IRAPS-logo-color-2.5inRenowned researchers and philosophers will join forces in October for the 11th annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) at Sherman College of Chiropractic. This year’s symposium will be held October 17-19 on the Sherman College campus in Spartanburg, SC, with a theme of “The Future of Subluxation-Centered Chiropractic.”

The symposium is designed to bring together the leaders in chiropractic philosophy and research centered on the vertebral subluxation to build a stronger academic community worldwide. The symposium aims 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

Because it is a pivotal time in the history of the chiropractic profession, philosophy and research will play important roles in defining the profession for the future. This year’s IRAPS theme is designed to allow participants to orient their papers and poster presentations toward the future.

New to the symposium this year are workshops to help doctors of chiropractic grow and broaden their skill sets in research and philosophy, as well as expert panels to discuss some of the most critical issues related to chiropractic today. Workshops include “Documenting the History of Our Philosophy” with Dr. Simon Senzon and “Writing a Case Study for Publication” with Dr. Jon Chung and student Eric Zielinski.

Dr. Micheal Lenarz will moderate an Upper Cervical Panel Discussion featuring Drs. Julie Mayer-Hunt, Andy Roberts, and Charles Woodfield. Dr. Peter Kevorkian will moderate a Pediatric Panel Discussion featuring Drs. Ron Castellucci, Christopher Kent, Martin Rosen and Elizabeth Peacock. Dr. Bill Decken will moderate a Full Spine Panel Discussion featuring Drs. Daniel Vaden, Eric Jaszewski, Andreas Soderstrom and Nick Spano.

Registration is open and continuing education credit will be available; for additional information about the symposium, go to or contact Director of Continuing Education Stacy Bradey at or 800-849-8771, ext. 229.