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Welcome  Assistant Professor Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSc, PT, and Executive Office and Administrative Specialist Elena Montalto to the department!

Congratulations to Jeanne Lojovich, PhD, PT who has acheived APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer status. 

Dr. Jim Carey has received the Marilyn Woods Long Term Service Award from the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association. This award honors an MNPTA member who has demonstrated consistent service, dedication, and achievement over an extraordinary number of years to physical therapy and the professional association. The nominee is typically a longstanding member of the APTA, has been active in education, research, and publications, has served in the professional organization at various levels, and has displayed special expertise in the profession. Congratulations, Jim!

Dave Erlandson (Class of 2014) has received the Minnesota Outstanding Student Award from the Minnesota APTA. Dave has received this recognition because he has been the Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) Co-Chair for the MN APTA since 2013. During that time, he promoted membership and participation in the APTA and the importance of serving in his chosen profession among PT/PTA students. His maturity and professionalism is what also led to him being selected to serve as the Core Ambassador from Minnesota to the National APTA (a leadership/liaison role between all PT and PTA school programs and the national APTA). Congratulations, Dave!

LaDora Thompson, PhD, BS PT, is the recipient of the Marquette University Alumni Professional Achievement National Award. Congratulations, LaDora!

Congratulations to Brianna Radtke (Class of 2014) for being selected for the Fairview Sports Physical Therapy Residency program. Residents work side-by-side sports medicine and orthopedic physicians, sports physical therapists and athletic trainers who bring advanced training in sports medicine. Coursework includes a mix of direct clinical care, physician and surgery observation, research, athletic training observation, and a variety of educational activities that include one-to-one mentoring sessions and weekly sports medicine grand rounds.

Congratulations to Lang Ho (Class of 2015) for receiving the MNPTA 2014 Student Federal Advocacy Scholarship. Lang Ho will be representing Congressional District 5, Rep. Keith Elison. This scholarship is designed to inspire PT students to get involved in federal advocacy and financially allowing them to participate in the Federal Advocacy Forum Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C. Click here to view a video of Rep Elison and one of his constituents speaking on advocacy.

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, has received a 2-year Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF) Research Grant for her research, "Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Pediatric Hemiparesis". The work will be performed in conjunction with Shriner's Hospital for Children and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Congratulations, Bernadette!

Congratulations to faculty member Jim Carey, PhD who is an awardee of the CTSI 2013 Community Collaborative Pilot Research Grant. The CTSI Office of Community Engagement for Health and Center for Health and Equity granted nearly $300,000 in total funding to four outstanding projects that bring together community and University collaborators to work toward improving the health of Minnesotans. Dr. Carey will be working with Lars Oddsson, PhD from the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute on the project titled "Real vs. Sham rTMS Combined with Conventional Therapy in Acute Stroke."

Congratulations to faculty member Paula Ludewig, PhD, PT who received the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) Spring 2013 Translational Grant Award. Dr. Ludewig's project title is "Shoulder Motion Guided Patient Diagnostic and Treatment Classification". The purpose of this funding program is to help drive the highest quality early stage translational research through the complex process of translating basic science discoveries into patient benefit. The overarching goal is to positively impact human health in Minnesota and the nation.

Teresa Kimberley, PhD, PT is highlighted in the Newsletter of the NIH Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (Volume 4, Issue 2. Summer 2013). Congratulations Teresa!

Congratulations to faculty member Dawn Lowe, PhD who was selected as the 2013 - 2014 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies. The Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies was created in 1999 by the Center on Aging, through the generosity of David and Elizabeth Fesler. This Chair allows Dawn one year of funding to pursue an aging related project.

Geriatric Clinical Residency Update
Last September our Geriatric Clinical Residency expanded to a second clinical site, St. Therese in New Hope, and expanded to two residents (Emily Pierce at St. Therese, and Megan Connelly at Augustana Care Center in Minneapolis). Every year the didactic requirements include a teaching module, with one part of that module being a continuing education presentation to community physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as part of our Physical Therapy Program's $10 Tuesday CE Series each spring. This spring's session was held on April 9, 2013, with Megan Connelly presenting on "Imagining Success: Use of Motor Imagery and Mental Practice in the Rehabilitation of Older Adults," and Emily Pierce presenting on "Bringing out the BEST: Using the Brief-BESTest and the Mini-BESTest as Balance Assessments with Older Adults." This also became a "reunion" night for all geriatric residents, as our past residency graduates, Emma Phillips and David Gillette, were in attendance for the course as well.

Joint DPT/PhD Program
The Programs in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science offer a joint DPT/PhD program option. This joint degree program allows select DPT students to begin work toward a PhD in Rehabilitation Science prior to completion of the DPT. The goal is to streamline the process for a DPT student completing a professional doctoral degree, to continue pursuit of an additional doctoral research degree. Students must be enrolled in the DPT program prior to applying for this joint program option. Anticipated length of completion of a joint degree program is approximately 6-7 years, versus the 7-8 years required to complete both degrees independently.




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