Consortium for Collaborative Osteopathic Research Development - Practice Based Research Network (CONCORD-PBRN)

Nominatinations for Membership Currently Being Accepted
Are you interested in collaborating with CONCORD-PBRN? We are currently accepting nominations for new members to help conduct clinical research. Please click here for the nomination form. Please return completed forms to John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, executive director, by email to john.licciardone@unthsc.edu.

Mission:
To provide the evidence base for osteopathic medicine by conducting patient-centered research today and training the investigators of tomorrow.

What is CONCORD-PBRN
?
CONCORD-PBRN is a pathway for physicians who have been interested in conducting clinical research, but who do not have the training to accomplish the daily activities of clinical research. Historically, the osteopathic profession has struggled with conducting large clinical studies to evaluate the outcomes and mechanisms of osteopathic medical care, including osteopathic manipulative treatment. The Osteopathic Research Center recently completed the OSTEOPATHIC Trial, a randomized, controlled trial that assessed the efficacy of osteopathic manual treatment (OMT) and ultrasound therapy in 455 chronic low back pain subjects. This study is one of the largest clinical trials of OMT to date.

A network of trained physician researchers working in partnership with the ORC would substantially increase the impact of clinical research on developing an evidence base for osteopathic medicine. An example of a major study that could be conducted through the
CONCORD-PBRN would look at how OMT is used in clinical practice to treat patients with chronic low back pain. Over a period of five years, the ORC, working with 24 physician researchers, 5,000 subjects could potentially be recruited to this type of study. Having a network of physician researchers means that no one practice or individual bears an unrealistic burden to recruit subjects for a study.

CONCORD-PBRN is a unique, two-prong approach to developing a practice-based research network for the osteopathic profession
because it focuses on developing a research network as well as on a realistic pathway for training physician researchers.

Members who do not complete the training program conduct clinical research in collaboration with the ORC, and under the auspices of regional directors and members who have coompleted the training program.

CONCORD-PBRN uses Extended Weekend Seminars as the foundation of its training component. Each fellow selected for the program commits to attending Extended Weekend Seminars at the ORC, located on the University of North Texas Health Science Center campus in Fort Worth, Texas.

Topics covered during each annual cycle of the Extended Weekend Seminars include:

• Clinical Research Design
• Epidemiology
• Biostatistics
• Human Subjects Research
• Critical Analysis of the Biomedical Literature
• Miscellaneous Topics
• Practicum Research Planning

Total Instructional Hours: 108

In addition to the didactic training, the PBRN fellows will work closely with the ORC for at least two years to collect data on patients with chronic low back pain.

The ORC will guide fellows throughout the research and publication process.

The CONCORD-PBRN is coordinated by The Osteopathic Research Center. Directors of the CONCORD-PBRN are:

CONCORD-PBRN Executive Director:
John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA

CONCORD-PBRN Research Assistant Director:
Cathleen Kearns, BA

CONCORD-PBRN Associate Director:
Hollis H. King, DO, PhD, FAAO
University of California at San Diego
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

CONCORD-PBRN Eastern Regional Director:
Wm. Thomas Crow, DO, FAAO
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Professor, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

CONCORD-PBRN Western Regional Director:
Michael Seffinger, DO, FAAFP
Western University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA
Chair, Neuromusculoskeletal/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department

CONCORD-PBRN Advisory Board:
Members of the advisory board in addition to the CONCORD-PBRN directors listed above include:

Grace Brannan, PhD
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
COM/OPTI Research Directors Representative

Michael B. Clearfield, DO
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
COM Deans Representative

Stanley Grogg, DO
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine
COM/OPTI Research Directors Representative

Richard A. Vincent, MBA
Osteopathic Heritage Foundations
Program Advisor

Peter Zajac, DO
Pikeville University-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Inaugural Class Representative

One member from each class of CONCORD-PBRN fellows will also be named to the advisory board. In addition, other members may be named to the board over time. The board will convene three times each year - once in Fort Worth, once at the American Osteopathic Association Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition and once by teleconference.

Members of the CONCORD-PBRN class, their home institutions, board certifications and city/state are:

Reem Abu-Sbaih, DO
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology
Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
Old Westbury, NY

Murray Berkowitz, DO, MA, MS, MPH
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia Campus
Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Preventive Medicine
Suwanee, GA

John Bowling, DO
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Family Practice
Fort Worth, TX

D'Arcie Chitwood, DO, MPH
Internal Medicine/Geriatrics
San Angelo, TX

William Devine, DO
Midwestern University-Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Family Practice and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
Glendale, AZ

Robin Dyer, DO
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Family Practice and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
Tulsa, OK

Marcel Fraix, DO
Western University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pomona, CA

Deborah Heath, DO
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa
Family Practice and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
Mesa, AZ

Amber Heck, PhD
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Molecular Biology
Parker, CO

Stephen Miller, DO, MPH
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Family Practice
Harrogate, TN

Natalie Nevins, DO, MSHPE
Downey Regional Medical Center
Family Practice and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
Downey, CA

Mark Sanders, DO, MPH, JD
Family Practice
Fort Worth, TX

Sandra Sleszynski, DO
Crossroads Premiere Health
Family Practice and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
Corvalis, OR

Kevin Treffer, DO
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine
Family Practice and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
Kansas City, MO

Scott Winter, MD
University of North Texas Health Science Center -Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Psychiatry
Fort Worth, TX

Peter Zajac, DO
Pikeville University-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Family Practice
Pikeville, KY

CONCORD-PBRN is registered with the Agency for Heathcare Research and Quality as a primary care practice-based research network. Click here to view certificates from 2011-2014.

For more information about CONCORD-PBRN, please contact:


John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA
Executive Director
The Osteopathic Research Center
UNT Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard, CBH 417
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699
Phone: 817.735.2028
E-Mail: john.licciardone@unthsc.edu

Cathleen Kearns
Research Assistant Director
The Osteopathic Research Center
UNT Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard, CBH 413
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699
Phone: 817.735.0515
Email: cathleen.kearns@unthsc.edu