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6 osteopathic researchers to know for National Osteopathic Medicine Week

From low back pain to stress reduction, these osteopathic researchers are helping us better understand important topics in health care.

Every April, the osteopathic family comes together to raise awareness of the profession and recognize DOs making a difference during National Osteopathic Medicine Week.

Osteopathic researchers are making significant contributions to medicine, health care and other fields. In honor of NOM Week, April 14-20, The DO is shining a spotlight on six of these physicians and students.

1. Dayna Yorks, DO

As the lead researcher of a 2017 study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Dr. Yorks found that that working out in a group lowers stress by 26% and significantly improves mental, physical and emotional quality of life.

2 & 3. Sajid Surve, DO & Nathan Hershberger, DO

By documenting the impact of dance on the body, these DOs are identifying how professional dancers can prevent injuries, with the hope that their work will help lengthen dancers’ careers.

4. Ben Souferi, OMS II

Souferi’s study on the regeneration and implantation of new cone cells, the primary photoreceptors that impact vision acuity and color, won a first-place award from the American Medical Association.

Ben Souferi, second-year at TouroCOM-Harlem, stands in front of his award-winning poster for his research on eyesight restoration at the AMA Expo in November.

5. Katherine Galluzzi, DO

In the JAOA, Katherine Galluzzi, DO, a gerontologist at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, used research to back up policy and clinical recommendations that she says would reduce the risk of gun violence in people suffering from dementia.

6. John Licciardone, DO

Dr. Licciardone, executive director of the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Osteopathic Research Center and the Richards-Cohen Distinguished Chair in clinical research, is analyzing the DNA of low back pain sufferers with the goal of uncovering which patients are most likely to respond to specific drugs.

John Licciardone, DO, Executive Director of the Osteopathic Research Center and the Richards-Cohen Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research.

Further reading:

How to fund your first research project

Getting into residency: Why research experience can give you an edge

More than $1.3 million in funding awarded to osteopathic researchers

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