Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Research
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Ongoing studies:
NYIT - IRB Protocol Number BHS-542
P.I. Dr. Michael Terzella
Co-Investigators – Dr. Sheldon Yao, Dr. Theodore Flaum
“A Controlled Trial in the Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine on Blood Pressure Measurements in Normo-tensive and Pre-hypertensive Subjects”
NYIT IRB Protocol # BHS-740
P.I. Patricia S. Kooyman, D.O. and Peter Douris, P.T., D.P.T, Ed.D.
Co-Investigators – Andrea Watson, D.O., Min-Kyung Jung, Ph.D., William Werner, P.T., D.P.T., Michael Terzella, D.O., Sheldon Yao, D.O., Theodore Flaum, D.O., Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., To Shan Li, D.O., Michelle Farella-Accurso, P.T., D.P.T., Christine Flynn, P.T., D.P.T., N.C.S., Shari Zeleznik, D.P.T.
“Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and Phototherapy for Patients with Chronic Lower Back Pain”
NYIT - IRB Protocol Number BHS-760
PI: Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O.
Co-Investigator: David Tegay, D.O., Dr. To Shan Li
“OMM Treatment in Autism, A Pilot Study.”
NYIT - IRB Protocol Number BHS-808
P.I. Dr. Sheldon Yao
Co- Investigator – Dr. Reem AbuSbaih
“Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine on Pulmonary Function and Speech in Parkinson’s Disease”
NYIT - IRB Protocol Number BHS-906
P.I. Dr. Sheldon Yao
Co- Investigator – Dr. Reem Abu-Sbaih, Dr. To Shan Li
 “2nd Year Osteopathic Student Evaluation of the Correlation between Low Back Pain, Special Tests, Counterstrain Points and Counterstrain Techniques”
NYIT - IRB Protocol Number BHS-907
P.I. Dr. Michael Terzella
Co-Investigators – Dr. Sheldon Yao
“Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative treatment (OMT) Clinical Exposure of First and Second Year Osteopathic Medical Student’s Perception of OMT”
NYIT - IRB Protocol Number BHS-908
P.I. Dr. Sheldon Yao
Co-Investigators – Dr. Theodore Flaum, Dr. Michael Terzella
 “Usefulness of Video Learning for Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Techniques in the Classroom and Clinical Setting”
Role:Principle Investigator
Research Collaborations:
NYIT - IRB Protocol Number BHS 854
Co-investigator – Dr. Reem Abu-Sbaih
“2012 Consortium for Collaborative Osteopathic Research Development Practice Based Research Network Card Study” - CONCORD-PBRN Card Study
NYIT - IRB Protocol Number BHS-759 
PI: Sonia Rivera-Martinez, DO
Co-Investigators – Dr. Theodore Flaum, Dr. Michael Terzella
“Interexaminer Reliability of Diagnostic Palpation of the Cervical Spine: Motion Based versus Static Palpation”
NYIT - IRB Protocol Number BHS-799
PI: Sharon Koehler, DO
Co-Investigators – Dr. Michael Terzella, Dr. Sonia Rivera-Martinez
“Mastalgia Treatment: Is There a Role for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment”

Additional Departmental Research Interest:

Dr. Reem Abu-Sbaih
Parkinson’s Disease –Principle Investigator - 1/12 -current - A Case-Control Study to Investigate the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease with Regard to Cumulative Trauma History as well as Musculoskeletal Treatment History - IRB in progress
In discussion with the Osteopathic Research Center exploring the development of a NIH grant application to conduct a multi- site OMT in pregnancy study.
In discussion/ collaboration with Dr. Kooyman and Dr. Li and Osteopathic Psychiatry Residency at NUMC for development of study.
Dr. Elizabeth Caron
Research investigating the effects of osteopathic manipulative medicine and allostatic load. Involved with collaboration with Canadian and French Osteopathic Societies on research and education.
Dr. Theodore Flaum
Clinical osteopathic manipulative treatment research focusing on the effects of OMT on objective measures encompassing musculoskeletal changes secondary to sports, nutrition, and optimizing health and well-being.
Patrica S. Kooyman, D.O.
Looking into the potential for a multidisciplinary and integrative approach to diagnostic and treatment intervention for patients with psychiatric and/or neurologic diagnoses, with consideration of complementary treatment with Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF)/functional dentistry approaches.
Jayme D. Mancini, D.O., Ph.D, FAWM
Involve investigating the mechanisms underlying the effects of osteopathic manipulation medicine on the movement disorders, Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. The molecular and physiological effects may be studied by measuring respiratory gases and biomarkers associated with neural plasticity and neuroinflammation.
Dr. To Shan Li
Parkinson’s Disease education and treatment. Research investigating the effects of complementary and alternative medicine.
Dr. Michael Terzella
Student ergonomics - Interested in determining the relationship between the use of technological devices and the incidence of upper back pain, neck pain and headaches in medical students throughout their medical school career.
“Neck pain, Upper Thoracic Pain, and Headaches and Their Relationship to Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Tablets, and Smart Phone use in Medical students” – IRB in development
Dr. Sheldon Yao
Clinical osteopathic manipulative treatment research focusing on the effects of OMT on objective measures in autonomic, nervous, and musculoskeletal changes. Research on Parkinson’s disease and improving quality of life and movement.  Studies involving osteopathic medical education and student learning.