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March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03

MT Foundation Has New President-Elect

By Editorial Staff

The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) Board of Trustees recently announced Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron as its the new President-Elect. A massage therapist and chiropractor, Dr. Cambron is currently a professor in the department of research at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Ill.

According to the MTF, Dr. Cambron has an extensive background in research, having served as a principal investigator on research studies focused on massage therapy and chiropractic care for more than 20 years. She has been an investigator on several projects funded by federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as from the MTF for her practice-based research network, MassageNet.

MassageNet is a research network offered free of charge to those who join. According to the MassageNet website, they "are a practice-based research network (PBRN) that uses data gathered from therapists and clients, in real world settings, to answer important research questions." The group, encourages "massage therapists, students, educators and anyone involved in massage research to become a member." Membership includes access to study data, opportunities to participate in studies, and means of communication with colleagues interested in massage research. In addition to her work with MassageNet, Dr. Cambron has been a peer-reviewer for numerous studies and has also served on seven scientific journal editorial boards.

Jerrilyn Cambron - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark The focus of the Foundation is to "advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service." Dr. Cambron said. "These three tenets of research, education, and community service are exactly what I stand for as well, so as a massage therapist, the Foundation was a natural match for me. The Massage Therapy Foundation's work is very exciting. We have an international massage therapy research conference coming up, and also an online open-source journal that is indexed in PubMed. The Foundation gives out funding for research and community service projects, and is starting a webinar series on how to write case reports. In fact, we have a case-report contest for both students and practitioners."

Dr. Cambron has been an MTF Trustee since 2010 and was elected as Vice President in 2012. Her term as President-Elect will be from March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014. She will spend this year serving along side outgoing MTF President Ruth Werner and on March 1, 2014, Dr. Cambron will begin her two-year term as MTF President.

"We could not be happier to announce that the President-Elect of the Massage Therapy Foundation is Jerrilyn Cambron," said outgoing MTF President Ruth Werner. "Jerrilyn is uniquely qualified to serve in this position. As a massage therapist, she is deeply involved in this field; as a professional researcher, she has the expertise to represent us among scientist; as a teacher, she can educate and excite all of us about the Foundation and its future; but most of all, as a warm and winning person, she will help everyone who benefits from massage -- practitioners, educators, industry suppliers, clients and allied health care providers -- understand and value the benefits that the massage therapy profession can bring to the world."


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