles in defining the profession for the future. The theme is designed to allow participants to orient their papers and their poster presentations towards the future. Where is subluxation-centered chiropractic going? What role will research play? How will the philosophy adapt? How might we help to ensure that subluxation-centered chiropractic not only survives but thrives? The theme will set the tone for the conference, which will include a keynote speaker, who will offer a vision for chiropractic's future in research and philosophy.

The goal of IRAPS 2014 is to bring together the leaders in philosophy and research centered on the vertebral subluxation to build a stronger academic community worldwide. Our hope is to foster a view that the chiropractic profession continue to be:

  • Centered on vertebral subluxation
  • Based on vitalism
  • Dedicated to research
  • Developing a discipline of philosophy

This year's symposium will include: a) expert panels who will discuss some of the most critical issues related to chiropractic today, and b) workshops to help you grow and broaden your skill sets in research and philosophy. These workshops include:

    • Eric Zielinski and Jon Chung: Writing a case study for publication
    • Simon Senzon:  Documenting the history of our philosophy

Call for Abstracts
Topics may include areas of terminology, politics, research agenda, analysis and adjusting technique, and educational issues.

Submission Requirements
Abstracts should be limited to 300 words and submitted electronically. Also submit a current vitae showing educational and other scholarly accomplishments. Each double-spaced abstract should include the author's name and contact information, including email, as well as the following sections:

Introduction – introduce the topic; discuss previous relevant literature on your topic, and state the purpose of your presentation.
Methods – how you gathered your information
Discussion – interpret your findings and indicate how they might relate to previous findings in the literature. Identify limitations to your findings
Conclusion – identify your take home message and the direction future research could take regarding your topic

Examples of past IRAPS abstracts can be found at: http://www.mccoypress.net/annals/docs/2011-1179_iraps2011.pdf  

Email your abstract to jhart@sherman.edu  Also submit a current CV showing educational and other scholarly accomplishments. 

If your submission is accepted, you will be allocated time for an oral presentation after which, a brief time for Q & A from the audience will be allowed.

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be emailed to individuals by July 31, 2014.

Stacy BradeyFor more information, contact Continuing Education:
Stacy Bradey
Director of Continuing Education
800-849-8771 x 229
864-578-8770 x 229

Thank you to the Sponsors
of IRAPS 2013


Seattle Research Institute



foundation for Vertebral Subluxation

Mccoy PRess