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Includes animated computer models of spinal structures, abstracts from Vertebral Subluxation Conferences from 1999-2003, and other articles of interest to chiropractors.

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2014 Fall Quarter

(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.

2014 Spring Quarter

(6/30/14) Drs. John Hart, Claudia Seay, and Cynthia Gibbon published an article, “Intra-examiner repeatability of mastoid fossa temperature differentials using the Tytron instrument” in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research 2014; June 30: 110-112.

(6/5/14)  John Porter, D.C., presented two sessions about the Thompson Technique at the 2014 South Carolina Chiropractic Associations conference in Myrtle Beach.

(4/28/14)  Dr. John Hart has accepted an invitation to become a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Chiropractic Education (JCE). He joins a group of 43 members from chiropractic colleges throughout the world. The mission of the journal is to promote excellence in chiropractic education through the publication of research and scholarly articles concerned with educational theory methods, and content relevant to the practice of chiropractic. Publishing the majority of scholarly manuscripts on chiropractic education, the JCE is open access, charges no manuscript fees, and is indexed in PubMed, CINAHL, ICL, and MANTIS.

2014 Winter Quarter

(3/7/14)Dr. John Hart published “Reduction of Resting Pulse Rate Following Chiropractic Adjustment of Atlas Subluxation,” in the peer-reviewed journal, Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. A link to the abstract is here:

2013 Summer Quarter

(7/10/13)  McMasters, K. L., Wang, J., York, J.,  Hart, J.,  Neely, C., Delain, R. J. (2013 July 10) Blood pressure changes in African American patients receiving chiropractic care in a teaching clinic: A preliminary study. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 12 (2). 55-59. Abstract is available at

2013 Spring Quarter

(6/10/2013)  Trustee Daniel Knowles, D.C.,  Richelle Knowles, D.C. and  Katie Ray, D.C., have published “Reduction of a Lumbar Scoliosis & Improved Cervical Curve in a Geriatric Patient Following Network Spinal Analysis™ Care:  A Case Study” in the June 10, 2013, Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, pp. 18-28.

(4/19/2013) Dr. John Hart represented Sherman College at the Ninth Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium held at Milliken & Company. Members of the research department including Dr. Pengju “George” Luo and Dr. Lafayette Briggs attended the symposium along with several interns. Breakout sessions by presenters from 13 colleges were held in 11 subject areas ranging from biology, health care, and clinical pedagogy, to language and literature, marketing and entrepreneurship, and graphic design. Poster presentations covered an additional 24 topics. Dr. Hart chaired the health care session, and presented his research on “Correlation Between Manual Pulse Rate and Heart Rate Variability.”

2013 Winter Quarter

(2/20/2013) Dr. Pengju “George” Luo’s paper, “Carbon ‘Quantum’ Dots for Optical Bioimaging,” was published in the Journal of Material Chemistry B in the February 2013 online edition available here.

(1/28/2013) Dr. Hart’s article “Comparison of Resting Pulse Rates in Chiropractic Students Versus the General Population” is published in Topics in Integrated Health Care. The full text is available at

2012 Fall Quarter

(12/12/2012) Dr. Hart’s article “Using basic statistics on the individual patient’s own numeric data” is published in Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. The abstract is available at:

(11/29/2012) Two posters are accepted for ACC-RAC 2013, which will be held in Washington D.C. March 2013

  1. Successful management of chronic shoulder impingement syndrome with multi-modal chiropractic care and home exercise: a case report. by  Adam Morrell
  2. Association between heart rate variability and novel pulse rate variability methods  by  John Hart

(11/28/2012) Dr. Ron Castellucci, Resolution of Colic in an Eight Week Old Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Study. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic. The abstract is available at

(11/19/2012) Hart J. Comparison of resting pulse rates in chiropractic student patients versus the general population. Accepted in Topics in Integrated Health Care (journal website: )

(11/13/2012) “Correlation between Academic Performance and NBCE Part I Scores” by Kenya A., Kenya H., and Hart J. is accepted at the Journal of Chiropractic Education.

(10/22/2012) The International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS), 2012 was successfully convened on Sherman College campus, Oct 20-21. For detailed information about IRAPS, please visit ../continuing-education/IRAPS.asp
The following Sherman College faculty and students gave presentations at IRAPS 2012:

  1. Bill Decken, Presenting Subluxation Communication Research Project,
  2. John Hart, User-Friendly Analysis of the Neurological Interference Component of the Vertebral Subluxation: a case study
  3. John Hart, Correlation between Heart Rate Variability and Novel, User-Friendly Pulse Rate Variability Methods
  4. Jasen Van Dyke, Chiropractic and Epilepsy
  5. Karen Lumb, The Effects of Network Spinal Analysis on Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Accompanying Speech and Language Deficits
  6. Ron Castellucci, Resolution of Colic in an Eight Week Old Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care: a case study
  7. Joe J. Donofrio,  Incorporating Salutogenesis in a New Chiropractic Paradigm

(10/17/2012) Sherman student researcher Van Dyke is featured in the local newspapers for his research project on the subject of epilepsy, for more information, please visit

(10/09/2012) Hart J. Does chiropractic “add years to life”? A second look. The Internet Journal of Chiropractic2012; 1 (2). DOI: 10.5580/2c7f.

2012 Summer Quarter

(08/09/2012) Dr. Briggs L., Comparison of Historical versus Recent Musculoskeletal Improvements. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research 2012, 82-87.

(07/18/2012) Dr. Hart serves as Editor-in-Chief for The Internet Journal of Chiropractic. For more information, please see

07/09/2012) Hart J. Association between heart rate variability and novel pulse rate variability methods. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research 2012 (Jul 9): 65-71.

2012 Spring Quarter

(06/11/2012) Dr. John Hart attended award ceremony for his earned certificate in applied biostatistics from the University of Washington (Professional and Continuing Education online program)

(05/29/2012) Assistant Director of Research Dr. John Hart is invited to be a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research.

(05/11/201)2 Dr. John Zhang, former Director of Research at Sherman (1994-1998), works in China to help establish:

  • the first formal chiropractic department in a high ranking hospital (with several US- trained DCs)
  • the first chiropractic college in China (Xian).

(05/10/12) Hart J. Association of heart disease mortality rates with concentrations of chiropractors and medical doctors in the U.S., 2007. The Internet Journal of Chiropractic 2012; 1 (2): doi:10.5580/2bb3

(04/26/2012) John Hart and Seunggeun Hyun, Cancer Mortality, Natural Background Radiation, and other Selected Determinants (Poster presentation). Presented at the 2012 Dose Response Conference, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, April 24-25.

(04/20/2012) The following four submissions are accepted and presented at the 8th Annual South Carolina Upstate Research Symposium (, held on Friday, April 20 at Milliken & Company in Spartanburg.

  • Dr. Lafayette Briggs, Comparison of Historical versus Recent Musculoskeletal Improvement Outcomes following Chiropractic Intervention: What the Future Holds?
  • Dr. John Hart and Dr. Seunggeun Hyun, Association between Cancer Mortality, Natural Background Radiation, and other Selected Predictors.
  • Dr. Lafayette Briggs, Geometry of Coplanar Stereoscopic Radiographic Pairs for Analysis of Lateral Cervical Radiographs: A Study using Mathematical Models
  • Dr. Pengju George Luo, Promotion of Cell Growth by Graphene Oxides

 2012 Winter Quarter

(03/17/2012) Assistant Director of Research John Hart presented his research “Analysis of the Patient’s Own Date: A Case Report Using Basic Statistics” (poster presentation) on ACC-RAC 2012, at Las Vegas

(03/16/2012) Sherman College faculty Amilliah Kenya presented her education research, entitled “Correlation between Predictors of Entering GPA, Class Scores and Pre-test Scores on NBCE Part I Scores” (Platform) on ACC-RAC 2012, at Las Vegas.

Sherman College conducted quarterly SCHOLAR (Sherman College Helping Others
Learn About Research) on Thursday, March 1. Two studies will be presented:

  1. Correlation of GPA and NBCE Part 1 performance by Dr. Amilliah Kenya
  2. Comparison of Chiropractic Outcomes: 1950 versus 2010 by Dr. Lafayette Briggs

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