Research Department Welcomes Your Ideas and Projects
As the new director of research at Sherman, Pengju "George" Luo,
M.D., M.S., Ph.D., along with assistant director John Hart, D.C., M.H.Sc., and
research associate Lafayette Briggs, D.C., M.T., invites students, faculty and
alumni to use the services of the department to develop the body of knowledge
(l-r) Dr. Luo, Dr. Hart, Dr. Briggs
Research department personnel are eager to learn about the various research
interests of students and faculty. Our job is to help you achieve your research
goals. . Students who have ideas for research projects are encouraged to come
by and discuss the possibilities, and even if they don’t have a clear idea what
to research but want to help, Luo says he’ll happily match them with on-going
Several projects are in progress on campus now.
- Dr. Luo is working with research groups at Clemson University studying antimicrobial
activity using nanotechnology with carbon nanotubes and fluorescent imaging
using nanomaterials for location and surgery for cancers. Another project is
working on the herb basil to develop nutraceuticals, including adding more
nutrients and increasing shelf-life by eliminating bacteria. He plans to focus
on understanding chiropractic techniques and becoming more educated about chiropractic
- Dr. Briggs is working on stereoscopic analysis of co-planar x-ray pairs
to determine specific coordinates for adjusting points for atlas-axis. Another
project is updating information on the sympathetic and parasympathetic research
using modern technology to measure effects of adjustments on pupil response.
- Dr. Hart is researching tests that purportedly assess the neurological component
of the vertebral subluxation, such as thermal scans and leg length tests. Another
project is on ecological research, correlating the occurrence of natural background
radiation with cancer mortality. Dr. Hart will also be making a presentation
to the ICA Philosophy group to promote in-office research.
- Kevin Powers, D.C, is working on a pilot project in practice-based management
for mentoring interns and their patient care plans.
- Pat Kuhta, D.C., and three co-authors: Beth McDowell Reizer, D.C., Laura
Greene-Orndorff, D.C., and Perry Rush, D.C., are currently in the final stage
of completing their research paper entitled “The Prevalence of Posticus Ponticus
Within a Chiropractic Health Center Patient Population”. They plan to
submit this paper for publication to a peer reviewed journal in December 2009. The
study was completed earlier this year.
- Dr. Rochelle Delain is a faculty advisor to a group of students who are
studying the effect of chiropractic on hypertension in African-Americans.