Life + Career Osteopathic Research OMED Research Track Past AOA Research Focus Tracks

Past AOA Research Focus Tracks

Blast from the past

View agendas and poster winners from previous Research Focus Tracks

This year's Research Focus Track takes place as part of OMED, Oct. 5-9 in San Diego.

Learn more about the latest research findings presented during the past two Research Focus Tracks as well as information presented by the poster contest winners.


2017 Research Focus Track

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

Where: All programs will be held in Room 108AB, Level 100, Pennsylvania Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

OMED Poster Session and Student Poster Competition

  • When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. AOA Poster Session; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student Poster Competition

  • Where: Exhibit Hall Foyer

​​View the latest research ​ findings from established researchers and students. The student poster competition is held in collaboration with the National Student Osteopathic Medical Association.

Joint Session with American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists, Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, and American Osteopathic Society of Rheumatic Diseases

Concussion, Prevention, and Early Intervention

When: 8 to 9 a.m.

  • Speakers: Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC

Traumatic Brain Injury – Interdisciplinary Strategies for Treatment

  • When: 9 to 9:50 a.m.

  • Speaker: John Riggs, MD

  •  Learn how to explain the complexity of brain injury itself and to discuss an understanding of pathophysiology to include inflammatory processes.

Attendees also will understand the contrast between military TBI vs civilian and the component of PTSD with hyper arousal, and understand the need for an interdisciplinary team to address this complex injury.

Enhancing Self Management of Chronic Post Concussive Symptoms

  • When: 9:50 to 10:30 a.m.

  •  Speaker: Scott Mooney, PhD

Learn the history of other TBI recovery strategy programs with similar formats and limitations. Understand the development of the Functional Recovery Program and its unique intervention style and comprehensive holistic approach. Attendees also will learn more about the outcome instruments and the outcome noted in the program.

Presentation

Cognitive Enhancement and Maintenance After Mild Concussion

  • When: 10:30 to 11:05 a.m.

  • Speaker: Aparna Vijayan, PhD

  •  Understand the impact of pain, mood and sleep issues on attention, memory and information processing. Describe a range of task-specific strategies to improve attention and memory.

Attendees also will be able to provide information on different resources available for cognitive rehabilitation. Increase networking between the attendees for further growth and advancement of professional services rendered to patients who have cognitive challenges resulting from stroke and/or brain injury.

Additionally, participants will increase their awareness of the rehabilitation approaches provided by speech pathologists in cognitive rehabilitation and how these are of benefit to service members.

Traumatic Brain Injury

  • When: 11:05 to 11:40 a.m.

  • Speaker: Ronald Paolini, DO, D.FACN

  • Understand the role of a psychiatrist in an interdisciplinary team treating military patients in a three-week intensive outpatient program, and discuss interventions to establish group communication and trust within an intensive outpatient program.

Attendees also will understand the concepts of empowerment and Warriors Path/Journey as it relates to this program, and share with the audience the fundamental knowledge we have learned in working with our military population.

Panel Discussion and Questions

  • When: 11:40 a.m. to noon

Research Training Seminar

Joint Session with the Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, and the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG).

  • When: 1:30 to 5 p.m.

  • This workshop aims to provide a foundation for residents and others who are new to research. Highlights of the workshop include a panel discussion with AOA research grantees, who will share lessons learned through their experiences and solutions to some common research challenges. Though this workshop is hosted by ACOOG, it is open to all students, residents, and new investigators who would like to broaden their knowledge and improve their research skills.

Treatment Updates in Clinical Immunology

Joint Session with the American Osteopathic College of Allergy and Immunology, and the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research.

  • When: 1:30 to 2 p.m.

  • Where: Room 201A, Level 100, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Speaker: Massoud Mahmoudi, DO, PhD

  • Learn about the availability of new medications and new treatments for various immune related disorders. Recognize the therapeutic benefit of these new therapies.

Presentation ​​

Functional Medicine in Primary Care: Osteopathic at its Best

Joint Session with the American Academy of Osteopathy, and the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research.

  • When: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

  • Where: Ballroom A, Level 300, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Speaker: Aunna Herbst, DO, ND, CFMP

  •  Become familiar with fun​ctional medicine. Share Cleveland Clinic’s functional medicine’s research/clinical practice. Demonstrate how functional medicine and osteopathy can be beneficial to patient outcomes in a primary care case study.​​

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
OMED Poster Session and Student Poster Competition

  • When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. AOA Poster Session; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Student Poster Competition

  • Where: Exhibit Hall Foyer

  •  View the latest research findings from established researchers and students. The student poster competition is held in collaboration with the National Student Osteopathic Medical Association.

Pregnancy Research on Osteopathic Manipulation Optimizing Treatment Efforts: The PROMOTE Study Protocol and Early Intervention
Joint Session with the American Academy of Osteopathy and the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research.

  • When: 9:30 a.m. to noon

  • Where: Ballroom A, Level 300, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Speakers: Kendi L. Hensel, DO, PhD

Demonstrate knowledge of current research on the use of OMT during pregnancy. Become familiar with the techniques used in the PROMOTE (Pregnancy Research on Osteopathic Manipulation Optimizing Treatment Effects) study. Review billing and coding for OMT.

Review billing and coding for OMT.

Presentation​

Research Directors Meeting

  • When: 2 to 3:30 p.m.

  • Where: Marriott Hotel, Franklin 8 and 9 (4th Floor)

Student Poster Competition and New AOA Research Grant Recipients’ Awards and Networking Reception

  • When: 6 to 7 p.m.

  • Where: Marriott Hotel, Franklin 8 and 9 (4th Floor)

  • Recognize the first and second prize winners of the student poster competitions, honor the newest research grant recipients, and network with other researchers. ​​

  • When: 6 to 7 p.m.

2017 Student Poster Competition winners

The 2017 Poster Session and Student Poster Competition was held Oct. 7-10 at OMED 2017 in Philadelphia. See the listing below for first and second place winners as well as the FORCE winners.

 

First Place

​Katrina Bantis, OMS II

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chronic Diseases and Conditions

B5 – Prolonged Fasting Attenuates Mitophagy and Impairs Cardiac Function in Mice

Cara Vernacchia, OMS III

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California

Pain Management

C32 – Changes in Children and Parental Emotional Behavior Determine Long-Term Outcomes for Children with Chronic Pain Following Interdisciplinary Pain Management Program

Prarthana Pradeep, OMS III

Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chronic Diseases and Conditions

B21 – Evaluating Gap Junctional Intercellular Communication in Breast Cancer Cells Potential for Increasing Chemotherapeutic Spread

Second Place

Andrew Tariao Mariano, OMS III

Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chronic Diseases and Conditions

B4Creation of Ing3 Men1 and Rb1 Knockout in Mouse MC3T3E1 Cells Using CRISPR System

 Elizabeth George, OMS IV

 New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Philosophy

C31 Pressure Variances in the Diagnosis of Lumbar Somatic Dysfunctions

 Alexander M. Stangle, OMS IV

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Philosophy

C29 FITPHYSICIAN The Use of Wearable Technology Combined with Physical Activity Education in Medical Students: A Randomized Clinical Trial

 Sabrina Wedee, OMS I

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California

Osteopathic Philosophy

B26 Cannabinoid Signaling Mechanisms During Axon Development in Situ

 Matthew S. Goldfinger, OMS III

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chronic Diseases and Conditions

C10 Common Medications as a Risk Factor for Parkinson’s Disease: A Case Control Study

 Yasmin Bains, OMS II

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California

Chronic Diseases and Conditions

C11 Small Dense LDL Correlates with Dlactate in Obese Adolescents: A Link Between Dyslipoproteinemia Triose Flux and Glycation

FORCE Winners

Nicole Angelo, OMS III

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Impact of OMM/OMT

C23Comparing the Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine versus Concussion Education for the Acute Treatment of Mild Concussion Symptoms

 James Docherty, OMS III

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Impact of OMM/OMT

C24 Effect of Pedal Pump Lymphatic Technique on Exercise Recovery After Maximal Exercise

 

2016 AOA Research Focus Track

​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

  • Held Sept. 18.

  • The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute presentation was given by Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, ​​Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer and Program Director, Communication and Dissemination Research.

  • Presentation
  • The AOA Department of Research and Development Update was presented by Kenya McRae, JD, PhD, Vice President.

    Research and Development Update – OMED 2016

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.

2016 Poster Session and Student Poster Competition

View the presenters at the poster session and student poster competition Sept. 17-20, 2016, in Anaheim, California.

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