March 23, 2007

Lisa Hodge, PhD, was named the first Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Basic Science Research Chair for the national Osteopathic Research Center (ORC), which is located on the Health Science Center campus. Dr. Hodge earned her doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2001. She returned to the Health Science Center as a research assistant professor in 2005. The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation has now funded two research chairs in the ORC. John Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, the ORC’s director of clinical research, is the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Clinical Research Chair.

John Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine, and director of clinical research and Osteopathic Heritage Clinical Research chair at the Osteopathic Research Center, served as a World Health Organization expert at its first-ever WHO Consultation on Osteopathy in Milan, Italy, last month. The consultation met to develop the “WHO Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Osteopathy,” which will be used by national licensing and regulatory agencies worldwide to ensure the qualified practice of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine. Dr. Licciardone’s research on osteopathic manipulative treatment of lower back pain is cited in the guidelines.

Damon Schranz, DO, medical director of the UNT Health Seminary Family Medicine Clinic, was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians earlier this month. Dr. Schranz is a 1998 TCOM graduate.

The Health Science Center was well represented at the recent American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine research conference in Colorado. UNTHSC faculty members presented at over half the nearly 40 sessions and workshops.  The conference, entitled Research Opportunities in Osteopathic Manipulation: Training Our Residents and Undergraduates Now! (ROOM TO RUN), was managed by the Osteopathic Research Center (ORC). Presenters included: des Anges Cruser, PhD, MPA, associate professor and administrative director, ORC, who was the ROOM TO RUN program co-chair; Fred Downey, PhD, professor and vice chairman, Department of Integrative Physiology; Kendi Hensel, DO, assistant professor, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM); Hollis King, DO, PhD, associate professor, OMM, and associate executive director, ORC; Marty Knott, PhD, TCOM Class of 2007; John Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, professor, OMM, and director of clinical research and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Clinical Research Chair, ORC; Michael Smith, PhD, professor and chairman, Department of Integrative Physiology; Scott T. Stoll, DO, PhD, chairman and associate professor, OMM, and executive director, ORC.

The Health Science Center’s Texas Center for Health Disparities awarded graduate assistant research fellowships to three students in January: Raymond Duncan and Akiko Dohi, both PhD candidates in pharmacology and neuroscience; and Shashank Bharill, a PhD candidate in molecular biology and immunology. Each fellowship includes a stipend of $20,770 per year, and tuition and student health insurance for up to two years. The Center awards fellowships each year to students whose health disparities research is focused on heart disease and stroke, infant mortality, cancer, mental health, diabetes or HIV and AIDS.

The Center also awarded grants to two UNTHSC faculty members this month. James Simpkins, PhD, and Armin Mikler, PhD, will receive up to $40,000 over the next two years for pilot research projects. The grants will support research projects that will stimulate basic, translational, clinical and public health research in health disparities.

Get-healthy participants

Congratulations to a group of employees in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine who are “practicing what they preach.” They came up with a creative way to encourage each other to lose weight and get healthy. They split into two teams (The Cowtown Cuties vs. The Determinators) to compete for cash. Each week the members weighed in and added to the pot $3 if they lost weight or stayed the same and $5 if they gained weight. After 10 weeks, the pot totaled nearly $500 – half of which was split among the team that lost the most weight and the other half went to the member who lost the most. In all, the participants lost 106.5 pounds and 93 inches. And several even ran the Cowtown 5k in February. Participants included: Amy Baker, Natalie Cole, Kimberly Cook, Jeannette Humphrey, Cathleen Kearns, Carol Knisley, Terri Maples, Leanne McGrath, Olivia Pena, Toni Pitts, Sonia Renteria, Barbara Shen, Scott Stoll, DO, PhD, Patty Williams and Kelly Ylitalo. The “biggest loser,” Kendi Hensel, DO, said she’ll spend her share of the winnings to have her clothes altered and buy new ones.

Photo: Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Chairman Scott Stoll, DO, PhD, and some of his competitive colleagues at a recent weigh-in during their get-healthy challenge. UNT HSC Logo

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