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Focus on Research

Students are exposed to the latest evidence-based chiropractic concepts during their basic and clinical science courses and as part of their clinical internships.

The integration of research into our chiropractic curriculum affords students the unique opportunity to progress toward becoming the leading chiropractors of tomorrow while helping to ensure that the chiropractic profession continues to grow.

Participate in Research
Students can learn from - and participate with - faculty members conducting independent research in the basic and clinical sciences.

Basic Sciences Department
  • Skeletal biomechanics
  • Craniofacial growth and development
  • Human and comparative vertebrate bone histology
  • Human performance medicine
Clinical Sciences Department
  • Spinal adjusting techniques
  • Diagnostic examination procedures
  • Clinical problem solving skills
  • Case management skills
  • Educational training of clinicians

Scientific Investigations
NYCC supports a dedicated group of research faculty who conduct a number of scientific investigations each year. Our 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art research facilities include the following laboratories:

  • Pathophysiology/Biochemistry
  • Motor Systems Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Nutrition

All laboratories are equipped with the latest in instrument technology to extend knowledge in the following areas including:

  • Biology of alternative therapies
  • Etiology and pathogenesis of musculoskeletal pain disorders
  • Effects of chiropractic treatments on gait, posture, and human performance
  • Biomechanical assessment of musculoskeletal system

These laboratories provide a unique opportunity for students to take part in cutting-edge research, resulting in unique achievements that can be an integral part of your professional career.

Current Research Topics Include:

Dr. Robert Walker
  • Skeletal biomechanics
  • Human and comparative vertebrate bone histology
Dr. Michael Zumpano
  • Craniofacial Growth of Development
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Clinical Anatomy
Drs. Seva Philomin and Raj Philomin
  • Visceral morphological variation
Dr. Deborah Barr
  • Educational Research: Improving Student Learning Outcomes in the Basic Sciences
Dr. Jeanmarie Burke
  • Motor Systems Physiology
Dr. Terry Koo Dr. Ilija Arar
  • Etiology, pathogenesis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain disorders
Dr. Paul Dougherty
  • Conservative Care for Chronic Lower Back
  • Efficacy of Spinal Manipulation in Older Adults
  • Prediction of Responsiveness to Spinal Manipulation
  • Spinal Manipulation and Active Exercise Therapy in Chronic Lower Back Pain
  • Role of Manipulation on Inflammatory Changes in a Mouse Model (Dr. Paul Dougherty/Owen Papuga, MS)

Clinical Research

  • NYCC is involved in two federally funded clinical research projects that are investigating the role of spinal manipulation in chronic lower back pain. (Principal Investigator – Dr. Paul Dougherty)
  • Multi-site randomized clinical trial evaluating spinal manipulation and active exercise focusing on responsiveness to either therapy
  • Placebo controlled trial to evaluate the role of spinal manipulation in adults over the age of 65
Student Research Programs
Students may participate in the research programs at NYCC in multiple ways –
  • As subjects in applied and clinical research projects
  • As research assistants on scholarly projects conducted by NYCC faculty
  • By writing and submitting grant applications for intramural and extramural funding
  • By writing and submitting research reports for publication