The DBRIC is a joint venture between the Netherlands Chiropractors’ Association (NCA) and the Belgian Chiropractors’ Union (BCU), and funded primarily by the members of the two associations.

This research foundation funds and facilitates research of relevance to patients and the chiropractic profession in Belgium and the Netherlands.

All research and education funded by DBRIC aim to benefit the public in general, and patients in particular, with emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

Research in the field of Chiropractic

DBRIC is funded by the chiropractic profession in the Netherlands and Belgium; therefore, projects designed to result in a PhD or projects designed to enhance the recognition of chiropractic will receive first priority. Multidisciplinary projects initiated by chiropractors will be welcomed too.

For further information, see “Key documents”.

Research Grant Application Form:

Deadline 15th of October

Educational Grants Application Form:

Deadline 15th of May and 15th of December

Mission & Vision

It is our mission to be the primary Belgian-Dutch centre on research and knowledge transfer within chiropractic care and musculoskeletal complaints. We aim to elevate the quality of chiropractic care through neuromusculoskeletal research


The DBRIC board consists of two representatives from each of the two national chiropractic association in Belgium and the Netherlands. Both association presidents are on the board of DBRIC and they take turns being president and vice president of DBRIC.


The DBRIC is funded primarily by the members of the NCA and BVC-UBC through their annual fees to their associations. In addition, DBRIC accepts donations (tax deductible) and actively seek co-sponsoring for its research projects.


Current Research Projects

  • Annemarie de Zoete, Michiel de Boer, Raymond Ostelo, Sidney Rubinstein: “Would the results from our earlier IPD meta-analysis on spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low back pain have been different if we had conducted a responder analysis?”
  • Lobke de La Ruelle, Sidney Rubinstein, Annemarie de Zoete, Raymond Ostelo: “What aspects of chiropractic care do patients with low-back pain consider worthwhile? A discrete choice experiment.”
  • Annemarie de Zoete: Update of the Cochrane Review Acute Low Back Pain

Current Educational Grants recipients

  • Brenda van der Vossen: Epidemiology course
  • Monique van der Marck participates in a part of Alan Jenks’ PhD-project: Back Complaints in the Elderly-Chiropractic (BACE-C)
  • Lobke de la Ruelle: Epidemiology course
  • Lobke de la Ruelle and Brenda van der Vossen provide support as part of Annemarie de Zoete’s project: “Use of and adherence to low back pain practice guidelines by Dutch and Belgium chiropractors” and ” Is the use of diagnostic imaging and self-reported clinical management of low back pain patients influenced by the attitudes and beliefs of chiropractors”.


Dutch-Belgian Research Institute of Chiropractic

(+31) 085-073-9859

Ecu 2, 8305 BA Emmeloord