Research Organizations

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making.
  • Canadian Touch Research Centre (CTRE) focuses on research aimed at the prevention and relief of pain and muscular tension, as well as the improvement of quality of life.
  • Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for CAM Research (IN-CAM) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research network, created to foster excellence in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research in Canada. This year symposium is scheduled for November 18-19, 2016.
  • The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service.
  • National Canter for Complimentary and Integrative Health is a major government funded research program that focuses on a variety of complimentary and alternative health modalities, including massage and other bodywork practices and how these affect the body and the mind.
  • Touch Research Institute was formally established in 1992 as the first center in the world devoted solely to the study of touch and its application in science and medicine. The TRI distinguished team of researchers, strive to better define touch as it promotes health and contributes to the treatment of disease.
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