Congratulations to James Oldham and Anna Maria Fjærestad Holmberg who have been selected to participate in this summer’s 8-week, CRC-funded, Programme for Early Researchers in Chiropractic (PERC) internship initiative.

We received a number of applications from AECC UC and WIOC, and James and Anna Maria were selected by our independent Scientific Committee. They will be starting the PERC programme in early July, joining in with the research activities at WIOC and AECC UC, under the supervision and guidance of professional academics and researchers.

James and Anna Maria will be conducting their own research studies which will be written up for publication and submitted for presentation at professional conferences and seminars. Their two studies will include analysis of the patient profile at our UK chiropractic colleges using over 2000 data sets, and analysis of our UK research activities and baseline research capacity.

The PERC programme is run in affiliation with a very well-established internship scheme at the prestigious Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, and a network of 6 UK institutions (Universities of Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, Bath, Loughborough and Leeds), all with an excellent reputation for MSK research.

In addition to conducting their own studies, James and Anna Maria will attend a weekly research training day at each of the affiliated institutions, meeting up with other interns and researchers on the scheme. This provides a unique opportunity for the new graduates to work alongside some of the world’s leading MSK researchers in a multidisciplinary, collaborative setting. They will develop networks with graduates and researchers from other healthcare professions including medicine, orthopaedics, rheumatology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, epidemiology and physiology, networks that they will continue to build upon in years to come.

It is a fantastic opportunity for James and Anna Maria to enhance their research skills so early in their chiropractic career, and it will help to build UK chiropractic research capacity from the grass-roots level. Not only this, but it is a first for the UK chiropractic profession to be involved in such an established, multidisciplinary setting in a number of very credible, research institutions.

So, HUGE congratulations and good luck to James and Anna Maria – it’s the start of something big!