Thursday, November 21, 2013 PT Research Center Announces Major Contributions From Chapters, Sections The first Center of Excellence (COE) in the United States solely dedicated to research relevant to physical therapist (PT) practice received a major boost this week, when the Foundation for Physical Therapy announced that APTA chapters and sections have contributed more than $1 million to its fundraising campaign. In a press release (.pdf) issued November 19, APTA President Paul Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS, is quoted as saying that sections and chapters "have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the complex health care needs of society" through the contributions, which will "help provide the science base for identifying the most effective ways to organize, manage, and finance high-quality care and improve patient safety." Foundation President William G. Boissonault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, thanked the APTA chapters, sections, and individuals for contributions that are helping the research center reach its $3 million goal for 2013. The funding will help both the COE and the foundation itself by allowing for expansion of grants and scholarships, he said. The foundation is developing an application process for a $2.5 million, 5-year grant to an institution or health systems network to help develop and manage the COE training program. Contributions to the Foundation for Physical Therapy can be made online or sent to its headquarters at 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.