The ninth International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research held in London at BCOM, took place on 14th – 16th September. Delegates presented their research during the three day event in a variety of related topics. The Keynote Speakers included Dr Dawn Carnes, Director of the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR), who started the conference with her opening presentation, Professor John C. Licciardone, Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research at the Osteopathic Research Center, University of North Texas, and Leon Chaitow, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. Osteopaths from Europe, Canada, Australia, Brazil and the USA represented their institutions and enjoyed a weekend of presentations and discussion on the latest osteopathic research. Session Chair Marjolaine Dey, from Centre Européen d’Enseignement Supérieur del’Ostépathie, France, commented: “There was a very relaxed ambience and good networking availabilities. Delegates were interesting and prestigious guests, making it a conference to remember!”
The conference dinner on Saturday was a great evening attended by ICAOR delegates. A welcome drinks reception was followed by a delicious three course dinner, where old and new friends and colleagues had a chance to catch up in the sumptuous surroundings of the Marriott Hotel, Regents Park.
ICAOR 9 closed with prizes being awarded. Mr Oliver Thomson, University of Brighton and BCOM, won the award for ‘New Researcher’, presenting his paper on ‘Approaches to Clinical Reasoning in Osteopathy’. The prize for the ‘Best Poster’ went to Mr Carlton Rowlands, Oxford Brookes University, and the ‘Established Researcher’ prize was awarded to Dr Lisa Hodge from the University of North Texas Health Science Centre, for her presentation: ‘Lymphatic Pump Treatment Enhances the Clearance of Pneumonia’.
Dr Kerstin Rolfe, Head of Research at BCOM and Session Chair at ICAOR 9, said of the event: “ICAOR was a huge success and like all good research conferences has generated collaborations and research ideas.”
Dr Ian Drysdale, Chairman of the ICAOR 2012 Organising committee and Principal at BCOM said: “ICAOR 9 has been both enjoyable and memorable with the highest of standards achieved in the research presented. The event has been truly international with osteopaths from many countries, presenting studies of a high standard and contributing so positively to the evidence base for osteopathy. It has been an honour to host our distinguished keynote speakers and we very much look forward to reading their published papers.”
“Excellent, stimulating event – I have gained greater appreciation and understanding of the stages of development and challenges facing osteopathic research.”
Delegate, ICAOR 9