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Not just a congress, but an experience

The European Chiropractors’ Union and the World Federation of Chiropractic are joining forces to deliver EPIC2019: Global Opportunities in Spine Care from 20 to 23 March 2019 in Berlin. This will be an exceptional event, hosted within the art deco splendour of the Hotel Maritim Berlin, that promises to be not just a congress, but an experience.

The shift towards evidence-based, patient-centred, interprofessional and collaborative (EPIC) approaches to spine care provides the framework for the Congress. The aim is to promote ways in which chiropractors can maximise the available opportunities as spinal health experts, through an exciting programme of inspiring thought leaders, topical panel discussions, stimulating workshops and the very best in contemporary research presentations from around the world, with no fewer than 192 selected abstracts.

Vasileios Gkolfinopoulos, ECU President, commented: “EPIC 2019 will relate leading-edge thinking and skills to the collaborative inter-professional approach that is key to the future for our wonderful profession. But it will not be the leaders of the ECU or the WFC alone who will secure the future. It is clinicians who are prepared to invest bravely in their own and the profession’s development.”

Amongst the keynote speakers will be:

  • Jan Hartvigsen, Professor in the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics and Head of the Research Unit at the University of Southern Denmark. Jan is one of the most published chiropractors on the planet and has been deeply involved in the development of national guidelines on the management of low back pain. In 2018, his work, alongside a team of world-class researchers, was published in The Lancet as part of a series of papers on low back pain which attracted huge international media interest. Its recommendations were highly favourable to spinal health professionals engaged in non-drug, non-surgical management of back pain and have been described as chiropractic’s greatest global opportunity. Starting with the Lancet papers, Jan will take the argument forward where they left off.

Lessons from The Lancet: Our Great Global Opportunity
Thursday, 21 March

  • Dr Jeremy Howick, Director of the Oxford Empathy Programme at the University of Oxford. He was recently awarded the British Medical Association Dawkins and Strutt Award to pursue research on the health benefits of empathetic care and is the author of Dr You(2017), which focuses on the issue of how body and mind interact to affect health and wellbeing. It challenges old habits of thinking and promises new ways of exploring what it means to live an integrated life.

We’re All in This Together: How Empathy is the New Medication
Thursday, 21 March

  • Professor Joy Doll, an accomplished TEDx speaker and winner of the 2018 American Occupational Therapy Interprofessional Collaboration Award, and Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Creighton University, Nebraska. Creighton is one of the first universities in the nation to provide interprofessional education – a team-based approach to care drawing upon the shared knowledge of health care professionals to deliver better patient care.

Golden Rules for Interprofessional Collaboration
Friday, 22 March

  •  Julian Treasure, five-time TED speaker whose talks have been downloaded over 50 million times, is a sound and communication expert, who is particularly well-known for his talks How to speak so that people want to listenand Five ways to listen better. His vision is to transform the world by inspiring people to listen consciously and speak powerfully. 

The Secrets of Powerful Communication
Saturday, 23 March

A lively and comprehensive programme of workshops will ensure that every delegate returns home with new ideas and enhanced knowledge to put into practice immediately. The workshops will include sessions led by the European Academy Special Interest Groups:

  • Sports chiropractic: Ulrik Sandstrøm – Hamstring injury – and when it isn’t
  • Clinical Sciences: David Byfield, Tim Raven, Jonathan Field, Stuart Smellie – Identifying and managing psychosocial factors in spinal pain – an interactive workshop
  • Nutrition: Michael Pierce, Igor Djikers – Metabolic considerations and nutritional applications for neurological conditions
  • Paediatrics: Sue Weber, Lise Hestbaek, Aurelie Marchand, Amy Miller – Chiropractors as public health advocates in tackling paediatric obesity.

The social arrangements are as exciting as the academic programme. The organisers have planned an unforgettable German night at the iconic and historic Wasserwerk, Berlin’s former water pumping station, which has been transformed into a perfect evening venue for exquisite food, music, light shows, dancing and extraordinary entertainment. A glittering Gala Banquet at the Congress venue will round off the event in style.

The annual pre-Convention Researchers’ Day will take place on 20 March in the same venue.

Find out more and register for the event at – early bird prices end on 15 January.