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Eric R Secor Jr. ND, MS, LAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM)

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUConn Health Center
DepartmentImmunology
AddressMC 1319
MC 1319
263 Farmington Avenue
Phone860-679-8439
Fax860-679-1868
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    Dr. Eric Secor received his bachelors and pre-medical training at Central Connecticut State University, and his N.D. and M.S. from Bastyr University. While completing the doctoral and masters program at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Secor specialized in integrative medicine and nutritional supplement education. His integrated experience includes clinic rounds in an HIV Integrated Care Clinic, Mind Body Clinic, Combined Natural Medicine and Acupuncture Clinic, a year experience in counseling, and advanced studies in The Kür Spa Course: Balneology and Health Resort Medicine in the Czech Republic, where he continues to consult with patient programs. He has worked and consulted for the nutriceutical industry since 1995. He successfully completed a postdoctoral fellowship with a concentration in immunology from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and just received a five year K-08 Career Development Award from NIH/NCCAM.

    His current studies in the laboratory of Dr. Roger Thrall at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington include: the anti-inflammatory effects of botanical extracts such as Bromelain from Ananas cosmosus (common pineapple), the use of complementary medicine in clinical setting, completion of the Masters of Public Health degree, and postdoctoral course-work in immunology.


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    1. Szczepanek SM, Roberts S, Rogers K, Cotte C, Adami AJ, Bracken SJ, Salmon S, Secor ER, Thrall RS, Andemariam B, Metzger DW. Poor Long-Term Efficacy of Prevnar-13 in Sickle Cell Disease Mice Is Associated with an Inability to Sustain Pneumococcal-Specific Antibody Titers. PLoS One. 2016; 11(2):e0149261. PMID: 26910228.
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    2. Carson WF, Guernsey LA, Singh A, Secor ER, Wohlfert EA, Clark RB, Schramm CM, Kunkel SL, Thrall RS. Cbl-b Deficiency in Mice Results in Exacerbation of Acute and Chronic Stages of Allergic Asthma. Front Immunol. 2015; 6:592. PMID: 26635806.
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    3. Gronowicz G, Secor ER, Flynn JR, Jellison ER, Kuhn LT. Therapeutic Touch Has Significant Effects on Mouse Breast Cancer Metastasis and Immune Responses but Not Primary Tumor Size. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015; 2015:926565. PMID: 26113869; PMCID: PMC4465772.
    4. Andemariam B, Adami AJ, Singh A, McNamara JT, Secor ER, Guernsey LA, Thrall RS. The sickle cell mouse lung: proinflammatory and primed for allergic inflammation. Transl Res. 2015 Sep; 166(3):254-68. PMID: 25843670; PMCID: PMC4537824 [Available on 09/01/16].
    5. Secor ER, Szczepanek SM, Castater CA, Adami AJ, Matson AP, Rafti ET, Guernsey L, Natarajan P, McNamara JT, Schramm CM, Thrall RS, Silbart LK. Bromelain Inhibits Allergic Sensitization and Murine Asthma via Modulation of Dendritic Cells. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013; 2013:702196. PMID: 24381635; PMCID: PMC3870104.
    6. Szczepanek SM, Secor ER, Bracken SJ, Guernsey L, Rafti E, Matson A, Thrall RS, Andemariam B. Transgenic sickle cell disease mice have high mortality and dysregulated immune responses after vaccination. Pediatr Res. 2013 Aug; 74(2):141-7. PMID: 23728384; PMCID: PMC4487511.
    7. Siddiqui S, Secor ER, Silbart LK. Broncho-alveolar macrophages express chemokines associated with leukocyte migration in a mouse model of asthma. Cell Immunol. 2013 Feb; 281(2):159-69. PMID: 23685352.
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    8. Secor ER, Szczepanek SM, Singh A, Guernsey L, Natarajan P, Rezaul K, Han DK, Thrall RS, Silbart LK. LC-MS/MS Identification of a Bromelain Peptide Biomarker from Ananas comosus Merr. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012; 2012:548486. PMID: 23082082; PMCID: PMC3467939.
    9. Szczepanek SM, McNamara JT, Secor ER, Natarajan P, Guernsey LA, Miller LA, Ballesteros E, Jellison E, Thrall RS, Andemariam B. Splenic morphological changes are accompanied by altered baseline immunity in a mouse model of sickle-cell disease. Am J Pathol. 2012 Nov; 181(5):1725-34. PMID: 23000264; PMCID: PMC3483810.
    10. Secor ER, Shah SJ, Guernsey LA, Schramm CM, Thrall RS. Bromelain limits airway inflammation in an ovalbumin-induced murine model of established asthma. Altern Ther Health Med. 2012 Sep-Oct; 18(5):9-17. PMID: 22894886.
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    11. Natarajan P, Singh A, McNamara JT, Secor ER, Guernsey LA, Thrall RS, Schramm CM. Regulatory B cells from hilar lymph nodes of tolerant mice in a murine model of allergic airway disease are CD5+, express TGF-ß, and co-localize with CD4+Foxp3+ T cells. Mucosal Immunol. 2012 Nov; 5(6):691-701. PMID: 22718263; PMCID: PMC3480990.
    12. McNamara JT, Schramm CM, Singh A, Secor ER, Guernsey LA, Lefrançois L, Thrall RS. Phenotypic changes to the endogenous antigen-specific CD8+ T cell response correlates with the development and resolution of allergic airway disease. Am J Pathol. 2012 May; 180(5):1991-2000. PMID: 22452921; PMCID: PMC3349839.
    13. Tallmadge RL, McLaughlin K, Secor E, Ruano D, Matychak MB, Flaminio MJ. Expression of essential B cell genes and immunoglobulin isotypes suggests active development and gene recombination during equine gestation. Dev Comp Immunol. 2009 Sep; 33(9):1027-38. PMID: 19442687.
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    14. Secor ER, Singh A, Guernsey LA, McNamara JT, Zhan L, Maulik N, Thrall RS. Bromelain treatment reduces CD25 expression on activated CD4+ T cells in vitro. Int Immunopharmacol. 2009 Mar; 9(3):340-6. PMID: 19162239; PMCID: PMC2662479.
    15. Singh A, Carson WF, Secor ER, Guernsey LA, Flavell RA, Clark RB, Thrall RS, Schramm CM. Regulatory role of B cells in a murine model of allergic airway disease. J Immunol. 2008 Jun 1; 180(11):7318-26. PMID: 18490731; PMCID: PMC2576522.
    16. Singh A, Thrall RS, Guernsey LA, Carson WF, Secor ER, Cone RE, Rajan TV, Schramm CM. Subcutaneous late phase responses are augmented during local inhalational tolerance in a murine asthma model. Immunol Cell Biol. 2008 Aug-Sep; 86(6):535-8. PMID: 18458679; PMCID: PMC2576509.
    17. Secor ER, Carson WF, Singh A, Pensa M, Guernsey LA, Schramm CM, Thrall RS. Oral Bromelain Attenuates Inflammation in an Ovalbumin-induced Murine Model of Asthma. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008 Mar; 5(1):61-9. PMID: 18317550; PMCID: PMC2249734.
    18. Juhasz B, Thirunavukkarasu M, Pant R, Zhan L, Penumathsa SV, Secor ER, Srivastava S, Raychaudhuri U, Menon VP, Otani H, Thrall RS, Maulik N. Bromelain induces cardioprotection against ischemia-reperfusion injury through Akt/FOXO pathway in rat myocardium. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2008 Mar; 294(3):H1365-70. PMID: 18192224; PMCID: PMC2581828.
    19. Kabbur PM, Carson WF, Guernsey L, Secor ER, Thrall RS, Schramm CM. Interleukin-10 does not mediate inhalational tolerance in a chronic model of ovalbumin-induced allergic airway disease. Cell Immunol. 2006 Jan; 239(1):67-74. PMID: 16765924.
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    20. Schramm CM, Guernsey L, Secor E, Thrall RS. Tolerance induced by chronic inhaled antigen in a murine asthma model is not mediated by endotoxin. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2006 May; 1762(5):499-501. PMID: 16616459.
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    21. Secor ER, Carson WF, Cloutier MM, Guernsey LA, Schramm CM, Wu CA, Thrall RS. Bromelain exerts anti-inflammatory effects in an ovalbumin-induced murine model of allergic airway disease. Cell Immunol. 2005 Sep; 237(1):68-75. PMID: 16337164; PMCID: PMC2576519.
    22. Secor ER, Markow MJ, Mackenzie J, Thrall RS. Implementation of outcome measures in a complementary and alternative medicine clinic: evidence of decreased pain and improved quality of life. J Altern Complement Med. 2004 Jun; 10(3):506-13. PMID: 15253855.
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