Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee

The Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee (LBORC) was named for an early prominent researcher, Louisa Burns, DO. As the director of the A.T. Still Research Institute for many years, Dr. Burns studied the physiology of viscerosomatic reflexes. Her work continues to inspire osteopathic research.

LBORC is the primary committee dedicated to clinical research in the American Academy of Osteopathy. The committee strives to develop and support standards for the collection of data related to osteopathic manipulative medicine and its effect on health and disease.

Committee members assist in developing and performing clinical research studies. They may provide a consultation service to help the investigator on various aspects of the research project, including formation of the hypothesis, data gathering and analysis and publication of study results. The committee also reviews clinical research applications, and if the research project is approved, it submits a recommendation for funding to the AAO Board of Trustees.

Committee members are leaders in expanding research within the osteopathic medical profession who encourage collaboration between clinicians and basic scientists. The group serves as the AAO's liaison to the American Osteopathic Association’s Council on Research. Committee members have participated in the Osteopathic Collaborative Clinical Trials Initiative Conferences, and they have helped to create the Osteopathic Research Center (ORC) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. They collaborate with Foundation for Osteopathic Research and Continuous Education (FORCE). They create and deliver research workshops at the AOA’s Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition and at the AAO’s annual Convocation. The group has created and validated the Outpatient Osteopathic SOAP (subjective objective assessment plan) Note as well as the new Single Organ System Osteopathic Musculoskeletal Form Series. They have also worked closely with the Student American Academy of Osteopathy to increase involvement in osteopathic research among students and residents. Through these efforts, LBORC strives to develop training for physicians who wish to participate in osteopathic manual medicine research.

The committee members work in subcommittees and task forces to accomplish the research goals of the Academy. Task forces are developed to accomplish specific, short-term goals while subcommittees develop and maintain long-term projects.