Research Department

Chiropractic Research Mission

The mission of the Research Department is to support and produce research and scholarly activities that contribute to the body of knowledge on chiropractic education, clinical knowledge, health care and the theoretical constructs of vertebral subluxation.

The department exists to conduct research, to support research by faculty, students and alumni, and to help prepare research findings for publication. Contact Us with your questions.

Research Interests

Sherman College researchers have a particular interest the development of objective measures of assessing the vertebral subluxation, particularly in regard to its biomechanical and neurological components. Investigations into the effects of subluxation correction involve assessments of human physical and mental performance as well as physiological effects.

The department is also committed to the development of more specific and reliable methods of assessing chiropractic adjusting skills. State of the art technology to analyze data from 3-D images of actual adjustments will provide information helps instructors to more effectively critique student progress in acquiring expertise in administering chiropractic adjustments. Read more about specific chiropractic and other research interests.

News and Announcements

More News and Announcements

(6/4/15) Hart J. Normal resting pulse rate ranges. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 2015; 5(8): 95-98. [Open access]. Journal:

Conference Presentations

  •  Hart J. Resting pulse rates following adjustment of C1 subluxation: A case series
  1. ACC-RAC 2015 (March 19-21), Las Vegas, NV. [Poster].
  2. SC Upstate Research Symposium (April 17, 2015), Spartanburg, SC. [Platform]
  • Hart J. Resting pulse rate as an inter-professional method for monitoring neurological progress of the chiropractic patient. Inter-professional Health Care Summit 2015. Savannah, GA. 4-10-15. Sponsored by Armstrong State University. [Platform].
  • Hart J. Measures for monitoring adaptability of the nervous system. 2015 International Dose-Response Society Conference. University of Massachusetts Amherst. April 21, 2015. [Poster].

(2/2/2015)  Dr. John Hart participated in a survey of chiropractic students that affirms the mission of Sherman College based on what chiropractic students expect to learn.

Gliedt JA, Hawk C, Anderson M, Ahmad K, Bunn D, Cambron J, Gleberzon B, Hart J, Kizhakkeveettil A, Perle SM Ramcharan M, Sullivan S, Zhang L. Chiropractic identity, role and future: a survey of North American chiropractic students. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2015; 23:4. Journal:

(11/12/14)  Dr. John Hart’s poster presentation, “Resting pulse rates following adjustment of C1 subluxation: A case series” has been accepted for the ACC RAC 2015.

Contact the Research Faculty

Dr. George Luo research

Dr. George Luo

Pengju “George” Luo,
M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
ext. 279
Director of Research
Associate Professor of Basic Sciences

Dr. John Hart research

Dr. John Hart

John Hart,
D.C., M.H.S.
ext. 232
Associate Professor
of Clinical Sciences


Institutional Review Board
IRB Memo July 2011

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