Brazil 2020

Osteopathic Healthcare 2020

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual General Meeting and Conference will be held at Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from September 30th – October 2nd, in partnership with OIA member organizations, the RBrO – Registro Brasileiro dos Osteopatas and the IBO- Instituto Brasileiro de Osteopatia.  Join us for our first conference in South America! 


Click here to register for the 2020 Annual General Meeting and Conference!  Registration closes August 30, 2020.

Book Your Hotel Room 

Take advantage of our very special rate (BRL 850+tax) with the Belmond Copacabana Hotel and book your room now using this link. Rate applies for rooms booked during the period of September 28-October 4, 2020.

Visa Requirements for Brazil

Don’t wait until the last minute – check with your nearest Brazilian consular office to determine whether or not you will require an entry visa for Brazil.


September 30, 2020

3:00-5:30 PM:    Annual General Meeting

                                Room:  Rio de Janeiro

5:30-7:30 PM :   Welcome cocktails with RBrO and IBO

                                Room:  Azul

October 1, 2020

9:00 AM:              Welcome Session – Dr. William Burke (US) and Ms. Ana Paula Ferreira (BR) for the OIA

                                Room:  Copacabana (Plenary Session)

9:30 AM:              “Keep it Pure” – Ms. Jane Stark, DO (CA)

                                Room:  Copacabana (Plenary Session)

10:00 AM:            Leading the Osteopathic Profession – Dr. Karen Nichols (US)

                                Room:  Copacabana (Plenary Session)

10:30 AM:            Break

11:00 AM:            Status of OIA-WHO Projects – Ms. Ana Paula Ferreira, DO (BR)

                                Room:  Azul

11:30 AM:            Results of the Survey of the Global Osteopathic Profession – Mr. Charles Hunt, DO (UK) and Ms. Dawn Carnes (UK)

                                Room:  Azul

12:00 PM:            Glossary of Osteopathic Terms – Progress and Challenges – Mr. Antony Nicholas (AU)

                                Room:  Azul

12:30:                    Lunch

2:00 PM:              Benchmarks in Training of Osteopathy – Dr. Boyd Buser (US)

                                Room:  Azul

2:20 PM:              Assessment of Osteopathic Principles and OMT Around the World – Dr. John Gimpel (US)

                                Room:  Azul

2:40 PM:              Research Communities of Practice to Develop Evidence-Based Models of Osteopathic Care – Dr. Jorge Esteves (PT)

                                Room:  Azul

3:10 PM:              20 Years of Public Osteopathic Outpatients Clinics in Brazil – Ms. Natalia Rocha, DO (BR), and Ms. Letizia Maddaluno, DO (BR)

                                Room:  Azul

3:40 PM:              TBA

                                Room:  Azul

4:15 PM:              Day One Wrap-Up, Review of Following Day Schedule, Social Dinner Logistics – Ms. Ana Paula Ferreira (BR), Mr. Antony Nicholas (AU)

                                Room:  Azul

7:30 PM:              Social Dinner (Optional)


October 2, 2020

9:00 AM:              Branding Osteopathy, Lessons From a Campaign – Mr. Maurice Cheng (UK)

                                Room:  Copacabana (Plenary Session)

9:30 AM:              10 Years of Osteopathic Research:  The evolution of osteopathy research: building on the past, transforming the present, strengthening the future – Dr. Amie Steel (AU)

                                Room:  Copacabana (Plenary Session)

10:00 AM:            Traditional, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine in the Americas and The Virtual Health Library on TCIM – Dra. Iracema Benevides (BR) (Plenary Session)

                                Room:  Copacabana

10:15 AM:            Brazilian Academic Consortium of Integrative Health – Dr. Ricardo Gelman (BR) (Plenary Session)

                                Room:  Copacabana

10:30 AM:            Break

11:00 AM:          TBA

                                Room:  Azul

11:30 AM:            National Complement to European Standards Concerning Code of Ethics – Mr. Philippe Sterlingot (FR)

                                Room:  Azul

12:00 PM:            TBA

                                Room:  Azul

12:30 PM:            Lunch

2:00 PM:              Tools to Assist Regulatory Advances Across Member Countries – Dr. Frank Mueller (DE)

                                Room:  Azul

2:30 PM:              Regulatory Advances Across Member Countries – Speakers TBA

                                Room:   Azul

3:00 PM:              TBA

3:30 PM:              Wrap-up, Feedback and Conference Close – Ms. Ana Paula Ferreira (BR), Mr. Antony Nicholas (AU)


*This conference program is approved for 11 AOA Category 1-A CME credits.  

You can also visit our member co-hosts’ conference website for a broader overview of session offerings.


Brazil Beyond Rio!

Contact Veridiana Lisboa at  if you are interested in exploring more of Brazil.


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Cancellations and Refunds

  • 100% refund – cancellation 30 days before the event date with a deduction of administrative fee of USD 100.00.
  • No refund – 100% cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations 30 days prior to the event date.