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Northup Medical Writing Award Presented During AOA's Annual Business Meeting

Aug. 12, 2014

(CHICAGO) – The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) presented lead author Thanh V. Cao, BS, with the George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award for the article “In Vitro Biomechanical Strain Regulation of Fibroblast Wound Healing.” The article appeared in the November 2013 issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

The study, conducted by Cao; Michael R. Hicks, BS; and Paul R. Standley, PhD, builds upon a prior body of work in this area. It uses scientific methods to explore the mechanisms by which fibroblasts are impacted by stressors and how osteopathic manipulative treatment might alter the mechanics and cellular milieu.

The award was presented during the AOA’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, held July 18-20, in Chicago.

About the Northup Award

The Northup Award is bestowed annually to the best article published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) the previous year. The award recognizes contributions to the JAOA that have the potential to change the way osteopathic physicians think, practice medicine and conduct research. 

Dr. Northup, the award’s namesake, was the AOA’s editor in chief for 26 years and the AOA’s president in 1958-1959.

About the House of Delegates

The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at


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