American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

2015 AOA Research Conference

​The 2015 AOA Research Conference was held during OMED 2015 in Orlando.

Toxicological Consideration for Evaluating Chemical-Induced Injuries

  • Speaker: Raymond D. Harbison, MS, PhD

  • Held Oct. 19 in conjunction with: American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine.

Deep Brian Stimulation and Parkinson’s Disease

  • Speaker: Laxman B. Bahroo, DO

  • Held Oct. 20 in conjunction with:  American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists

  • Presentation Summary: This lecture is designed to improve understanding of the role of DBS surgery in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) including benefits and side effects. DBS is a very important tool in the management of PD that is refractory to medical management.  Surgery and device implantation is a commitment between the surgeon, neurologist and the patient. It cannot be entered into casually or without proper understanding of objectives. It is important for practitioners to evaluate patients correctly, be aware of inclusion and exclusion criteria, set realistic expectations about peri-operative course, post-operative medication and DBS programming. It is vital to understand side effects, complications and potential pitfalls on the road to surgery and beyond. The course will review common facts and fictions surrounding DBS as well as review resources designed to aid the clinician in patient care.