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Research Team
Our Centre for Chiropractic Research is a world-class research facility driven by dedicated researchers who are leaders in chiropractic research.

Dr Heidi Haavik

Vice President Research

Heidi’s research interest lies in exploring how the human central nervous system adapts to its environment, a process known as neural plasticity. Her current line of research explores these central neural effects of chiropractic care and its impact on human function and quality of life.

Dr Imran Khan Niazi

Director Centre for Chiropractic Research, Dean of Innovation & Technology

Imran’s main research interests focus on the impact of chiropractic care on brain function and brain computer interfaces. In his current role at the Centre for Chiropractic Research, he is investigating the effects of chiropractic care on the central nervous system using EEG and EMG.

Samran Navid

Research Associate / PhD Fellow (Aalborg)

Samran is a PhD student at Aalborg University and a Research Associate at the Centre for Chiropractic Research. His research focuses on the effects of chiropractic care on the brain activity of different patient populations, using electroencephalography (EEG) and brain source localisation techniques.

Dr Tanja Glucina

Research Fellow / PhD candidate

Tanja is a practicing chiropractor and researcher. Her research focuses on quality of life and outcome measurement research. She is currently undertaking her PhD with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) with a research focus on chiropractic professional identity and effects of chiropractic care on quality of life.

Jenna Duehr

Research Fellow

Jenna is a practicing chiropractor, lecturer, Registered Nurse and researcher. Her research interests include investigating chiropractic care in the paediatric population, neuroscience, and motor control.

Nitika Kumari

Research Fellow

Nitika is a post-doc research fellow at the Centre for Chiropractic Research. Her research interests include motor learning, neuroplasticity, motor adaptation, stroke rehabilitation, and neuromodulatory interventions.

Imran Amjad

Research Fellow

Imran is a post-doc research fellow at the Centre for Chiropractic Research. His areas of research interest include rehabilitation of Neurological conditions, Bio-mechanics, Exercise physiology, and the systemic response of physical rehabilitation in different disorders.

Dr Jens Duehr

Research Associate

Jens research focus is in understanding the effects of chiropractic adjustments on somatosensory processing and muscle strength. He is involved in both research work and lecturing at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. Jens is also a practicing chiropractor and is currently completing his Masters in Health Science.

Dr Aisha Strand

Masters Student

Aisha is a chiropractor from Sydney and a Masters student. Her current research is investigating if chiropractic care can change sensory processing in children with autism spectrum disorder. While this research is only in it’s piloting stage, Aisha plans to follow it up with a full scale clinical trial for her PhD.

Dr Alice Cade

PhD Candidate

A 2001 graduate from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Alice’s research interest is how eye movements are affected by spinal function and how the brain integrates sensorimotor information to effect these changes.