March 14, 2005

The University of North Texas Health Science Center will host the Osteopathic Collaborative Clinical Trials Initiative Conference VI, â??Hot Topics in OMM Research,â? April 7â??8 in conjunction with the institutionâ??s Research Appreciation Day.

This national conference, which is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, brings together osteopathic physicians, residents and medical students to discuss clinical research in osteopathic disciplines. Participants will present abstracts and posters highlighting their latest research findings. Awards will be given to the best student posters and essays.

â??We are honored to host this conference, which focuses on the understanding we gain about osteopathy through medical research,â? said Ronald Blanck, DO, president of the health science center. â??We are on the brink of discovering how osteopathic manipulative medicine positively impacts our patients, and we need physicians, students and residents to continue opening the doors to understanding.â?

OCCTIC VI opens Wednesday night with a welcome reception at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel. On Thursday, participants can attend sessions on the American Osteopathic Associationâ??s research strategic direction and on current research being conducted in OMM. Presenters include the health science centerâ??s Scott Stoll, DO, chair and associate professor of manipulative medicine and executive director of the Osteopathic Research Center; and John Licciardone, DO, associate professor of family medicine; and American Osteopathic Association President George Thomas, DO.

Fridayâ??s activities include poster presentations, oral presentations and a luncheon hosted by Dr. Blanck and featuring keynote speaker Shan Wong, PhD, National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Wong will speak on the NIH/NCCAM five-year strategic plan and its relevance to osteopathic medicine. The conference closes following a 5:30 p.m. awards ceremony Friday evening.

Physicians attending the conference can receive up to 11 hours of Category 11A continuing medical education credit through the health science centerâ??s Professional and Continuing Education Office.

For additional information or to register, visit OCCTICâ??s Web site at


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail

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