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BSO research centre

The Research Centre at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) supports the BSO's objectives and has several key aims:

  • To establish and maintain a recognisable reputation for high quality research at both a national and international level
  • To contribute to the body of osteopathic knowledge
  • To promote evidence-informed care
  • To support high quality education within the BSO
  • To contribute to the wider academic research and healthcare communities

Members of faculty have contributed to publications in peer-reviewed journals and successfully presented work at osteopathic research conferences as well as at general medical conferences nationally and internationally. An increasing number of faculty now review for journals and contribute to editorial boards. One member of the research team has been appointed as Editor for UK and Europe for the International Journal of Osteopathic Research. The Research and Treatment Bulletin, a previously in-house BSO publication, has been taken on by this journal as a regular section. This maturation of The Research and Treatment Bulletin is an important milestone and represents increased opportunities for faculty and others to seek publication. The BSO has also had a member of faculty appointed to a National Institute of Clinical Health and Excellence guideline development group for back pain.

Click here to download the BSO Research and Scholarship report for 2009/2010.

Core Research Staff

Hilary Abbey

Job title: Senior Osteopathic Lecturer
Qualifications: DO, MSc, PgDip, PgCAP, PgCertResMeth
Areas of teaching:
Research methods, qualitative research and clinical teaching. Experienced supervisor at Masters level.
Research interests:
Psychological and social impacts of long term pain, osteopathic therapeutic relationships, developing criticality in student education.
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Dr Kevin Brownhill

Job title: Lecturer in Statistics, Research Fellow
Qualifications: PhD, BSc (Ost)
Areas of teaching: Statistics, physical and physiological measurement, programme development and experimental design using MatLab. Experienced supervisor at Masters level.
Research interests: Complex co-ordinated movement in the lumbar spine, MRI imaging analysis of spinal movement, statistical multivariate sub grouping and visual representation of patient characteristics.
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Dr Jorge Esteves

Job title: Head of Research
Qualifications: PhD, MA, BSc, DO, PgDip Ed (HE), PCTHE
Areas of teaching: Research methods, palpation, decision making, critical thinking, and pain. Experienced supervisor at Masters level, Director of Studies at Doctoral Level.
Research interests: Clinical decision making, palpation, development of expertise, emotional processing and perception of self in musculoskeletal chronic pain, role of touch in patient care.
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Dr Michael Ford

Job title: Lecturer in Research Methods and Statistics, Research Officer
Qualifications: PhD, MA, MSc, PgDip
Areas of teaching: Research methods, design and statistics, statistical analysis. Experienced supervisor at Masters level, Director of Studies at Doctoral Level.
Research Interests: Cognition and language processing, health beliefs, clinical diagnostic reliability and validity.
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Dr Lorraine Nanke

Job title: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: PhD, MSc Clin Psych, BSc (Hons)
Areas of teaching: Qualitative research methods, facet theory and psychological management of pain. Experienced supervisor at Masters and Doctoral Levels.
Research interests: Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness and embodiment in chronic pain.
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Dr Oliver Thomson

Job title: Lecturer in Research Methods, Research Officer
Qualifications: PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) Ost Med, DO
Areas of teaching: Research methods, qualitative research, grounded theory. Experienced supervisor at Masters level.
Research interests: Clinical decision making, clinical reasoning, qualitative research, patient centred care, professional and practice knowledge.
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Steven Vogel

Job title: Vice Principal (Research)
Qualifications: DO
Areas of teaching: Critical thinking, survey research, ethics and research governance and writing for publication. Experienced supervisor at Masters and Doctoral Levels.
Research interests: Practitioners’ attitudes to back pain, low back and leg pain, giving and receiving reassurance, safety incidents, and consent.
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Honorary and external research appointments

Professor Tamar Pincus

Professor in Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London
Honorary title: Associate Professor
Qualifications: PhD, MPhil, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Dr David Evans

Osteopath, Birmingham Back Care Clinic
Honorary title: Honorary Research Fellow
Qualifications: PhD, BSc (Hons) Ost

Dr David Langley

Director of Research and Enterprise Development, University of Bristol
Honorary title: External member of the Research and Scholarship Strategy Committee
Qualifications: PhD, BSc