Wayne State University receives $604,000 to study the effects of massage therapy on premature infantsSeptember 9, 2005
Wayne State University’s School of Medicine faculty member, Jocelyn Ang, MD, has been awarded $604,000 for a grant titled, “Effects of Massage Therapy on Immune System of Preterm Infants,” from the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine. This three-year grant, in collaboration with seven faculty members from various departments within the School of Medicine at WSU, aims to investigate the effects of massage therapy on immune systems of premature infants and will provide valuable information on potential immune parameters associated with stress reduction and improved development in premature infants undergoing massage therapy.
According to Dr. Ang, “Data from this study could also impact future explorations on potential effects of massage therapy on the immune responses to childhood vaccinations and susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections.”
Dr. Ang, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at WSU, received her Doctor of Medicine from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines. She resides in Troy, Michigan.
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