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Previous Conferences

May 2018, Atlanta

The Session will include:

  • Heidi Haavik, D.C., Ph.D.,
    Neurophysiological Mechanisms of Chiropractic Care
    Dr. Haavik will present an overview of her work to date striving to understand the neurophysiological mechanisms of chiropractic care. Haavik will share how this research has led to a new understanding about the neuroplastic mechanisms of adjusting dysfunctional spinal segments, demonstrating that spinal function is more important for brain function than previously realized.
  • Paul Hodges, Ph.D., M.D.
    The Two Ends of the Spectrum
    Professor Hodges, a world-leading expert in spinal motor control, will eloquently present the neuroscience community’s current neurophysiological understanding about how the central nervous system controls spinal function in healthy individuals and will also touch upon the opposite end of the spectrum – what happens when someone has ended up in chronic pain..
  • Imran Khan Niazi, Ph.D.
    Motor Control & Somatosensory Processing Changes
    Dr. Niazi will present some of the many research studies in which he has participated, including those using transcranial magnetic stimulation and electroencephalography. He will explain several key measures, including motor-evoked potentials, movement-related cortical-evoked potentials and somatosensory-evoked potentials. Collectively, these studies demonstrate that chiropractic care has a neuromodulatory effect, with the greatest impact on the brain itself, as opposed to the spinal cord.
  • Kelly Holt, D.C., Ph.D.
    Even Minor Spinal Dysfunction Impacts Brain Function
    Dr. Holt will share the results of multiple studies showing that even minor spinal problems actually have a greater impact on brain function than previously realized. Holt will also share what happens for these individuals after a single session of chiropractic care – once again demonstrating the profound impact that spinal function has on brain function.
  • Kemal Türker, Ph.D.
    The Marvels of a Gentle Squeeze Professor
    Türker will entertain us with his “Marvels of a Gentle Squeeze,” which is what he calls a chiropractic adjustment. Türker will teach us about the various ways one can assess spinal cord excitability and differentiate it from cortical drive. He will also share what he discovered occurs after chiropractic adjustments in healthy adults, elite athletes and chronic stroke patients.

In summation, Dr. Haavik will reflect on the various presentations and how this work has changed the way chiropractic educational institutions view spinal dysfunction and the effects of spinal manipulation, now recognizing spinal manipulation’s neuroplastic effect on the brain. Working with Dr. Haavik and her colleagues they have established an evidence-informed model addressing the mechanisms of chiropractic care. Dr Haavik will present this model in this closing address. This will be followed by a Q&A session with this panel of experts.

April 2017, Melbourne

The Neo-Vitalistic Lens

Neo-vitalistic thought accepts on an a priori basis that all living beings are self-conscious, self-healing and self-evolving. This understanding respects and embraces a systems approach to life, realizing that a change in one part of the system changes the entire system. These perspectives empower the individual, and the society, to marshal resources for healing and happiness on a new and intensified level. Neo-vitalism stands with science in offering a paradigm that encompasses a broader perspective of health and healing.

In this presentation Dr. Riekeman relates how neo-vitalistic perspectives are consistent and congruent with emerging systems theory science and the traditional principles upon which the chiropractic paradigm was constructed. He will contrast 18th century French vitalistic concepts with 21st century neo-vitalistic perspectives illustrating the power of the contemporary model.

Dr. Riekeman will conclude with a discussion of real-world manifestations of neo-vitalistic thought at play in the health care environment of 2017.

Advances in Neuroscience, Part 1

Drs. Haavik and Holt with share this presentation as well as the Part 2 presentation on April 9 reviewing their research history and demonstrating the body of knowledge that has been amassed over the past 15 years and the implications of this research in the practice of chiropractors. Together they will bring the latest in neuroscience research enriching the value and clinical utility of the chiropractic approach to health and well-being. This is a translational lecture bringing current basic science research findings to the adjusting table of the chiropractor for the benefit of his/her patient.

The Chiropractor and the Cardiologist

Dr. Heather Wolfson, a chiropractor and Dr. Jack Wolfson, a cardiologist practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Each has brought their concepts, background, education and training to the other and in so doing they have multiplied their individual and collective effectiveness in each discipline.

Dr. Heather Wolfson, will discuss the opportunities and challenges that she as a chiropractor experienced in her professional relationship with her husband, Dr. Jack Wolfson including what she learned from him and what he learned from her.

Dr. Wolfson, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), will discuss the best strategies in communicating with physicians to achieve a win-win-win outcome–a better circumstance for the patient, the chiropractor and the physician. He will also relate his path from a traditionally oriented interventional cardiologist to that of an integrative cardiologist who employs sound nutritional approaches with dietary and environmental toxin avoidance, not medicines, to prevent and address cardiovascular disease.

Advances in MRI Imaging; Image Guided Adjusting Technique, Part 1

Dr. Scott Rosa, a pioneer in the application of weight-bearing MRI technology involving phase-contrast imaging to assess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow before and after upper cervical adjustment, will discuss his background and experience in applying these technologies in his practice using the Atlas Orthogonal (AO) upper cervical adjusting procedures. Dr. Rosa will provide the rationale for the application of the MRI related approaches as well as an extensive series of images detailing the ability to observe altered CSF flow-before and after AO adjusting and the impact that these corrections have had on the patients involved.

The Chiropractic Continuum—Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Dr. Phil McMaster, president of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand will discuss the interface of our foundational perspectives in chiropractic with the demands of the evidence-informed environment of health care in 2017. Dr. McMaster will explore the process of expressing our conceptual approach to health and well-being using the language, metaphors and framework of contemporary health care thought.

The Biology of Belief Revisited

Internally acclaimed author and lecturer, Dr. Bruce Lipton, will revisit his now decade old first edition of The Biology of Belief. Dr. Lipton will update the audience on how his views have been reinforced and strengthened by the science that has emerged over the past decade. He will bring together the perspectives of his first and second editions to illustrate the power of the individual to influence health, happiness and well-being in their life and in the lives of those around them.

European and North American Updates

The Rubicon Group is pleased to bring you regional updates on the status of the profession, in particular the education environment, from Europe and North America. Drs. Christina Cunliffe and Adrian Wenban, of the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and the Barcelona College of Chiropractic respectively, will brief the audience on the continued growth and expansion of the profession in Europe. A similar update will be presented for North America by Drs. Edwin Cordero, president, Sherman College of Chiropractic and Guy Riekeman, president of Life University. This front-line update will provide insight and perspective that will assist the profession in Austral-Asia in appreciating current trends and patterns of interest.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Epigenetics and the Chiropractor

Dr. Lipton, former University Wisconsin Medical School Associate Professor and Stanford University researcher, will discuss the realities of gene controls relative to health and disease with an emphasis on the epigenetic factors that give humans the ability to alter gene expression. Dr. Lipton will address epigenetic controls as powerful enabling mechanisms that can assist the patient and practitioner in escaping the perspective that they are a “victim of their genes” and therefore powerless to alter their impact. The understandings offered by Dr. Lipton of genetic mechanisms will reflect his text, “Spontaneous Evolution” in the context of contemporary quantum physics principles as he contrasts them with Newtonian principles. A broader understanding of this information adds a new depth of awareness to the impact of how our thoughts, behaviors, habits and routines can be harnessed to heal or endured into deeper levels of dysfunction.

Advances in MRI Imaging; Image Guided Adjusting Technique, Part 2

Dr. Rosa will build on his presentation offered on April 8, 2017 as he takes the audience through a series of case studies related to altered CSF flow as a result of Atlas misalignment. Dr. Rosa will discuss the possible links between altered CSF flow and degenerative neurologic disorders as a mechanism for the results seen with Atlas subluxation reduction and correction.

Advances in Neuroscience, Part 2

Drs. Haavik and Holt, having reviewed the published literature base to date in Part 1, will explore their current research efforts, the results of yet-to-be published pilot studies and next phases of studies building on projects that have gone to publication. Their emphasis will be on the central nervous system changes that have been documented to result from chiropractic care as they opine on the broader implications of their results and pending research.

The Adelaide College of Chiropractic-An Update

The Rubicon Group is proud to welcome Dr. Pat Sim of Adelaide, South Australia, as he brings the member programs of The Rubicon Group and the attendees of the 2017 Rubicon Conference up to date on the latest development in the emergence of the Adelaide College of Chiropractic. This presentation will focus on the curricular and programmatic elements that will serve to fill a need in chiropractic education in Australia that has heretofore remained unaddressed. Dr. Sim will review in detail the efforts related to collaboration with The Rubicon Group in general and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in particular. The interface with the Australian Tertiary Education Standards Quality Agency (TEQSA) and the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia will be thoroughly discussed. Dr. Sim will explore the needs of the Adelaide College of Chiropractic and the opportunities for involvement on the part of the profession in Australia.

The Rubicon Group and You

In closing, the member institutions of The Rubicon Group, will address their hopes and aspirations for the profession globally. The mission of The Rubicon Group will be discussed in detail as the plans for the future are offered to the audience.

September 2016, Geneva

Saturday, September 3, 2016
1. Vitalism; Section I, Phil McMaster, D.C. Moderator
a. History of Vitalistic Thinking, Dennis Richards, D.C. (0:30)

Dr. Richards will discuss the long history of vitalism as it relates to matters of health, well-being and vitality. He will reflect on the changing nature of the discussion of vitalism from the ancient Greeks to the 18th and 19th century French perspectives to current thoughts on vitalism. Dr. Richards’ main emphasis will be to demonstrate the continuum of thought on the subject of vitalism over millennia.

b. Definitions and Discussions of Neo-Vitalism, Rob Scott, D.C., Ph.D. (0:30)

Dr. Scott will focus on contemporary discussions of vitalism and neo-vitalism with particular emphasis on the influence of quantum physics perspectives on vitalism and neo-vitalism in the 21st century. He will be offering a broad perspective on the implications of vitalistic thought in light of current paradigms of health and healing.

c. Neo-vitalism and Its Application in Chiropractic, Guy F. Riekeman, D.C., (0:30)

Dr. Riekeman will bring the discussion of vitalism and neo-vitalism down to the practice of chiropractic and into the office setting of the practicing chiropractor. His emphasis will be on how questions related to vitalism and neo-vitalism play out in everyday practice and how they serve to orient the chiropractor in his/her clinical role.

10:30a-11:00a Refreshment break

2. Research; Section II Update on Research Developments Related to Chiropractic: Moderator, Friso Kreuger
a. Heidi Haavik, D.C., Ph.D. (1:30)

Dr. Haavik will provide a broad overview of current research efforts of interest to the chiropractic community. In addition she will review preliminary findings associated with the studies emerging from her lab and the laboratories she collaborates with around the world. This session will offer the chiropractor and chiropractic educator with the absolute leading edge of research in and around the discipline including what is likely to emerge in the literature in the near future.

12:30p-2:00p Luncheon break

3. Traditional Chiropractic Principles; Section III: Adrian Wenban, D.C., MMED, Moderator
a. Safety of Chiropractic Care, Gerard W. Clum, D.C. (0:30)

Dr. Clum will offer an overview of matters related to safety and risk management associated with the practice of chiropractic. Major literature associated with cervical spine adjusting and vertebral artery issues will be discussed as will recent publications related to pediatric care. A special section on case reports seeking to identify emerging areas of risk consideration will close out the session.

b. 33 Principles, Then and Now, Valerie Pennacchio, D.C. (0:30)

Dr. Pennacchio will offer an overview of the classic chiropractic discussion of the 33 principles as articulated by Stephenson and contemporary perspectives on the updating and relevance of these concepts in 21st century chiropractic care.

c. Traditional Principles and Their Application in Chiropractic Practice, Brian Kelly, D.C. (0:30)

Dr. Kelly will bring the discussion of principles as expressed by Dr. Pennacchio into the practice environment of the chiropractor in 2016. The expression of these principles in current terminology and context as tools for the practicing chiropractor to relate the goals and desired outcome of care to patients and other constituents will be considered.

3:30p-4:00p Refreshment break

4. Lifestyle, Wellness and Chiropractic Practice; Section IV Moderator, John Williams, D.C.
a. Dan Sullivan, D.C. (1:30)

Dr. Sullivan will present an environmental scan of literature from a variety of fields to weave a larger picture of the role of the chiropractor and the consistency with contemporary thought from other disciplines and practices as seen in chiropractic practice. His emphasis will be a synthesis of concepts, clinical insights and practice application in day-in, day-out chiropractic practice.


5. Hands, Heart and Head; Section V, Moderator, Ed Cordero, D.C.
a. Technique Workshop, John Downes, D.C. (1:00)

Dr. Downes will be offering a workshop on patient assessment prior to the administration of chiropractic and a structured approach to post-care evaluation and progress assessment. He will be demonstrating various clinical approaches of joint function evaluation with participant participation.

b. Global Developments Update, Gerard W. Clum, D.C./Christina Cunliffe, D.C., Ph.D. (1:00)

Drs. Cunliffe and Clum will present a global scan regarding the chiropractic profession and its circumstances. Their overview will begin in Europe move on to Africa, South America, the Pacific and then back to North America. They will review the educational, political and social circumstances of the profession in each region as they address the state of the infra-structure of the chiropractic profession around the globe.

c. Close and Charge, Guy Riekeman (1:00)

Dr. Riekeman will close out the program attempting to pull all of the pieces of the Rubicon Group Intensive program into focus and offering next steps for the attendees about how to put these elements to work for their patients, the profession and the communities in which they live and practice.

March 2016, London