The presence of the CCDA has facilitated translational research from basic science mechanisms towards clinical application both within PCOM and outside its walls. For example:
Numerous peer-reviewed publications and review articles on Chlamydia pneumoniae involvement in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) have been authored by PCOM investigators in conjunction with collaborators at Wayne State University School of Medicine. This research may result in therapeutic approaches using combinations of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs in preventing and combating AD.
Examination of the inter-reliability of palpatory tests coupled with use of innovative methods for measuring the actual hand pressure used to palpate [or deliver Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)] and correlation with the amount of hysteresis present in the tissues being examined before and after care has the potential to dramatically improve the evidence base underlying osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). This research will improve reporting of findings and teaching of procedures in osteopathic schools and permit better titration of clinical application of OMT.
CCDA translational clinical research activity was instituted in conjunction with members of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and its Human Performance & Biomechanics Laboratory. Subjects who have participated in previous research projects and who have experienced benefits from their protocol might have the opportunity to continue in a translational clinical research setting. For example: