November 8, 2005

Scott Stoll, DO, PhD, executive director of the Osteopathic Research Center, received an R21 exploratory/developmental grant for clinical studies from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health to study Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful, progressive condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. Initial treatment for the disorder usually involves wearing a splint to keep the wrist from twisting or bending, and the condition may even lead to surgery if the symptoms persist for six months or longer.

The $568,000 grant, â??Treatment Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,â? will support a three-year clinical trial to examine whether an eight week regimen of osteopathic manipulative treatment will have immediate and lasting positive effects on the symptoms, functional limitation, and physiologic impairment associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

The Osteopathic Research Center, a national research organization housed at the UNT Health Science Center, was developed in 2001 with an initial investment of $1.1 million over a four- year period (2002-2005) from the American Osteopathic Foundation, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. These same osteopathic organizations have re-funded the ORC for the next four years, bringing the total investment to $2 million for the eight year period.

The ORC works to increase evidence-based knowledge about the mechanisms of action and clinical efficacy of osteopathic manipulative medicine through research, training, and conducting local and national research.

The ORC staff include: Dr. Stoll; Hollis King, PhD, DO, associate executive director; Michael L. Smith, PhD, research core director; John Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, director of clinical research; Daisha Cipher, PhD, biostatistics core director; des Anges Cruser, PhD, administrative director; Krista Thrasher, senior editorial assistant; Heather Denney, MPA, research project manager; Kimberly Fulda, MPH, research project manager; and Asma Salam, MD, clinical research coordinator.

Contact: Andrea Arterbery 817-735-5152 e-mailaarterbe@hsc.unt.edu.

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