between tradition and evidence-based practice

7th - 8th NOVEMBER 2024 | SARONNO | ITALY

9th Open Forum for Osteopathic Education conference


It is time to start a debate on the theoretical models adopted in osteopathy and we will do so together with the most brilliant critical minds of the osteopathic scene: on November 7th and 8th in Saronno with the Open Forum for Osteopathic Education of OsEAN dedicated precisely to osteopathic models – between tradition and evidence-based practice.

Let's continue the debate

The idea is to respond to the request for a “Call for Paper” made by Steve Vogel with the editorial, published in 2021 by IJOM and thus discuss the theoretical models adopted so far. We will do this by involving 19 distinguished speakers, educators and researchers of international renown and from all over the world.

Osteopathy: between traditional models and new research

The debate is extremely necessary at this precise moment because osteopathy and therefore osteopathic education itself are facing an important transition.

On the one hand, the models and theories of tradition and, on the other, the innovation of research that refers to the bio-psycho-social model.

The bio-psycho-social model and manual treatment

Among the supporters of the bio-psycho-social model there are also those who question the real effect of manual treatment on the patients’ bodies. This is why it becomes necessary to ask questions and go back to confronting and making the tradition of manual therapy dialogue with the new evidence of research.

Let's get together: we are waiting for you

Like the other editions, this 9th conference of the OsEAN Open Forum is organised for teachers, educators, professionals and students in the osteopathic field.

Why an open forum?

In the last decade, Osteopathy has expanded with an impressive speed, therefore training proposals that require increasingly higher quality standards are rise.

Within this changing landscape, educational institutions and professionals seek to improve and grow individually, but together we can do better.

OsEAN, as a network, believes in the importance of exchange and cooperation.

The Open Forums are the concrete result of these firm convictions, born in 2009 to offer everyone a cooperative atmosphere of dialogue, comparison and sharing of best practices, but also updating.

Open Forum 2024 Programme

7th November

8th November


Andrée Aubin


Andrée Aubin has a private practice in osteopathy since 1992 when she obtained her degree in osteopathy at the Centre ostéopathique du Québec (COQ) in Montreal, Quebec.

Amanda Banton

Osteopath, D.Prof (Ost)

Amanda Banton and Steven Vogel have collaborated in research and debate about models of osteopathy in research, teaching and practice…

Giacomo Consorti

D.O., MSc

Giacomo Consorti is an Italian osteopath, professor and researcher. Co-founder of the thematic working group Osteopathy Track & Field and coordinator of the Education Department of the Istituto Superiore di Osteopatia (ISO) in Milan…

Marianne Damgaard Jensen

MSc BSc (Hons) Ost Med DO
Marianne Damgaard Jensen graduated from British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in 1989. Since 1996 she has combined osteopathic practice with education…

Jerry Draper-Rodi

DProf (Ost), PG Dip, PG Cert, DO
Dr Jerry Draper-Rodi is the Director of the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR) in the UK, an Associate Professor at the University College of Osteopathy (UCO)…

Assoc. Prof. Gary Fryer

PhD, BSc(Osteo), ND

Gary Fryer is an Associate Professor and Course Chair in Osteopathy at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Gary completed his osteopathic training in 1990 and practiced osteopathy in Melbourne, Brisbane, and rural Victoria…

Nicholas Handoll

Nicholas Handoll, DO, FSCCO graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1971. Dissatisfied with biomechanical models of osteopathy he took his first cranial course with the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation

Christian Hartmann

1970-1974; Primary School 1975-1983: Luisengymnasium (Munich) 1983-1984: Military Service 1985-1987: Education as International Wholesaler. 1987-1988: Backpacking…

Jason Haxton

MA, D.O. (hc)

Jason Haxton, MA, DO (h.c.) has been the Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine since January 2001. Besides managing the only Osteopathic Museum created in 1934, he makes multiple international trips each year…

Julian Knoff Ims

D.O. MSc.

Julian Knoff Ims, a native of Norway, transitioned from an international career in ballet, to osteopathy, graduating with distinction from the Institut Toulousain d’Ostéopathie (ITO) in 2018…

Prof. Eyal Lederman

D.O., PhD

Prof. Eyal Lederman graduated from the British School of Osteopathy and has been in practice since 1986. He is the director of CPDO, an international centre providing continuing professional development for manual and physical therapists…

Alberto Maggiani

P.T, D.O., BSc

Alberto Maggiani studied neurorehabilitation at the University of Pisa in the 1980s before beginning and completing his osteopathy studies in Milan during the 1990s…

Hakim Mhadhbi

MSc, D.O.

Hakim Mhadhbi completed his osteopathic training in 2005 and practices osteopathy in Rennes, France. He also completed post-graduate degrees in clinical anatomy, imaging…

Daniel Orchard

BSc (Hons), BOst, MSc (Pain)

Danny Orchard lectures in NMS and Pain Science and writes the pain curriculum for the UCO…

Jory Pauwels


Jöry Pauwels (°1976) studied physiotherapy, manual therapy & education in teaching, continued at Flanders International College of Osteopathy, moving on from student to joint principal of FICO…

Stéphane Renaudo

D.O., MSc
Stéphane Renaudo has been working as an osteopath and trainer in France for over 25 years. He currently works as a clinician in Toulouse and is the educational director of the professional section of the Institut Toulousain d’Ostéopathie…

Matteo Turinetto

D.O. M.Sc. Ost. PgCert. Edu. mROI (MT)

Matteo Turinetto is senior lecturer, clinical tutor and Didactic Coordinator for Full time and Part time program at Istituto Superiore di Osteopatia (ISO)…

Paul Vaucher

PhD, MSc clinical trials, CAS health rights, DiO

Prof. Dr. Paul Vaucher has 19 years of experience in transdomain research working in applied social science, applied psychology, IT engineering and epidemiology…

Steven Vogel

Steven Vogel is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University College of Osteopathy. He practiced in the UK National Health Service in primary care for over 20 years alongside working in research, educational and clinical management. ..

Poster Presenter

Christoph J. Baeumer

Dr., DO, MSc paed ost

61 years old, married, 3 children. Orthopedic surgeon, Osteopath, Pain therapist, Nutritional Specialist Modern Mayr Medicine, Postural specialist, physician with biological medical office- science based. Medical office since 23 years…

Melanie Betournay

D.O., MSc.

Melanie graduated in Kinesiology at Université de Montréal and in Osteopathy at Centre Ostéopathique du Québec (COQ). She has been working with chronic pain clients since 2007 and developed an interest in the biopsychosocial approach…

Cyril Clouszeau


DO in 2001, MSc in 2007, teacher in osteopathic school since 2001, and researcher in ostéopathy since 2010…

Thomas Cornet


My name is Thomas Cornet, I’m 23 years old and I graduated osteopathic school in June 2021. Today, I’m practicing in two different offices in Brittany, France…

Irina Egorova


V.Andrianov Institute of Osteopathic Medicine, Head of the Department of the Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University. In 1989, graduated from Leningrad Medical Institute of Pediatrics with a specialization in pediatric neurology; internship of children neurology…

Marco Farina

DO, BSc Ost (Hons), PGCert HE
In 2014, I received my Diploma in Osteopathy from AIMO, the Italian Academy of Osteopathic Medicine, and my BSc in Osteopathy from BCOM, the British College of Osteopathic Medicine…

Nicholas Gosselin


Gilda Moretto

Bsc Ost Hons

In 2016, I completed my studies in Osteopathy by obtaining the Diploma in Osteopathy (DO) and Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy (BSc Ost Hons) at AIMO. Since 2016 I have been practising as an Osteopath in my private practice in Milan…

Laurianne Pinloche

DO, MSc, PhD

Gratuated in Osteopathy in 2012, Msc STAPS 2013, PhD in STAPS 2022. Self-employed Osteopath. Teacher, pedagogic coordinator and Head of the Thesis and Research Department in CEESO Lyon…


Conference Fees Regular Late registration
16 May – 15 Oct 16 Oct – 6 Nov
Attendee € 420.00 € 450.00
Presenters € 220.00 € 250.00
Translator € 220.00 € 220.00
Student* € 160.00 / € 145.00* € 160.00 / € 145.00*

*OsEAN Students: All students from OsEAN member schools are eligible for a discounted conference fee.
Please reach out to your school directly to obtain your discount code.


What are you waiting for?

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Do you want information on discounted rates
or are you a school and want to join the OsEAN network?
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If you come from abroad:
Daniela Mutafova
Project & Event Manager
E-Mail: office@osean.com

If you come from Italy:
Segreteria AIMO
Elisa Pirola
Laura Letruria

Where to sleep?
Choose among the hotels friends of the Open Forum

They will be two very stimulating and intense days for all participants, especially for those coming from other cities, regions, or outside Italy.

To accommodate all guests, we have selected three hotels located near the event venue with which we have special agreements. You can find them on the map below.

Grand Milan Saronno ****

Via Varese 23, Saronno, Italy


Hotel Cyrano ****

Via IV Novembre 11/13, Saronno, Italy


+39 02 255 65 077


Hotel della Rotonda ****

Via Novara 53 – Saronno, Italy


+39 02 967669


With the patronage of

OsEAN Office

Frimbergergasse 6, 1130 Vienna, Austria
Daniela Mutafova – Project & Event Manager
E-Mail: office@osean.com

OsEAN – Osteopathisches Europäisches Akademisches Netzwerk

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