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:
Ernest Kamavuako, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, King’s College, London, United Kingdom
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 will share with you their startling results.
Sylvain Cremoux, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France
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 researches focus 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 forte 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 that will help increase the evidence in support of the neuroplastic effect of chiropractic and enhance the understanding of the implication of that care. Dr Cremoux is currently co-supervising a PhD 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 sublimated and the effects of adjusting the subluxations.
Yori Gidron, Ph.D.
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.”
Preliminary evidence suggests that vagal nerve activity can be modulated by way of several different non-pharmaceutical approaches. The magnitude of the implications of this work are profound. The paper noted above goes on to comment: “preliminary evidence exists for the beneficial effects of vagal nerve activation in diabetes, stroke, myocardial infarction and possibly cancer.”
Kelly Holt, BSc., BSc. (Chiro), PGDipHSc., Ph.D.
Dean of Research, New Zealand College of Chiropractic
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. (Chiro). He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Population Health from the University of Auckland in 2014. His PhD 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 to present 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.
Imran Khan Niazi, Ph.D.
Laboratory and Research Partnership Manager/ Senior Research Fellow, New Zealand College of Chiropractic
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 (BCI’s) 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 received 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 and 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. The team has since this original stroke study was published 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.
Heidi Haavik, D.C., Ph.D.
Director of Research, Centre for Chiropractic Research, New Zealand College of Chiropractic
Dr Heidi Haavik is a chiropractor who has also gained a PhD 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 is based on cutting edge neuroscience research performed over the past two decades (the book is available @www.heidihaavik.com). Dr Haavik also runs a company that enlightens the world about the science of chiropractic (@www.therealitycheck.com). 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 over 17 years. She was awarded her PhD 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 is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada and was a member of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Research Council for ten years. Dr Haavik 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. She 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 health care providers (@www.therealitycheck.com).
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.
(limited number of rooms please book as soon as possible).
Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
3, Place du Général Kœnig
Paris, 75017, FR