The Alexandria, VA-based Foundation for Physical Therapy announced February 5 it has awarded Brown University in Providence, RI, $2.5 million to establish the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) over the next five years.
Brown will administer and lead the multi-institutional center, which will train physical therapist scientists, in partnership with Boston University and the University of Pittsburgh to increase and improve physical therapy research capacity and further integrate the practice into mainstream medicine.
Funding for the CoHSTAR, formerly known as the Center of Excellence, came from a $1 million gift from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and gifts from 50 APTA components and physical therapists, foundations, and corporations throughout the country.
In January, the Foundation received $1.58 million, one of its largest planned gifts to date, from the estate of an Akron, OH, couple, Emil and Magdalen Goergeny, PT, who was an APTA Life Member at the time of her death in 2013. Proceeds from their estate will support the Foundation’s research programs.