Chair – COME Collaboration, is an osteopath DO with broad interests in osteopathic and touch research, neuroscience and health science focusing on interdisciplinary aspects of evidence based medicine. Francesco has published several scientific papers in this field. In 2008, he founded the European Institute for Evidence Based Osteopathic Medicine (EBOM), a non-profit research association, then transformed it into a not-for-profit foundation named COME Collaboration in 2014. In 2011, Francesco attended the Master in Public Health at Imperial College London and in 2018 obtained a PhD in Neuroscience at University of Chieti-Pescara focusing on fMRI and the interoceptive aspect of osteopathy. Francesco has received several international prizes in relation to the scientific activities conducted.
PATRICK VAN DUN
Patrick van Dun has a private practice as an osteopath in Mechelen (Belgium) and Habichtswald (Germany).
He is a Board of Trustees member of the Centre for Osteopathic MEdicine Collaboration (COME), Pescara (Italy). He is the chair and co-founder of the Commission for Osteopathic Research, Practice and Promotion vzw (CORPP). He got his M.Sc. degree in Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy at the Catholic University Leuven in 1989 and completed his osteopathy studies at COC, organised at the Free University of Brussels, in 1993. Patrick has been the Scientific Director of the German College for Osteopathic Medicine (GCOM), Wiesbaden (Germany) from 2000 till 2006 and Head of Research of Osteopathy, Department Clinical Medicine and Biotechnology, Danube University Krems (Austria) from 2010 till 2012. Patrick has been a research collaborator at the Free University of Brussels, Department of Osteopathic Sciences, Research Unit in Osteopathy, Brussels (Belgium) from 2012 till 2016.
Dr Jerry Draper-Rodi is a Senior Research Fellow at the UCO and an academic clinician. Jerry was awarded a Professional Doctorate in Osteopathy in 2016. His research was on the acceptability, feasibility and likely impact of a biopsychosocially-informed e-learning programme for non-specific LBP on experienced osteopathic practitioners' attitudes to back pain. He has presented his research at numerous conferences, including IFOMPT, SBPR, iO, CAMstrand and ICOM; and published articles in peer-reviewed journals and a book chapter.
Rafael Zegarra-Parodi is an osteopath practising in Paris. He has also been heavily involved in osteopathic education and research with previous posts at the A.T. Still Research Institute in Kirksville, USA and the UCO in London. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of IJOM and a member of the COME Collaboration BoT. He is now involved in the development of an evidence-based framework for a clinical application into modern care of the Body-Mind-Spirit paradigm, one tenet of current osteopathic principles inherited from A.T. Still interaction with Native American healing practices.
ELODIE CAMIER LEMOINE
Elodie Camier-Lemoine earned her PhD in Philosophy (with a focus on medical ethics regarding end-of-life) at Jean Moulin University (Lyon, France). She is currently project manager at the Centre of Ethics, in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes in France. Her missions include teaching and training health-care students and professionals, conferences, study groups and the organisation of public debate, in the field of medical ethics. She also teaches bioethics at Lyon Catholic University, for students in science, with a focus on the topic of new technologies.
Alexis is an osteopath graduated from the University College of Osteopathy in London. He endorsed an evidence-oriented practice in osteopathy in England after graduation and returned to Paris 2 years ago. Osteopathy has considerably enlarged his vision of the human and he became interested in the concept of a Bio-Psycho-Socio-Spiritual approach for managing musculoskeletal pain. He became involved in CPD training as an educator around that specific professional skills. Currently, he specializes in sports osteopathy and is a yoga teacher. He is now involved in the development of an evidence-based framework for clinical application in modern care of the Body-Mind-Spirit paradigm, especially in meditative practices.