Four physical therapists (PTs) from the Michigan Chapter presented posters at the
Clinical Trial Awareness Day held at the state capitol on January 30. This
inaugural event, sponsored by state Rep Gail Haines (43rd District), chair of
the House Health Policy Committee, aimed to educate citizens about the clinical
trials taking place in Michigan and encourage lawmakers to create a
research-friendly environment. More than 20 research participants represented
the state's major universities and hospitals. The PTs spoke with many state
representatives and senators on the importance of medical research and how
physical therapy contributes to the advancement of patient care.
her opening remarks,
Hines noted that there are more than 3,400 clinical trials under way in
(Left to right) Cathy Larson, PT, PhD, University of Michigan Flint; Susan Talley,
PT, DPT, C/NDT, Wayne State University; Michael Shoemaker, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS,
Grand Valley State University; and Lucinda Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FAPTA, University
of Michigan Flint.