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Dr. Allan Gotlib awarded the Order of Canada

By |July 3, 2012|News|

Source The Canadian Chiropractic Association Bulletin

Alan Gotlib, C.M.Dr. Allan Gotlib, director of Research Programs and editor of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association has been awarded the Order of Canada for his work developing the profession’s research capacity.

The Governor General announced this year’s recipients last Friday, June 29th.

Dr. Gotlib has been named a Member of the Order of Canada. The Member designation recognizes achievements in a particular field, in this case health.

The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 5,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

Allan’s work on behalf of the profession for more than two decades has been groundbreaking. He has facilitated the establishment of university-based chiropractic professorships and research chairs across the country, he serves as executive vice-president of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation, and has been pivotal in creating the profession’s research Consortium.

Dr. Gotlib has held many Committee positions including Executive Committee for the Canadian Cochrane Network and Center, CIHR President’s Voluntary Sector Committee, president of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, Deputy Judges Council in Ontario, and bencher on the Law Society of Upper Canada.

He is a past full professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and maintains membership in the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and the Canadian Pediatric Society.

In 2006, he received the Chiropractor of the Year award from the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the highest award given by the association in Ontario. In 2007, he received the Canadian Chiropractic Association Medal of Merit, the highest award given by the profession in Canada and, in 2007 he received the Homewood Professorship from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, its highest academic award.

Chiropractic Research Capacity in Canada in 2008

By |May 4, 2010|Research|

Source Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association December ’09 (PDF)


These findings are based on a two part survey that went out to Canadian chiropractors in the field and then to chiropractors with post-graduate training.

The main findings of the first part of the survey were that there were 94 chiropractors who either have or are in the process of completing a master’s degree, along with 30 who either possess or are completing a PhD. Most of these are found in Ontario and Quebec.

The second part of the survey found that there were 20 full time chiropractic researchers and 55 part time researchers. Again, the vast majority of these were found in Ontario and Quebec. Among the full time researchers 8 were conducting clinical research, 9 were doing epidemiological research, 6 were neurophysiologists, and there were 4 biomechanists. Ten of the full time researchers indicated receiving government funding for their work, 5 received institutional funding, 3 received private funding, and 4 received funding from the profession.


While still few in numbers, it appears that a core group of highly dedicated researchers with clinical training in chiropractic is ready to undertake collaborative research. Professorships and Research Chairs in major universities across the country are now being established, including the recently announced position at McGill University. With such opportunities , many more researchers and trainees are expected to consider a fulltime career in research.