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New chiropractic health research chair to help unlock the mystery behind musculoskeletal disorders

Jeff Hebert

This spring, UNB announced the establishment of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation Chair in Best Practices for Musculoskeletal Health, thanks to a $1-million funding partnership between the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation. 

Jeff Hebert, who joined UNB’s faculty of kinesiology from Murdoch University in Western Australia, has taken on the role. Hebert has had an impressive career to date, spending the past 18 years in faculty, clinical and administrative positions in the United States and Australia. Most recently, he was the associate dean of research in Murdoch University’s School of Psychology and Exercise Science.

“Musculoskeletal disorders, such as spinal pain and osteoarthritis, are the leading cause of disability worldwide,” says Hebert. “However, little is known about the effects of these disorders on other important health problems such as sedentary behaviour, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The research we conduct at UNB will attempt to unravel these relationships to inform clinical and policy decision-making.”

As chair, Hebert will focus on the following three areas of research:
  • Understanding the clinical outcomes of surgical and non-operative interventions for musculoskeletal disorders and their associations with physical activity behaviour and health comorbidities;
  • Investigating the impact of musculoskeletal disorders on physical activity behaviour and cardiovascular health in young people and adults;
  • Discovering determinants of clinical outcome for people with musculoskeletal disorders undergoing surgical and non-operative therapies.

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