11th International Conference
on Advances in Osteopathic Research

21 - 23 April 2017

Italy, Milan

conference place: AIMO academy, Saronno


ICAOR - A Worldwide Network for Osteopathic Research

The International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research (ICAOR) was founded by BCOM in 1999. Since its launch ICAOR has become a global event hosting osteopaths in Australia, Brazil, Europe and the USA. The original aim of ICAOR was to disseminate research information gathered by osteopaths to practitioners and students, so that an active research ethos could be developed. Since the first ICAOR, the conference has attracted over 715 delegates from 23 countries worldwide and reviewed more than 400 research submissions from 16 countries. This is a glowing testament to the ever increasing number of osteopaths who are embracing the concept of evidence based osteopathy into their clinical practice and educational institutions. Each ICAOR attracts submissions from a “Call for Papers” announcement and the number of these submissions has risen in both number and quality since the first ICAOR. Research covered is varied from animal models, pilot studies to randomised controlled trials. The subject matter is also highly varied from efficacy of treatment, patient satisfaction and biomechanics of joints.

Since the first ICAOR there has been a significant increase in the number of higher research degrees enrolled upon and completed and this forms one of the important measures of research maturity shown by the profession. An evidence base gathered from research within the osteopathic profession has never been more important to the future of the discipline, and the recognition of osteopathy by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has added further impetus to the necessity of evidence based practice.

“I have to congratulate the organisation, everything was amazing. I understand the challenges of the research in this area and I saw how advanced it was.” Delegate, ICAOR 10, Brazil

“Excellent, stimulating event – I have gained greater appreciation and understanding of the stages of development and challenges facing osteopathic research.” Delegate, ICAOR 9, London

Who are the speakers

Mr Leon Chaitow ND DO

- Honorary Fellow, University of Westminster, London
- Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies
Leon Chaitow  graduated from BCNO in 1960 and went on to train in Acupuncture and Cranial Osteopathy. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies since 1996, and has written numerous major textbooks on manual medicine.
 Leon was a senior lecturer and course leader at the University of Westminster from 1993 to 2005, when he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of  ’services to osteopathy and complementary medicine”.  He is a member of the scientific and organising committees for the International Fascia Research Congresses.

Dr. Alberto Gallace PhD

Researcher in Psychobiology, Department of Psychology University of Milano-Bicocca

Dr. Alberto Gallace received his PhD in cognitive neurosciences from University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy, in 2005. After the completion of his PhD, he worked for 2 years in the Department of Experimental Psychology of Oxford University on crossmodal integration. He now works as a university researcher at the Department of psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, where he teaches psychobiology of human behavior. His research activity investigates the cognitive and neural correlates of somatosensory perception, pain and body representation. He authored 2 books, over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals (including general science journals, such as PNAS and leading journals in his field, such as Psychological Bulletin, Brain, Pain, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Neurology), and over 10 book chapters.

Dr. Lisa Hodge PhD

- Associate Professor, The Department of Cell Biology and Immunology, Osteopathic Heritage Basic Science Research Chair, The Osteopathic Research Center, University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Dr. Lisa Hodge received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of North Texas and her postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Immunology and holds a joint appointment with the Osteopathic Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Hodge is part of a growing network of basic science researchers using rigorous scientific methodology to understand the biology of manual therapies. Dr. Hodge is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Osteopathy, Osteopathic International Alliance, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, the American Association of Immunologists and the American Society for Microbiology.

Prof Dr. Wilfrid Jänig

- Professor of Physiology Emeritus, Physiologisches Institut, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

Graduated from the Universities of Tübingen, Hamburg and Heidelberg in 1966 and went onto do an Advanced Thesis (Habilitation) at the University of Heidelberg in 1971. Since then he has been teaching as visiting professor at universities in Germany, Israel, Australia, Japan, England and the US.
Since 2003 Prof Jänig has been Professor Emeritus of the Dept of Physiology, University Kiel, Germany lecturing on the subject of Autonomic Nervous System and Emotions. He also lectures on Neurobiological Mechanism underlying manual/osteopathic medicine in Germany, Italy, Austria, The Netherlands and Spain.
Prof Jänig has published and reviewed numerous scientific works and supervised PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Silvestro Roatta Phd

- Associate Professor of Physiology, Department of Neuroscience, University of Torino, Politecnico

Silvestro Roatta received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (1993) and his PhD in Physiology from the University of Torino (1997). Currently, he is Associate Professor of Physiology and head of the Integrative Physiology Lab, at the Dept of Neuroscience, University of Torino.
His research interests include stress and sympathetic modulation of muscle and motor function, motor control of the mandible in health and disease and the control blood flow in skeletal muscle.
He teaches Human Physiology at the School of Dentistry, and at the School of Biomedical Engineering and is director of the Master in Echography for Nurses and Obstetricians (MEPIO)
He published over 40 articles on peer-reviewed journals.

Post Graduate Course program

Post Graduate - Wilfrid Janig

The acute and chronic pain is the most frequent reason for consultation by patients who turn to osteopaths. In recent decades, the scientific literature has produced an increasing number of studies on the relationship between pain and the autonomic nervous system (ANS).

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Post Graduate - Leon Chaitow

The workshop will explore the osteopathic relevance of basic science on fascial research to encourage analgesic, anti-inflammatory effects; enhancing tissue repair; reducing fibrosis/ adhesions/scar formation; improving circulation, drainage, mobility and function.

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How to arrive in Saronno

Detailed Road in Saronno

Motorway A9 “Lainate-Como-Chiasso”, exit “Saronno”, at the roundabout take the 2nd exit for “Strada provinciale 233”, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit Via Novara, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit for Via Varese. AIMO is situated in the square on the right (Piazzale Santuario).

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From Highway Milan-Turin (A4)

From MILANO 23km
Motorway “dei Laghi” A9 , direction to Como-Chiasso, exit “Saronno. Strada statale del "Sempione" n° 233, direction to Varese.

From TORINO 163km
Motorway A4 , direction to Milano, interchange of Milano Ghisolfa for tangenziale ovest direction to Milano Nord, connection A9 "Laghi", direction to Como-Chiasso, exit “Saronno”.

From Switzerland 32km
(from the border) Motorway from Bellinzona (km. 102), Lugano (km 61), Chiasso (km 32), then take the Motorway “dei Laghi” A9 , direction to Milano, exit “Saronno.

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From Linate Airport

Ringroad East, directed to Milano Nord, connection with motorway “dei Laghi" A9 , direction to Como-Chiasso, exit “Saronno". Bus 73 ATM , from the airport (cost of the ticket 0,77 euro, available at kiosks or authorized shops) to the center of Milan (subway S. Babila square) in 25 minutes, departure every 10 minutes. Line 1 (red line) from San Babila to Milano Cadorna Railway Station. Trains for Saronno.

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From Malpensa Airport

National road n°336, per Gallarate, Busto Arsizio, Castellanza, Rescaldina, Uboldo, Saronno. Raylway Station “Ferrovie Nord Milano” , internal to terminal 1 of Malpensa airport; take "Malpensa Express". 20 min. to Saronno.

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Hotel Offer

ICAOR 11 is pleased to offer its participants agreements with some prestigious hotels in Saronno and Milan.

The Grand Milan Hotel Saronno. Just 500 meters from the venue AIMO
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Three hotels in the UNA Hotel in Milan
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Genius Downtown Hotel in Milan.
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ICAOR11 is organized by:

BCOM - British College of Ostepathic Medicine
Lief House - Finchley Road - London - NW3 5HR UK
+44 (0)20 7435 6464

AIMO - Accademia Italiana di Medicina Osteopatica
Piazza Santuario 7 - Saronno (VA)
+39 02 96705292

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