Recognition Through Research

Sherman College of Chiropractic

Winter 2010
Volume 7, Number 1


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Published quarterly, Recognition Through Research is designed to enhance awareness and foster participation from Sherman College faculty, staff, and students in research and other scholarly activities.


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Pengju (George) Luo, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Director of Research

John Hart, D.C., MHS
Assistant Director of Research

Charlotte Babb, M.A., M.Ed.
Technical Editor

Pengju (George) Luo, Ph.D. Named Director of Research

Luo_george_webDr. Luo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new position. He has served as a valuable faculty member (Assistant Professor) at Sherman since 2006 and was recently promoted to Associate Professor. He served as a research and teaching assistant at Clemson University and currently is an adjunct assistant professor at Clemson where he will continue his research activities.

 His education includes:

  • 2006    PH.D. - Microbiology, Clemson University 
  • 2003    M.S. – Microbiology, Clemson University
  • 1997 – M.D. – Clinical Medicine, Tongji Medical university (now known as “Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science & Technology”) Wuhan, China

Research Interests

His research interests are in the interdisciplinary field of biological sciences and nanotechnology and focus on bioapplications of various nanomaterials, including the following areas:

  • Antimicrobial applications of various nanomaterials such as nanoparticles and nanotubes.
  • Detection of pathogenic microorganisms using various nanomaterials conjugated with different biomolecules (e.g. antibody, carbohydrate)
  • Biomedical applications of various nanomaterials (e.g. the use of  for cancer detection).

Dr. Luo has nine years of research experience including:

  • 24 Published journal papers and book chapters
  • 9 Peer Reviewed conference abstracts
  • Funded research support
  • Designing research projects
  • Drafting grant proposals
  • Manuscript publication
  • Reviewing grant proposals
  • Peer reviewer for scientific papers
  • Supervising student research

Dr. Luo is excited about this opportunity to develop, coordinate and monitor research activities and a chance to contribute his experience to Sherman College in a nurturing learning environment.  He will work closely with Dr. Hart and the faculty of Sherman College to deepen his knowledge of chiropractic and how his skills can contribute to the college mission and faculty members’ research and scholarly activity goals.

Published or Accepted for Publication in Peer Review Journals

  1. Hart J, Christopher M, Boone R.  Asymmetry in Atlas Bone Specimens: A Pilot Study. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2009; 8(2):72-76.

  2. Luo, P. G., Wang, H., Gu, L., Lin, Y., Lu, F., Christensen, K.A., Yang, S.-T. and Sun, Y.-P. Selective Interactions of Sugar-Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes with Bacillus Spores. ACS Nano, in press

  3. Yang, S.-T., Cao, L., Luo, P. G., Lu, F., Wang, X., Wang, H., Meziani, M. J., Liu, Y., Qi, G., Sun, Y.-P. (2009) , J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 11308–11309.

Abstracts accepted for presentations

On November 30, 2009 two research submissions from Sherman College of Chiropractic Research Department have been accepted as poster presentation in the upcoming ACC-RAC 2010 conference.

  • Cindy Gibbon, Claudia Seay, and John Hart, Intra- and Inter-examiner Reliability of Mastoid Fossa Thermal Readings Using Chiropractic Instrumentation

  • John Hart, Matthew Christopher, and Ralph Boone, Asymmetry in Atlas Bone Specimens: A Pilot Study

On December 10, 2009, a third abstract has been accepted for a poster presentation at the 2010 Dose Response Conference, University of Massachusetts-Amherst ( ) in April 2010. Dr. Hart will be advancing the mission of the college and getting the name of Sherman College known in this sector of the scientific community.

  • John Hart, Cancer Mortality in Low versus High Elevation Counties in Texas

Current Projects

Faculty projects

  • Briggs L. Pupillary Study; Revisiting the Effect of the Chiropractic Adjustment on Changes in Pupillary Diameter: a model for evaluating somatovisceral response.

  • Briggs L. The mathematics of co-planar stereoscopic x-ray analysis and Chiropractic

  • Decken B. Chiropractic continuing education hour requirements and board complaints.

  • Hart J. Pattern calculations of chirocet readings

  • Hart J. Land elevation and cancer death rates

Student projects

  • McMaster K, Jones C, Barnett M, Morrow Q, Neely C, Sisk J, Walters J, Dotson S, Pickens M, Witherspoon T, Clarington M, Clark K, Lewis M, Ralls S. (Dr. Delain is faculty advisor). Blood pressure changes in African American patients receiving chiropractic care.
  • Crystal Zagwyn has been acknowledged on the USDA website in regard to her undergraduate research at the University of Maine: Crystal participated in research that was published in the following publication:

    Potter, R.M., Dougherty, M.P., Halteman, W.A. and Camire, M.E. 2007. Characteristics of wild blueberry soy beverages. LWT- Food Science & Technology, 40(5):807-814.

International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS)

The 6th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium was successfully convened and completed on Sherman College campus, October 17-18, 2009.  This symposium (IRAPS) gives the chiropractic field a venue to present their philosophy and research to their peers and engage in thoughtful, and oft time, evocative and spirited discussion. This year’s theme is "Advances in Chiropractic Philosophy and Research" brought together chiropractors from around the country, many first-time attendees. Abstracts for the 2010 conference, to be held Oct. 9-10, are due by Aprl 30. Details here 

Presentations from IRAPS 6:

  • Robert Blanks, PhD,
    Teaching and evaluating professionalism: A dynamic model rooted in the science, art and philosophy of the discipline.
  • Brigette Bowler DC
    A Model for Reframing Chiropractic Care
  • Eric G. Russell, DC, DPhCS, Karl and Thomas’ Excellent Adventure: The Philosophy of Science and its implications for the Chiropractic Profession.
  • William M. Decken, DC, LCP
    A Chiropractic Ethic
  • Rob Sinnott, DC, LCP, DPhCS
    • The Application of Chiropractic Philosophy to a Post-diagnostic Model for Consideration in Clinical Adaptation, Education & Research
    • Consideration of Altering the Position on the Theoretical Afferent Nerve of Chiropractic Philosophy to the Afferent Nerve of Interoceptive Function.
  • Gary DiBenedetto, DC, DACAN, LCP, DPhCS,
    Physical Changes of the Eye due to Psychological Adaptations associated with Upper Cervical Subluxations
  • John Hart, D.C., ACP
    • A Comparison of Two Methods of Analysis for the Presence of the Neurological Component: A Case Report
    • Mental Impulse and Nerve Impulse
  • Curtis Fedorchuk D.C
    • Clinical Outcome in a Case of Fibromyalgia Through Utilization of Chiropractic Care, Specifically Clinical Biomechanics of Posture: A Retrospective Case Study
    • Do Decreased Health Scores Correlate to High Surface Electromyography Readings of the Spine
  • Jeff Kasser, PhD
    Answers Questions from other presenters and students: Chiropractic and the Philosophy of Science
  • Hamed Kian, BS, MS, DC
    Chiropractic Care of Pediatric Patients: A Comprehensive Review of All Empirical Literature
  • Christie Kwon, MS3 
    A Retrospective, Longitudinal Outcomes Study of Pregnant Women Undergoing Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care 
  • Matthew McCoy, D.C., M.P.H.
    Intra-examiner and Inter-examiner Reproducibility of Paraspinal Thermography
  • The Use of Objective Measures of the Biomechanical and Neurological Components of Vertebral Subluxation to Develop a Composite Measure of Spinal Health
  • Terry J. Van Dervort, DC, ACP, DPhCS
    The Ideal Case: The Future of Chiropractic
  • Jack VanDervort DC, DPhCS
    Constructive Forces & Destructive Forces: The Evolution/Decline of Vertebral Subluxation Correction in Chiropractic.
  • Patrick VanQuaethem, DC, DACS, LCP, DPhCS
    Innate Intelligence and the Vertebral Subluxation Complex; the Sixth Component
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