2013 Burnett Osteopathic Student Research Award

November 5, 2013

In research, the future of medicine is exciting: science fiction becomes real.  Exploring new discoveries and therapies that will advance patient care is what drives Artur Schander, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, to study “Lymphatic Pump Technique (LPT) as a Treatment Modality for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)”.  In addition to his DO degree, Student Doctor Schander is concurrently pursing a PhD in Molecular Biology and Immunology.  

His current research utilizes the immunomodulatory properties of abdominal LPT to directly enhance lymphatic outflow and ameliorate disease severity in IBD rats.  If successful, Student Doctor Schander’s proposed research will provide valuable information about using LPT as an adjunctive therapy for IBD, and could lead to a reduction in current drug usage, decreasing resistance and the severity of side effects often seen with current treatments.  

His proposed research is innovative because it represents a new and substantive departure from the current treatment modalities used for IBD by targeting the outflow obstruction of the lymphatic system using an osteopathic physiological therapeutic approach.

In his short career as a researcher, Student Doctor Schander has contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge related to osteopathic medicine.  He has authored three peer-reviewed original research articles, is well published with over twenty abstracts, publications and poster presentations, has received numerous awards, and was asked to present his research at the 56th Annual AOA Research Conference in 2012.  

Student Doctor Schander has a passion for both research and medicine and is fully dedicated to furthering the field of osteopathic medicine by the use of complementary treatment approaches.  The American Osteopathic Foundation is honored to present its Burnett Osteopathic Student Research Award to Artur Schander, OMS IV.


Artur Schander, OMS IV
University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine