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SRI Scientist

Brian Degenhardt, DO

Center Director, Center for the Advancement of Osteopathic Research Methodologies, ATSRI
Director and Associate Research Professor, ATSRI
Assistant Vice President for Osteopathic Research, ATSU

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Dr. Degenhardt’s primary research goal is to advance the understanding of the body’s neuromusculoskeletal response to therapeutic touch. His first step towards this goal has been to develop instrumentation and methodologies that can be used as objective measures in clinically applicable manual medicine research and educational endeavors. These procedures, now being refined, are being disseminated to others who wish to incorporate such methods into their research.

Once the instrumentation and methodologies have been developed, Dr. Degenhardt’s next research goal is to continue to objectify the palpatory characteristics of different tissue types and the different characteristics between normal and abnormal tissue. To do so, he anticipates receiving training to utilize current and other developing noninvasive monitoring systems/ technologies (i.e. ultrasound, surface electromyography, low radiation level fluoroscopy, or/and gait analysis equipment) and incorporate them with the methods previously described.