American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Annual AOA Research Conference

research-conference.JPGThe Council on Research directs the Annual AOA Research Conference, held each year in conjunction with the AOA Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED). DOs, professors and osteopathic medical students present their research findings and network with other researchers who share mutual interests during didactic sessions, a full poster exhibition, and a student poster competition.


 2013 AOA Research Conference


​The 2013 AOA Research Conference was held Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Program Chairs: Stanley E. Grogg, DO, and Leigh Goodson, PhD

Conference Theme: “From Bench to Bedside”

Description: The AOA Research Conference provides a national forum for osteopathic physicians, scientific researchers, residents, interns and students, who are involved in, support, and are interested in research. The conference serves to promote research within the osteopathic profession and to allow the profession to demonstrate its research interests and strengths. The conference’s goal is to disseminate research findings and to create a forum for osteopathic scientists to discuss their mutual interests concerning funding, administrative policies, and research interest topics that may lead to collaboration.

While the quantity and quality of osteopathic research has significantly improved since the turn of the century, the impact of this research has been limited in both osteopathic practice and training. In an era of evidence-based medicine, poor dissemination of this evidence will have negative consequences for this profession. Consequently, a primary goal of this three-day conference is to consolidate evidence from research that has occurred in this century and to disseminate it by highlighting the most rigorous and promising research within the program. Each day, conference participants will have the opportunity to:

  1. Evaluate recent research
  2. Identify the “strengths and gaps” within the current evidence-based osteopathic research.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this event, participants will:

  1. Have a comprehensive review of significant research by osteopathic phhysicians, biomedical scientists and colleges of osteopathic medicine
  2. Be able to institute the research findings into their clinical practice