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2019 Rubicon Conference

November 15-16, 2019
The Rubicon Group Annual Conference and Research Colloquium

Paris, France
Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Since its inaugural conference in London in 2016 the Rubicon Group (TRG) has established a track record of accomplishment that includes bringing cutting edge neuroscience and social science to the chiropractic profession (London, 2016; Melbourne 2017, Atlanta, 2018), the development of terminology and health policy related to the practice of chiropractic (Melbourne, 2018) and the convening of multidisciplinary scientific conversations to assist the practicing chiropractor in their pursuit of a cutting-edge understanding of contemporary neuroscience as it relates to the practice of chiropractic (Atlanta, 2018).

In 2019 the Rubicon Group (TRG) is pleased to present its annual conference and research colloquium in the City of Lights on November 15-16, 2019 at the Hyatt Etoile Hotel in the heart of Paris. The 2019 offering of TRG will continue to offer the practicing chiropractor and the chiropractic student a superb blend of science, art and philosophy related to the discipline of chiropractic.

The 2019 will focus on newly developed technologies such as high-density electroencephalography (HD-EEG) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIR spectroscopy) that are currently being used to better understand the neurophysiology of chiropractic care and the evidence of the impact of chiropractic care at a fundamental level.

We are pleased to announce the faculty for the 2019 Research Colloquium of The Rubicon Conference:


Denis Alemi, D.C.
Chiropractor and Past Vice-President of the French Chiropractic Association
Dr Denis Alemi earned a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West, Hayward, California in 1994 where he graduated Cum Laude. After graduation, he practiced in San Francisco for three years as he continued his post-doctoral education in chiropractic neurology with Prof. Frederick Carrick. Dr. Alemi was granted certification in Chiropractic Neurology through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB) in 1997. He has since completed additional training in brain injury rehabilitation, clinical nutrition and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Upon his return to France in 1998 he practiced in the French Alps for three years, in 2001 he established his practice in Paris. As an active member of the chiropractic community he has taught at the Institut Franco-Européen de Chiropraxie, has been a member of the Board of Directors and past vice-president of the Association Française de Chiropraxie and participated in national and international chiropractic and health care meetings (World Federation of Chiropractic, World Health Organization). He has also been a board member of the medical association AMDPI in Paris and has developed an esteemed inter-professional collaboration with the medical community.

He is the founder and director of CerebroStim which aims to help children with neurodevelopmental disorders by implementing state of the art techniques in neuroscience.

He will be presenting the recent and accumulating evidence that supports the involvement of the cerebellum in cognition, social and emotional behaviors.

Gerard Clum, D.C.
Presidential Liaison for External Affairs; Director of The Octagon; Director of The Center for Compassion, Integirty and Secular Ethics (CCISE), Life University

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Dr. Gerard W. Clum is a 1973 Palmer College of Chiropractic graduate, was a faculty member at Palmer College of Chiropractic, a founding faculty member at Life Chiropractic College (now Life University) and first president of Life Chiropractic College West (January 1981 through January 2011). Dr. Clum has served on the board of directors, or as an officer, of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), the Chiropractic Summit and the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). He presently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the F4CP and as Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC).

Since retiring from the presidency of Life Chiropractic College West as President Emeritus, he accepted an appointment as Presidential Liaison for External Affairs at Life University. He has also been appointed the Director of The Octagon, a think tank sponsored by Life University. Dr. Clum was also recently named Director of the Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (CCISE) at Life University. In addition, he serves as a consultant and expert witness in matters related to chiropractic practice and care. He has been recognized as “Chiropractor of the Year” by ICA, “Man of the Year” by Dynamic Chiropractic and as one of the top five leaders of the chiropractic profession in a Dynamic Chiropractic readers’ poll. Dr. Clum was the 2014 recipient of the Lee-Homewood Award of the Association for the History of Chiropractic. He has lectured throughout the world and has been recognized and honored for his efforts over the years by international, national, state and local groups.

Sylvain Cremoux, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France

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Dr. Cremoux is an assistant professor in the Laboratory of Industrial and Human Automation control, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science (LAMIH) of the University of Valenciennes (France). He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Movement Sciences (Neuroscience, Biomechanics) within the Institute of Sciences of the Movement of the Aix-Marseille University in 2013. His research focuses on the analysis and interpretation of the neurophysiological mechanisms regulating muscle activations, especially by the time-frequency analysis of muscles and cortical electrical activities, in healthy and pathological participants. His forté is the regulation of voluntary muscle contraction and its reorganization after cervical spine injury. Dr. Cremoux is now collaborating with chiropractic scientists from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic to help increase the understanding of the neuroplastic effect of Chiropractic and enhance the understanding of the implication of that care. Dr. Cremoux is currently co-supervising a Ph.D. student with the New Zealand team looking at both the neurophysiology and the biomechanics of the spine and how this can go wrong when we are subluxated and the effects of adjusting the subluxations.

John Downes, D.C.
Teacher, Global Assessment of the Extremities for the CEA

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Dr. John Downes teaches Global Assessment of the Extremities for the CEA. He has blended his years of clinical practice and teaching into a practical program of learning that challenges participants to enjoy a season of discovery. His clinical experience with athletes throughout the world from youth, college, professional and Olympic programs has provided opportunities to apply these principles and study the practicality of management protocols.

Through lecture and dialogue, the role of extremities and how their function impacts spinal stability is reviewed in examination, assessment and management paradigms. Dr. Downes has taught the CCEP material since 1993 and serves on the Board for the Council on Extremity Adjusting. A 1986 graduate of Life College, he is currently the Director of the Sport Science Institute and Vice President of Global Initiatives at Life University.

Yori Gidron, Ph.D.
Vrije Universiteit

Dr. Gidron is an Israeli health educator who completed his Ph.D. in 1996 at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Gidron has served as a senior researcher at the Carmel Institute for Social Studies, Zikron Yaakov, Israel; as a lecturer in behavioral medicine at Ben Gurion University, Beer-Shiva, Israel; and as a senior lecturer in health psychology at the University of Southampton, England. He held the academic rank of ‘Associate Professor,’ medical psychology at Tilburg University in The Netherlands, and ‘Professor,’ health research, Brunel University, West London, England.

Professor Gidron is a faculty member at Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium. His research interests include power-spectral analysis of heart rate variability as a measure of autonomic nervous system activity. In late 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, he and colleagues authored a paper titled, “The Vagus Nerve Can Predict and Possibly Modulate Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases: Introducing a Neuroimmunological Paradigm to Public Health.” In this paper, Gidron and his co-authors introduce “… a new paradigm to predict, understand, prevent and possibly treat such diseases based on the science of neuro-immunology and specifically by focusing on vagal neuro-modulation.”

Heidi Haavik, D.C., Ph.D.
Director of Research, Centre for Chiropractic Research, New Zealand College of Chiropractic

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Dr. Heidi Haavik is a chiropractor who has also gained a Ph.D. in human neurophysiology. She has recently released the book ‘The Reality Check: A Quest To Understand Chiropractic From The Inside Out.’ This book describes in easy-to-understand language what happens in the brain when a chiropractor adjusts dysfunctional segments in the spine. The book (available at is based on cutting-edge neuroscience research performed over the past two decades. Dr. Haavik also runs a company that enlightens the world about the science of Chiropractic (

Dr. Haavik has used her neurophysiology expertise to study the effects of adjusting subluxations on the function of the central nervous system. Specifically, she has utilized techniques such as somatosensory evoked electroencephalography and transcranial magnetic brain stimulation to investigate the effects of chiropractic adjustments of vertebral subluxations on somatosensory processing, sensorimotor integration and motor cortical output.

Dr. Haavik graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 1999 and has practiced Chiropractic for more than 17 years. She was awarded her Ph.D. degree by the University of Auckland in 2008. She is the Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic where she established and runs the Centre for Chiropractic Research. Dr. Haavik served as a member of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Research Council for ten years. She has received numerous research awards and has published a number of papers in chiropractic and neurophysiology journals. She has presented her work to both chiropractic and neuroscience communities around Australasia, Africa, North America and Europe. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Chiropractic Education, Chiropractic Journal of Australia and is a Review Editor in Movement Science and Sport Psychology for Frontiers in Psychology and Sports Science.

Dr. Haavik was named ‘Chiropractor of the Year’ in 2007 by both the New Zealand Chiropractic Association and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Alumni Association. Her online membership is for those in the profession who want to understand the science of Chiropractic and want to be able to appropriately and ethically communicate this science with the public, their patients and other healthcare providers (

Kelly Holt, BSc., BSc. (Chiro), PGDipHSc., Ph.D.
Dean of Research, New Zealand College of Chiropractic

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Dr. Kelly Holt is one of the inaugural chiropractors to graduate from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 1998 earning his BSc. and BSc. in Chiropractic. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Population Health from the University of Auckland in 2014. His Ph.D. focused on the effects of chiropractic care on sensorimotor function and falls risk in older adults. Dr. Holt’s areas of research interest include falls prevention, neurology, reliability of vertebral subluxation indicators and population health. In May 2018, Dr. Holt shared his Ph.D. research findings about the multimodal changes they discovered in the older adults, and presented about the known differences in brain function found in people with only minor spinal problems. In February 2019, Dr. Holt was published in Scientific Reports, a member journal of the Nature family of journals, as he and colleagues addressed “The effects of a single session of chiropractic care on strength, cortical drive and spinal excitability in stroke patients.” This project was partially funded by The Rubicon Group, and Dr. Holt will share this study’s finding with us.

Ernest Kamavuako, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, King’s College, London, United Kingdom

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Dr. Kamavuako was trained as a biomedical engineer, completing both his Master’s degree and Ph.D. degree at Aalborg University in Denmark. He has held academic and research positions in the United States (Indiana University, Purdue University), Canada (University of New Brunswick) and the United Kingdom (Imperial College, King’s College). His main research interests relate to the use of intramuscular recordings in the control of upper limb prostheses. Other research interests include neurorehabilitation, applied signal processing and Health Engineering to promote wellbeing. Dr. Kamavuako is recognized as a world authority in the application, use and interpretation of muscle signals, including high density EMG technologies (HD-EMG) as well as near infrared spectroscopy (NIR spectroscopy), and has been collaborating with chiropractic researchers from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic for the past three years, and he will share with you their startling results.

Imran Khan Niazi, Ph.D.
Laboratory and Research Partnership Manager/ Senior Research Fellow, New Zealand College of Chiropractic

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Dr. Imran Khan Niazi obtained his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Riphah University in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2005. He obtained his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University and FH Lübeck, Germany in 2006, and he obtained his Ph.D. at the Department of Health, Science and Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark under the supervision of Professor Dario Farina and Associate Professor Kim Dremstrup. His Ph.D. focused on brain computer interfaces (BCIs) that involve direct communication pathways between the brain and an external device – an area of research very important for stroke rehabilitation.

Dr. Niazi developed an interest in Chiropractic while working with Dr. Heidi Haavik in Denmark where he witnessed some remarkable changes in brain function in subjects who had been given a chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Niazi has held a full-time Research Fellow position at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic since 2012 and retains strong collaborations within the biomedical engineering community. Dr. Niazi holds an adjunct research position at Aalborg University and at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland New Zealand. Dr. Niazi will be coming to Paris for The Rubicon Conference to present the follow-on work on the above stroke pilot study that Dr. Holt will present to you. Since this original stroke study was published, the team has been back to Pakistan and followed up with another group of chronic stroke victims to see what four weeks of chiropractic care can do for them.

Jason Deitch, D.C.
AmpLIFEied, Founder; The Smart Chiropractor and Body Signals, Co-Founder, Publisher

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Dr. Deitch completed his undergraduate education in Marketing at Northeastern University in 1991 followed by a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in 1996. Dr. Deitch practiced in California from 1997 through 2006. During this time, he was also active in media circles hosting a local cable television show, as well as participating in radio broadcast efforts throughout the area. In 2009 Dr. Deitch was featured in Debbie Ford’s movie, The Shadow Effect together with Deepak Chopra, M.D., Marianne Williamson, and Mark Victor Hansen, Ph.D.

As an early adopter and proponent of social media engagement, Dr. Deitch has distinguished himself as an astute advisor on the use of social media technologies and strategies in a professional services environment. In this role he has presented at conferences throughout the United States around the globe.

Dr. Deitch is the founder of AmpLIFEied, the world’s largest social media content library and public education amplifier for chiropractors. He is the co-founder and publisher of The Smart Chiropractor and Body Signals professional education systems for chiropractors. Dr. Deitch is uniquely positioned to assist you in understanding the risks and rewards of competent social media engagement as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

This will be another great Rubicon event for the Chiropractic profession with a very rich program that will help grow chiropractic worldwide.

Come with us to Paris, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We guarantee you the experience, material and the knowledge gained at the Rubicon Conference will surpass your expectations.

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Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
3, Place du Général Kœnig
Paris, 75017, FR