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Spine expert Dr. John Mayer named researcher of year by national chiropractic group

USF Health spine expert John Mayer, DC, PhD, was recently named the 2013 George B. McClelland, DC, Researcher of the Year Award by the American Chiropractic Association.

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Dr. John Mayer (center) received the award at the ACA national meeting, with John Gentile, DC, (left) past chairman of ACA’s Board of Governors, and Keith Overland, DC, (right) immediate past president, ACA.

Dr. Mayer, the Lincoln Endowed Chair in Biomechanical and Chiropractic Research and associate professor in the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, was honored during the association’s annual meeting held recently in Washington, DC. The national award recognizes individuals who are leading the profession in advancing chiropractic research.

Dr. Mayer’s current research focuses on developing and assessing the effectiveness of targeted exercise approaches for the back and core muscles to reduce risk of back injury and improve resilience in high risk occupations, such as emergency responders and military personnel. USF’s physical therapy school is home to a Center for Neuromusculoskeletal Research, with research sponsored by the DOD, Federal Emergency Management Agency and corporate partners, as well as support from recurring state funding.