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NYCC Annual Research Symposium - a Resounding Success!

An enthused audience of more than 140 students and faculty members gathered to enjoy NYCC Annual Research Symposium presentations held January 29 and 31 - an event also aired remotely at NYCC’s off-site clinics through “Go-To-Meeting.”

Dean of Research at NYCC, Jeanmarie Burke, PhD, commended the many people who assisted her with the event for its success. “It was a team effort,” says Dr. Burke, “I especially want to thank Anne Smith, manager of the research office, who really did the bulk of the work, and Dr. Terry Koo, who acted as moderator for the event.” Dean of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, Thomas Ventimiglia, DC, and his program administrator, Cynthia LoGatto, also contributed significantly. Impressed with the participants’ credentials, Burke said, “The symposium has benefited in recent years by the willingness of leading researchers in CAM to present keynote addresses.”

Researching for Practical Results
Palmer College’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy, Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, served as keynote speaker and presented “Translational Research and Manual Medicine,” addressing the concept of translational research and emphasizing realistic and decidedly pragmatic aspects of the optimal research agenda. Dr. Goertz defined translational research as “translating basic science findings into clinical applications and directing scientific explorations towards directly improving human health.” New understandings of disease mechanisms gained in the lab are then applied to new methods of diagnosis, therapy and prevention. Clinical studies turn into everyday clinical practice and healthcare decisions and improved outcomes.

Goertz discussed several manual medicine translational research studies occurring at Palmer Chiropractic College that include “Neural & Biomechanical Responses to Mechanical Features of Spinal Manipulation”; “Vertebral Displacements & Ligament Strains during Simulated Spinal Manipulation”; and “Cervical Distraction Sham Development: Translating from Basic to Clinical Studies (MCD).” The second aspect, translating the research into practical, everyday healthcare, is seen in the following projects: “Co-Management of Older Adults with Low Back Pain by Medical Physicians and Doctors of Chiropractic (COCOA)”; “Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain, Military Readiness, and Smoking Cessation in Military Active Duty Personnel”; and “Expanding EBCP and Research across the Palmer College of Chiropractic.”

While the list of topics begging for scrutiny is long, finances often come up short. The National Institutes of Health is a formidable force in the world of healthcare research, and is instrumental in financially supporting important healthcare research projects. Its efforts help improve human health through basic research that advances clinical diagnostics and procedures, and thereby ultimately serves as an assist in advancing patient care. Clinical researchers and healthcare practitioners, alike, complete the loop by providing scientists with novel observations about the clinical conditions they observe evaluate and treat. Scientists, in turn, formulate research studies that are based on these clinical observations. The self-sustaining process is often referred to as “bench to bedside and back.” Translational research is also a concept involved in the public health arena as it relates to the instruction and adoption of best practices throughout communities.

Excellent Presentations
NYCC Board of Trustees member, Thomas DeVita, DC (NYCC ’74) FACC, was busy presenting two topics, admirably addressing Comparison of Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique versus Diversified Manipulation in Patients with Acute Low Back Pain - a project by Mark T. Pfefer, RN, MS, DC; Stephen R. Cooper, DC; Angela M. Boyazis; as well as Clinical Effectiveness of the Activator Adjusting Instrument in the Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Systematic Review of the Literature - researched by Tiffany Huggins, BA (Hons), BEd, DC; Ana Luburic Boras, BA, DC; Brian J. Gleberzon DC, MHSc; Mara Popescu, BA, DC, Lianna A. Bahry, BKin, DC.

Other presentations given at this year’s stellar symposium included: