Faculty in the JAOA

NYIT Faculty Publish Important Clinical Study in March issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

The March 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) features as their cover article the results found in a clinical study undertakent at NYIT.


JAOA (March 2011 issue) prominently features on its cover an image of NYIT professors Saggio, Flaum, Yao and Gilliar performing osteopathic manipulations.

The authors of the study are Gregory Saggio, D.O., Salvatore Docimo, D.O., Jennifer Pilc, D.O., Jennifer Norton, D.O., and Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O. In addition, Dr. Theodore Flaum, Dr. Sheldon Yao and Dr. Dan VanArsdale were involved in providing the osteopathic manipulative expertise in the treatment during the study phase.

In the article “Establishing a Link Between OMT and Secretory Immunoglobulin A Levels ,” the authors of the study found that Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) increases a specific biomarker called surface immunoglobulin A, thus demonstrating the positive effect in persons experiencing high stress. These results suggest that OMT may have therapeutic preventive and protective effects on both healthy and hospitalized patient, especially those experiencing high levels of emotional or physiological stress and those at higher risk of acquiring upper respiratory tract infections.

“This is a wonderful example of collaboration between students and faculty in an effort to objectively demonstrate what OMM does,” Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., professor and Chair of the OMM Department at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, says about this landmark study. “Dr. Saggio, the lead author of the study, put a lot of effort into making sure to see this study and its publication to completion. He deserves special credit for this accomplishment.” Gilliar says.

“This study is a good example of having an idea, putting it on paper and getting it to a final printed version” Dr. Saggio states. “We were very pleased with the results of this study but, it is only the first step, a pilot. A lot more work needs to be done in the future. Hopefully this is just the beginning of exciting creative scientific investigation at NYIT” Dr. Saggio adds.

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