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Table 1 Descriptive details about CARL fellows and own statements about reasons for joining CARL

From: Leadership and capacity building in international chiropractic research: introducing the chiropractic academy for research leadership (CARL)

Country, sex, academic degrees Current positions Why did you join CARL? What do you expect to get out of CARL? How might CARL benefit chiropractic?
Australia, ♂, chiropractor, MSc PhD student Part-time clinician Want to be part of global collaboration among ECRs to move chiropractic forward Mentorship and help to participate in research projects Coordinated international research planning and output is critical to the progress and standing of the chiropractic profession within mainstream health
Sweden, ♂, chiropractor, MSc, PhD Post Doc Part-time clinician Want to engage in global collaboration and get exposure to other research groups and professional networks with a common focus on chiropractic/manual medicine Get exposure to new methods and applications, expand knowledge and skills.
Increased publication output and research experience
Help build research capacity in Chiropractic. Increase the output and quality of research relevant to the Chiropractic profession
Canada, ♀, chiropractor, MSc PhD student Part time clinician Huge opportunity for PhD student who wants to continue in the field of chiropractic research and believes international collaboration is of prime importance Become part of strong international network. Develop research skills and independence CARL allows for the development of a strong network of researchers around the word that have the capacity to collaborate and support each other
Australia, ♀, chiropractor, MSc, PhD Post Doc Part-time clinician Want to become part of international network and learn from key international academics in supportive environment Boost in research career and high-quality research output. Broaden opportunities for collaborating with international researchers The CARL leadership projects will benefit all chiropractors, with CARL fellows dedicated to establishing and endorsing initiatives that will foster growth and increased visibility for the chiropractic profession
UK, ♀, Natural therapeutics, MSc PhD student Lecturer Want to be able to co-ordinate my research with researchers internationally in order to advance the field Collaborate with other fellows to identify areas of research priority for the profession. Having mentorship Through the CARL program, the CARL fellows can plan research projects to have a successful impact in practice and contribute to the international research agenda within chiropractic and the future of the profession
Canada, ♀, chiropractor, MSc, PhD Assistant Professor I joined CARL to develop and expand my international network for collaborations, for early career mentorship and to ensure my research continues to have an impact in the field of chiropractic I expect to learn from and work with my colleagues in order to become a better researcher and leader in the chiropractic profession CARL can elevate the profession in terms of research productivity and impact and connect future leaders that can motivate and inspire chiropractic practitioners worldwide to integrate evidence to the benefit of their patients
Australia, ♂, chiropractor, PhD Clinician Lecturer To work with like-minded early career researchers, continuing my education in research, and the opportunity to be mentored by leaders in the field Leadership skills, publication output, friendship and being part of an up-and-coming early research culture within the profession Change the landscape, where private practice providers can appreciate and further utilize high-quality research, impacting their practice in an evidence-based manner – establishing chiropractic cultural authority
Canada, ♀, physical therapist, MSc, PhD Post Doc Research Associate To learn from successful mentors as well as to build strong collaborations to assist with increasing the number of publications and planning/conducting future high-quality studies. For my surprise, CARL was much more than that Learn from mentors’ experience get their guidance. To build strong relationships with the other CARL fellows, which will lead to strong collaborations that will significantly contribute to the advancement of chiropractic and SMT research Bringing the young career researchers that have the greatest potential of becoming successful investigators in chiropractic together, giving them the opportunity to bond, have ideas, work together and support each other is a brilliant idea that paves the way for fruitful collaborations and high-quality studies that will greatly advance the evidence regarding the chiropractic profession
Australia, ♂, chiropractor PhD student Lecturer I joined CARL to meet people who share my passion for developing the scholarship of chiropractic, and to work collaboratively with them into the future for the befit of the community An international network of career long collaborators that will answer important research questions and expand the relevant knowledge base and international leadership To exist, a profession must have a knowledge base, quality education, and ongoing expansion of that knowledge base through postgraduate scholarly activity and research. CARL serves a necessary contribution from a profession to the betterment of society
UK, ♂, MSc, PhD Post Doc I applied to join CARL to put my work into the context of other chiropractic researchers. My long-term aim is to understand dynamic individualized biomechanical factors in low back pain and help to explain the effects of spinal manipulation. The CARL program has helped help me to gain a deeper appreciation of research areas beyond my own focus in biomechanics. In return, it is my hope that my own expertise in biomechanics might help the other CARL fellows A community of early career researchers from across the board of chiropractic research based all over the world can do more for the scientific progress of the profession than individual experts aligned to their more disparate and isolated topics.
I am confident that this program can promote a synergy between the biological, physiological and social aspects of the biopsychosocial model
Denmark, ♂, chiropractor, MSc PhD student CARL came across as a great opportunity to meet like-minded research colleagues and friends, for sharing experiences and improving research-related skills CARL constitutes an excellent Forum, just like a greenhouse, where we can discuss issues and barriers related to research and career development, learn and be inspired; collaborate, and ultimately flourish as health care researchers CARL will strengthen the profession by facilitating international research collaborations, fostering future leaders and thereby further position the chiropractic profession as an important contributor to health care and health care research globally
USA, ♀, chiropractor, MSc PhD student Assistant Professor CARL opens up the opportunity to create the most impactful and innovative chiropractic research, which is my desire for the special pediatric, pregnant, and post-partum population As the solo chiropractic clinical scientist, CARL is for mentorship in research capacity building. With this network, chiropractic research could become united, cohesive, and impactful CARL just fast-tracked chiropractic research by networking early career scientists and providing the platform for collaboration. This effort will undoubtingly impact the current evidence-based chiropractic literature gap and most importantly the management and care of chiropractic patients
Hong Kong, physical therapist, MSc, PhD Assistant Professor As an early career researcher with a passion to conduct high quality research, I want to have some mentors and peers to guide and support my research journey To broaden my research skills and network through collaboration. I am determined to be a prominent research leader and conduct impactful chiropractic research and nurture new research leaders Given the complexity of spinal problems, it is important to coordinate personal resources from different disciplines. This program can empower the next generation of chiropractic research leaders through research collaborations, grant writing and knowledge translation
  1. ♀ = Female
  2. ♂ = Male