American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

2016 AOA Research Conference

​The 2016 AOA Research Conference was held during OMED 2016 in Anaheim, California.

Strategies for Addressing Childhood Obesity

  • Speaker: Chef Ann Cooper; Howard Teitelbaum, DO; and Colony Fugate, DO

  • Held Sept. 17 in conjunction with: AOA Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, and American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine

  • Presentation Summary: The first half of this two-part public health session focused on childhood obesity, a highly prevalent chronic condition in the United States. Presenters discussed hot topics including best prevention, diagnoses, and treatment practices, impact on patients, and research aimed at preventing obesity in children. 

Beginning Your Own Research Community-Oriented Project Presenters

  • Speaker: Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD; Erin Cortes, DO; and Rachael Galvin, OMS IV

  • Held Sept. 17 in conjunction with: AOA Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, and American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine

  • Presentation Summary: The second half of this two-part public health session was a hands-on workshop that encouraged and equipped providers to begin community-based research projects in their own environments.

Regenerative Injection Therapies for Pain:  Traditional, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Biocellular (Stem Cell) Prolotherapy

  • Speaker: Donna D. Alderman, DO

  • Held Sept. 17 in conjunction with: American Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine

  • Presentation Summary: Traditional medical models often do not offer clear-cut treatment options or outcomes for many types of musculoskeletal pain or sports injuries. Prolotherapy is a method of regenerative injection treatment that stimulates musculoskeletal repair and healing, reducing or eliminating pain, with low medical risk and high success rate. The three types of prolotherapy include traditional (dextrose), platelet rich plasma (PRP) and biocellular (stem cell). This speaker analyzed the current medical literature and discussed how each of these types of prolotherapy fits into the continuum of musculoskeletal healing.

Research Directors Meeting

Updates on Concussion Evaluation and Management

  • Speaker: Priscilla Tu, DO, FAOASM

  • Held Sept. 19 in conjunction with: American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine

  • Presentation Summary: This lecture reviewed the latest consensus statement and research regarding the evaluation and management of sports concussions. The speaker briefly reviewed concussion definition and the most recent consensus statement on concussion evaluation and management. The lecture also touched on the latest research in evaluation and management of concussions.

Evaluation and Management of the Crossed Syndromes

  • Speaker: Richard Schuster, DO, and Shawn R. Kerger, DO, FAOASM

  • Held Sept. 19 in conjunction with: American Academy of Osteopathy, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine

  • Presentation Summary: The evaluation of motor control has evolved significantly as it relates to injury prevention and rehabilitation. The initial didactic reviewed recent research as it relates clinically to the evaluation of motor control applied to both injury rehabilitation and prevention, while the laboratory focused on the clinical evaluation of motor control, how it is influenced by somatic dysfunction, and abnormal motor programming might perpetual somatic dysfunction. Attendees practiced and demonstrated the evaluation of most motor control patterns for the upper and lower extremity cross syndromes, and the most common treatments of the upper and lower cross syndromes and including OMT, focused stretching and muscle strengthening.