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ECU2024 Covention – Friday 10 & Saturday 11 May

The ECU2024 Convention will span two full days, fostering interprofessional collaboration, which aligns with the E.P.I.C. principles championed by the profession.

Amidst recent research, two critical areas have garnered attention in medical circles, with potential links to overall health: Sleep and Gut Microbiome. Understanding their relevance to Chiropractic is essential, as studies suggest a correlation between sleep deficiency and pain. Consequently, all healthcare professionals, including chiropractors, should responsibly provide guidance on good sleep hygiene.

Gut Microbiome studies have shown associations between microbiota metabolites and low back pain, with diet and exercise influencing gut microbiota. Raising awareness of this connection within the chiropractic community promotes discussions on the importance of recommending healthy diets and physical activity, a responsibility shared by all healthcare providers.

A third significant topic for discussion is the impact of the pandemic on mental health, particularly Burnout Syndrome, affecting both patients and healthcare professionals. Addressing this aspect is crucial to enhancing overall quality of life. A thorough examination of how the pandemic has affected chiropractors in education, clinical practice, and the general population should guide the profession’s efforts in contributing to mental health awareness.

In the plenary sessions, expert researchers and clinicians from diverse healthcare backgrounds will present these three topics, based on available evidence, and provide proposals for meaningful engagement.

The breakout sessions will – of course – focus on traditional chiropractic themes, designed to facilitate the practical application of acquired knowledge in daily practice.

Ricardo Fujikawa
Scientific Programme Coordinator

Research & Education Day – Thursday 9 May

The theme for Valencia 2024 is “Developing EPIC Chiropractic across Europe”.

The question for the Research & Education Day is what does that – or should that – mean for chiropractic research and chiropractic education?

In Valencia, the Research & Education Day will focus on setting SMART 10 year goals for what the chiropractic profession – researchers, research foundations, educational institutions, educators are all crucial parts of the profession – would like to see achieved by 2034.

The exact programme will depend on attendance, but the plan is that the morning sessions will focus on foundations and educational institutions sharing their current approaches, activity and ambitions. And the afternoon sessions will focus on developing those SMART 2034 goals for the profession.

If you work in theses fields, or are passionate about these fields, this is a day for you to come and share your passion.

Be part of developing the profession’s future.

Key dates

15 November 2023 Abstract submission & registration opens online
15 January 2024 Deadline for abstract submissions
15 February 2024 Notifications of acceptance for on-time abstracts
15 March 2024 Deadline for early online registration fee
30 April 2024 Deadline for regular online registration fee
9 – 11 May 2024 ECU 2024 Convention

Day-by-day outline

The below programme overview is preliminary and subject to change. 

Thursday May 9

09:30-16:30 Research & Education Day
18:00-19:30 Pre-Registration & Welcome Reception

Friday May 10

07:30-17:00 Registration desk open
08:30-10:00 ECU President’s welcome
AEQ President’s welcome
Keynote lecture – TBC
10:00-10:30 Break Exhibition Posters
10:30-12:00 From Plate to Pain: Decoding the Gut-Neurology Connection for Chiropractic Care

Paul Hrkal – lecture title tbc
Simon Billings: Neuro-inflammation: The bio-psychosocial model through the lens of evolution
Faye Deanne – lecture title tbc

12:00-13:30 Lunch Exhibition Posters
13:30-15:00 Luis Alvarez Galovich:
Spine Stenosis – Diagnose and Treatment from a medical perspective
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: what do we know? Research Presentations Inter Roug:
Diagnostic Imaging bits
15:00-15:30 Break Exhibition Posters
15:30-17:00 Lumbar spinal stenosis vs. disc herniation

Carlo Ammendolia:
Practical assessment and management tips from a chiropractic perspective

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: potential area of activity for chiropractors? FICS

Faye Deane:
Food for thought: the influence of the microbiome on athletic performance

Martin Isakkson:
Functional adjusting of the hip and an evaluation of the lower extremity biomechanical chain

SIG Paediatrics – Master Class
19:30-23:00 Spanish evening 

Saturday May 11

08:00-17:30 Registration desk open
09:00-10:30 Pillow Talk: Decoding the Relationship Between Sleep and Pain
10:30-11:00 Break Exhibition Posters
11:00-12:30 Kieran O’Sullivan:
Cognitive Functional Therapy
SIG Neurology – Master Class Leslie Haig:
Motivational Interviewing – Effective Communication
Russ Hornstein:
Spine Manipulation
12:30-14:00 Lunch Exhibition Posters
14:00-15:30 SIG Clinical -Master Class Sleep Hygiene for the professional and patients Nutrition in Chiropractic Practice Russ Hornstein:
Spine Manipulation
15:30-16:00 Break Exhibition Posters
16:00-17:45 Breaking Bad: Understanding and Addressing Burnout Among Healthcare Professionals

Awards & Closing


Convention: to be confirmed