Although the geographic base is located at PCOM-Philadelphia, the CCDA reaches beyond
the Institution's walls regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Research collaborations have been established with individuals at other osteopathic
medical schools and research institutions. Preliminary agreements have been made to
establish a Neuromusculoskeletal Human Performance Consortium within the regional
osteopathic institutions as well as a Geriatric Regional Osteopathic Wellness (GROW)
Consortium. The purpose of such collaborative interactions is to increase the ability
of all partners to meet our common mission by drawing from the talents of experts
with diverse backgrounds and to better target multiple demographic patient populations
(both urban and rural). The CCDA role is to serve as an organizing and coordinating
center to promote team building and sharing of resources.
Collaborations between Researchers at the CCDA and Other Institutions
The researchers within the CCDA at PCOM have established numerous collaborations with
both osteopathic and non-osteopathic medical schools and centers to further the mission
of the CCDA. A few examples of these efforts are highlighted:
- The CCDA at PCOM is collaborating on a NIH grant with Dr. Beverly Rzigalinski at the
Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Blacksburg, VA. The intent of this
proposal is to establish a new Center for Radical Nanomedicine to address how to monitor
and correct free radical damage of cellular structures. The CCDA through Drs. Balin
and Appelt will provide structural analyses of proteins and lipids that undergo free
radical oxygen damage in the neurodegenerative process.
- The PCOM Human Performance and Biomechanics Laboratory maintained a collaborative
understanding with several of the Veterans Administration Medical Center sites in
St. Louis, Denver, Washington DC, and Philadelphia that had participated in its multicenter
multiple schlerosis study. Subsequent studies in neurodegenerative disorders are anticipated.
Through Dr. Kuchera and pioneer David Simons, MD, educational and research links have
been established between the CCDA and the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency
program at Thomas Jefferson University related to the study of myofascial trigger
- Dr. Kuchera recently created a link between the CCDA, the University of Medicine &
Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) and Kuopio University
in Finland by establishing a center in Helsinki to conduct pilot studies in the use
of postural treatment protocols that combine orthotics and OMT in the treatment of
individuals with spondylolisthesis. The CCDA provided partial funding for the standardization
and materials used in this multicenter pilot study. It is anticipated that such pilot
studies will result in a larger national Finnish trial using the CCDA protocol.