January 2013

Foundation for Physical Therapy awards funds for PT scholarship and research

The Foundation for Physical Therapy, a primary source of funding for physical therapy researchers investigating innovative approaches to health delivery services, closed out 2012 by awarding $105,000 in scholarships and research grants, including two $40,000 research grants to support projects aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions.

The nonprofit organization selected Kari Dunning, PT, PhD, assistant professor of rehabilitation sciences at the University of Cincinnati, as the recipient of the Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant.

Her two-year project aims to develop and test an optimized high-intensity interval training protocol for persons with stroke.

Laura Prosser, PT, MPT, PhD, a research scientist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, received the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge Research Grant.

Her one-year project will study the motor and neural responses to an asymmetrical gait training program in children with chronic hemiplegia from prior stroke.

The foundation also gave a total of $25,000 to the five physical therapists who received the Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The scholarships award $5000 each to outstanding physical therapists as they begin their first year of graduate studies toward a postprofessional doctoral degree.

The 2012 recipients were: Kendra Cherry, PT, DPT, and Andrej Marich, PT, DPT, of Washington University in St Louis, MO; Hyosub Kim, PT, DPT, of the University of Illinois at Chicago; Rebekah Lawrence, PT, DPT, OCS, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; and Andrew Smith, PT, DPT, of Northwestern University, Chicago.

The foundation also recently added a new partner to its Partners in Research program, which recognizes corporate donors and sponsorships that support the Foundation’s mission of providing doctoral scholarships, fellowships, and research grants to emerging physical therapist researchers.

HydroWorx, which is headquartered in Middletown, PA,   joined the program as a Bronze Level partner in November.

HydroWorx makes aquatic therapy equipment, designs and builds exercise pools, swim spas, and portable underwater treadmills for sports and healthcare applications.

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