The CRC is delighted to announce that final year chiropractic students, Sam OgilviePerttu Riipinen (Welsh Institute Of Chiropractic) and Savanna Koebisch (AECC University College), have been selected to participate this summer in the Programme for Early Researchers in Chiropractic (PERC) research internship.

The 8-week PERC initiative is affiliated with a well-established research internship run by the *Versus Arthritis Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research at the University of Nottingham, and a network of world-leading MSK researchers at UK universities including Oxford, Southampton, Loughborough, Leeds and Bath. The scheme provides the opportunity for newly graduated chiropractors to work with other new graduate health clinicians, health scientists, and medical students to obtain first-hand experiences of multi-disciplinary research environments.

Sam, Perttu and Savanna will be conducting their own research studies, working alongside professional researchers and academics at the University of South Wales, the University of Southampton, and AECC University College. In addition, they will be attending interactive training days on a weekly basis at each of the 6 other participating institutions, with tuition costs and expenses provided by the CRC. They will be supported and mentored by experienced researchers and will be able to develop their research skills in research design, conduct, governance and analysis and dissemination activities in a range of health disciplines. Working in such a research-rich environment will also allow these future chiropractic researchers to develop a unique, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research network which will benefit UK chiropractic research capacity enormously.

Perttu, Sam and Savanna underwent a rigorous selection process by the CRC’s Scientific Committee who were very impressed by the high calibre and enthusiasm for research demonstrated by all three of them. As Perttu said, “Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity. I’m truly grateful for this and I’m very excited to get started”, sentiments echoed by Savanna and Sam who also expressed their excitement about getting going with the scheme.

This is a huge opportunity for them, launching their careers as future clinical researchers. It is also a huge opportunity for the chiropractic profession to develop research capacity right in the centre of an established, research-rich, interdisciplinary healthcare setting.

We look forward to hearing all about Sam, Savanna and Perttu’s internship experiences over the summer and can’t wait to see their names in publication and their research studies presented at conferences and meetings in the future!

Well done and good luck to you all!

(*formally Arthritis Research UK)