John N. Howell, Ph.D.
Emeritus Associate Professor of Physiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Director of Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuromusculoskeletal Research (IINR)
howell@ohio.edu
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740-593-2357
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My current research work is focused in two areas.

The Virtual Haptic Back. The purpose of the VHB project is to create in virtual reality, using haptic interfaces, a simulation of the feel of the human back to assist in training osteopathic medical students and others in palpatory diagnosis of somatic dysfunction. The project involves software development and the testing of the simulation with users, including medical students. The simulation, currently based on two haptic interfaces, the Phantom 3.0, from SensAble Technologies, permits two-fingered palpation in real time of a “normal back” as well as various abnormalities.

We are interested in expanding the use of this technology for simulation of other diagnostic procedures dependent upon palpation.

Physiological effects of manipulative treatment of somatic dysfunction. In particular we are examining at stretch and H-reflexes in response to manipulative treatment in Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.
   
   
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Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
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