September 14, 2005

The National Institutes of Health issued the Midcareer Investigator Award in Osteopathic Medicine to John Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, director of clinical research at the Osteopathic Research Center.

â??The grant provides me with the opportunity to learn more about advances in the basic sciences as they relate to osteopathic manipulative treatment and to serve as a mentor for beginning clinician investigators and osteopathic medical students and residents,â? Dr. Licciardone said. â??It also provides support for the Osteopathic Research Center to conduct the largest randomized controlled trial of OMT ever undertaken in subjects with low back pain.â?

The five-year, $778,231 grant will provide Dr. Licciardone, principal investigator of the award, with the opportunity to complete career development activities involving osteopathic manipulative medicine as well as pain pathways and placebo mechanisms as they pertain to chronic low back pain.

The career development activities will be available at the health science center through graduate courses in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Public Health, and nationally through research with other investigators in collaboration with the Osteopathic Research Center. Off-campus training and education will be available through various organizations such as the American Academy of Osteopathy.

â??Learning about new developments in such disciplines as biochemistry, molecular cell biology, immunology, neuroscience and physiology may not only help explain the effects that OMT has on the musculoskeletal system, but also the effects it has on the automatic nervous system, the immune system and lymphatic flow,â? said Dr. Licciardone.

Founded in 2001, the Osteopathic Research Center was developed with an initial investment of $1.1 million over a four-year period (2002-2005) from the American Osteopathic Foundation, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. These same osteopathic organizations have re-funded the ORC, bringing the total investment to $2 million for the eight-year period. The ORC works to increase evidence-based knowledge about the mechanisms of action and clinical efficacy of osteopathic manipulative medicine through research, training, and conducting both local and national research.


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