Projects

The following projects are active for COME members recruitment

Should you wish to actively participate, please send an email to info@comecollaboration.org detailing your interests

Neonatology and Osteopathy

Status: Active

Description: The neo-O Project is a unique international interdisciplinary collaborative project promoted that focuses on improving the health of premature babies through clinical procedures based on the effects of "affective touch"

Country/City: Italy, Spain, UAE

Research Collaborative Partners: University of Liverpool, Bicocca University, Research Centre for Brain and Behaviour, Piaget Institute, SOMA

Project Leader: Andrea Manzotti

Associated Publications:

McGlone F, Cerritelli F, Walker S, Esteves J. The role of gentle touch in perinatal osteopathic manual therapy. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2017 Jan;72:1-9.

Cerritelli F, Pizzolorusso G, Renzetti C, Cozzolino V, D'Orazio M, Lupacchini M, Marinelli B, Accorsi A, Lucci C, Lancellotti J, Ballabio S, Castelli C, Molteni D, Besana R, Tubaldi L, Perri FP, Fusilli P, D'Incecco C, Barlafante G. A multicenter, randomized, controlled trial of osteopathic manipulative treatment on preterms. PLoS One. 2015 May 14;10(5):e0127370.

Members Recruitment: Open

Osteopathic Practitioners Estimates and RAtes

Status: Active

Description: Osteopathic Practitioners Estimates and RAtes is a pan-European census project aiming at estimating the number of osteopaths working in Europe. With several nation-based census, the OPERA project will provide information on the osteopathic scenario to be used by policymakers, stakeholders, researchers and clinicians.

Country/City: Italy, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Luxembourg, The Netherlands

Research Collaborative Partners: Italy: ABEOS, AIMO, AISERCO, ASOMI, CERDO, CIO, CSDOI, CSOT, ICOM, ICOMM, IEMO, metaosteopatia, OSCE, SOFI, SOMA, SSOI, advanced osteopathy, APO, osteopatia per bambini, SOSI, tuttosteopatia. Spain: FOE, IEOC, EFO Madrid, FBEO, EOB, EORA, EOTS, INOVA, Apreo, Sociedad Europea de medicina osteopatica, estena, EOC, Aproetena

Sponsors: ROI, ROE

Project Leader: Patrick van Dun

Associated Publications:

van Dun PLS et al. State of affairs of osteopathy in the Benelux: Benelux Osteosurvey 2013, Inter J Osteopath Med, 2016; 20: 3-17

Members Recruitment: Open

PREparedness and Satisfaction in Students

Status: Active

Description:  The project is an European-based cross-sectional on-going survey aiming to:

  1. Assess the preparedness to practice in osteopathy students from European osteopathic education institutions (OEI).
  2. Evaluate the satisfaction in learning environment in osteopathy students from OEI.
  3. Provide consultancy on student perceived preparedness to practice and satisfaction to improve the quality of educational provision
  4. Raise standards on osteopathic education across Europe

Country/City: Europe

Research Collaborative Partners:

Project Leader: Emanuele Luciani

Associated Publications:

Luciani E, van Dun PL, Esteves JE, Lunghi C, Petracca M, Papa L, Merdy O, Jäkel A, Cerritelli F. Learning Environment, Preparedness and Satisfaction in Osteopathy in Europe: The PreSS Study. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 23;10(6):e0129904

Luciani E, Cerritelli F, Waters M, Zegarra-Parodi R. Osteopathic student satisfaction and preparedness to practice: A comparative study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 2014;17, 28-37

Members Recruitment: Open

 

COME for CHILDREN

Status: Active

Description: COME for Children is a clinical project aiming to:

  1. offer free Osteopathic treatment to children of paediatric age (0-16 years) with mental and physical disabilities.
  2. increase dissemination and knowledge about the potentialities of osteopathic treatment in the Italian population.
  3. receive funds by applying to European calls for proposals and offering internships to third parties (universities) or internship work experiences to students and/or osteopaths and/or schools of osteopathy.
  4. draw up special research projects customized according to the number and type of users.

Collaborative Partners: 

Sponsors: RAL

Country/City: Italy

Project Leader: Alessandro Accorsi

Members Recruitment: Open

NEurological Mechanisms in Osteopathy

Status: Active

Description: The mission of the NEMO study is to create new knowledge, discoveries and collaborations in osteopathic medicine integrating diverse research fields in a unique research scenario.

The main goal is to understand the mechanisms by which OMT can produce beneficial effects. Specifically it will focus on neurological aspects of osteopathy and how the osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) produces neural changes,

Although the fairly robust clinical results of OMT, scientific literature lacks of pragmatic evidence regarding the effects of OMT on the central nervous system. This point will be addressed using a pragmatic, precise and structured organization.

Country/City: Italy

Research Collaborative Partners: University of Chieti-Pescara, Istituto di Tecnologie Avanzate Biomediche

Project Leader: Francesco Cerritelli

Associated Publications:

Cerritelli F, Chiacchiaretta P, Gambi F, Ferretti A. Effect of Continuous Touch on Brain Functional Connectivity Is Modified by the Operator's Tactile Attention. Front Hum Neurosci. 2017 Jul 20;11:368.

D'Alessandro G, Cerritelli F, Cortelli P. Sensitization and Interoception as Key Neurological Concepts in Osteopathy and Other Manual Medicines. Front Neurosci. 2016 Mar 10;10:100.

Ruffini N, D'alessandro G, Mariani N, Pollastrelli A, Cardinali L and Cerritelli F. Variations of high frequency parameter of heart rate variability following osteopathic manipulative treatment in healthy subjects compared to control group and sham therapy: randomized controlled trial. Front. Neurosci. 2015; 9:260.

Members Recruitment: Open

Clinical Measurements and Effectiveness in Osteopathy

Status: Active

Description:  The aim of the project is to shed light on the clinical application of osteopathic through:

  1. developing ad-hoc clinical measurements and tools;
  2. measuring the effectiveness of osteopathy in different medical field;
  3. summarizing the evidence using high quality standard methods.

The ultimate goal of this international, multi-disciplinary project is to show where the osteopathic manipulative treatment is effective, where is complementary and where is not effective. This in turn can produce a better understanding of which fields need to be explored more, where resources have to be located and how health care policymakers can benefit of an evidence-based “osteopathic” medicine.

Country/City: Worldwide

Project Leader: Francesco Cerritelli

Associated Publications:

Cerritelli F, Ginevri L, Messi G, Caprari E, Di Vincenzo M, Renzetti C, Cozzolino V, Barlafante G, Foschi N, Provinciali L. Clinical effectiveness of osteopathic treatment in chronic migraine: 3-Armed randomized controlled trial. Complement Ther Med. 2015 Apr;23(2):149-56

Cerritelli F, Pizzolorusso G, Renzetti C, Cozzolino V, D'Orazio M, Lupacchini M, Marinelli B, Accorsi A, Lucci C, Lancellotti J, Ballabio S, Castelli C, Molteni D, Besana R, Tubaldi L, Perri FP, Fusilli P, D'Incecco C, Barlafante G. A multicenter, randomized, controlled trial of osteopathic manipulative treatment on preterms. PLoS One. 2015 May 14;10(5):e0127370

Cerritelli F, Verzella M, Barlafante G. Quality of life in patients referring to private osteopathic clinical practice: A prospective observational study. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Aug;22(4):625-31.

Members Recruitment: Open

 

BIOlogical MECHanisms of Osteopathy project

Status: Active

Description:  The BIOMECH'O project aims at studying the underpinning biological mechanisms of osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Country/City: Worldwide

Project Leader: Francesco Cerritelli

Associated Publications:

Members Recruitment: Open

 

MIRROR

Monitoring, Interpreting, Recording data to pRoduce Osteopathic Reviews

Status: Active

Description: Creating an on-going, high-quality and systematic review process to produce the most compelling, comprehensive and up-to-date results in osteopathy.

Country/City: Italy, USA, Spain

Research Collaborative Partners: National Institute of Health (Italy), ATSU (USA)

Project Leader: Francesco Cerritelli

Associated Publications:

Cerritelli F, Lacorte E, Ruffini N, Vanacore N. Osteopathy for primary headache patients: a systematic review. J Pain Res. 2017 Mar 14;10:601-611.

Cerritelli F, Ruffini N, Lacorte E, Vanacore N. Osteopathic manipulative treatment in neurological diseases: Systematic review of the literature. J Neurol Sci. 2016 Oct 15;369:333-41.

Ruffini N, D'alessandro G, Cardinali L, Frondaroli F, Cerritelli F. Osteopathic manipulative treatment in gynecology and obstetrics: A systematic review. Complement Ther Med. 26 (2016) 72–78.

Cicchitti L, Martelli M, Cerritelli F. Chronic inflammatory disease and osteopathy: a systematic review. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 17;10(3):e0121327.

Members Recruitment: Open

COSMOS

Consensus On SoMatic dysfunction in OSteopathy

Status: Active

Description: The COSMOS project aims to:

  1. review the concept of somatic dysfunction and update it at the light of new discoveries;
  2. unravel the enigmatic role or influence of the somatic dysfunction in osteopathic practice;
  3. explore new evidence of the somatic dysfunction from a psycho-social, biological, neurological compounds;
  4. share and disseminate results to improve quality of practice.

Country/City: Worldwide

Project Leader: Francesco Cerritelli, Jorge Esteves, Patrick van Dun

Associated Publications:

Members Recruitment: Open

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