The AOA recognizes that the advancement of scientific research plays a critical role in the mission to improve American health care through promoting osteopathic medicine. The Council on Research provides management and oversight for the research development activities of the AOA.
AOA Council on Research Strategic Plan
The 2013-22 Research Strategic Plan for the Osteopathic Medical Profession consists of a concise summary of recommendations, suggested strategies, responsible parties, and a timeline. It is important that the recommendations are strongly supported by all facets of the profession so they can be the sustained focal point for developing the osteopathic research culture over the next ten years. The strategies, responsible parties, and timeline are expected to evolve and be modified over time to optimize success for the culture of osteopathic research during the next decade.
AOA Research Conference
The Annual AOA Research Conference is a national profession-wide research forum for osteopathic physicians, scientific researchers, residents, interns and students at the osteopathic medical schools. Established in 1956, the research conference is held in conjunction with the AOA Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition. The Research Abstracts and Poster Session is an integral part of the annual research conference. The conference supports the culture of research in the profession and maintains a forum for researchers to:
Disseminate findings and clinical applications.
Develop collaborative research projects and relationships.
Address issues and methods relevant to quality osteopathic research.
Discuss mutual interests and concerns.
Attend the poster session and student poster competition.
AOA Research Grants and Fellowships
The AOA's Research Grants and Fellowships Program has funded original research within the osteopathic profession for many years. The main purposes of the program are to:
Generate and support research that develops and promotes and understanding of the philosophy, concepts, efficacy and mechanisms of osteopathic manipulative medicine.
Build and maintain the research capacity of the profession through support and training for new and developing researchers.
You can learn more about the AOA's Research, Grants and Fellowships Program by reading the AOA Research Handbook.
AOF Research Awards
The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) assumed management of the AOA Research Awards in 2006. View the "Grants and Awards" section of the AOF website to obtain current information on submitting nominations for these prestigious awards. You can find a complete listing of recipients and a history of the awards in the History of Osteopathic Medicine Virtual Museum.