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  • Foundation Grants Fund PT Research on Wide Range of Topics

    Physical therapy's role in improving the lives of individuals with Alzheimer disease, meeting developmental challenges of infants born preterm, and enhancing recovery after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction will be the focus of research funded by grants from the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation).

    Three physical therapists (PTs) have each received $40,000 in support of research that Foundation Board of Trustees President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, said will "contribute to our profession's scientific advancement." The grants, recipients, and research areas are:

    • Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant – Eric Vidoni, PT, MSPT, PhD, research assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at University of Kansas Medical Center. Vidoni's research will focus on the physical and psychological effects of individualized activity programs for individuals with Alzheimer disease.
    • Miami-Marquette Challenge Research Grant – Ryan Mizner, PT, MPT, PhD, assistant professor, University of Montana. Mizner's 2-year project will look at the effects of a bodyweight reduction instrument to deliver graded exercise on the outcomes of ACL reconstruction.
    • Pediatric Research Grant – Stacey Dusing, PT, MS, PhD, associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dusing's research will center on the efficacy of the Supporting Play, Exploration, & Early Development Intervention (SPEEDI) in improving reaching and problem solving skills in infants at high risk for developmental disabilities.

    The Foundation also announced the recipients of this year's Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships awarded to outstanding PTs in their first year of study toward a doctoral degree. Winners for the 2013–2014 academic year are Timothy Faw, PT, DPT, NCS, Ohio State University; Brian Loyd, PT, DPT, University of Colorado – Denver; and Justin Staker, PT, MPT, University of Minnesota. Each recipient was awarded $5,000.

    The awards were made possible through donations to the Foundation, which has provided over $13 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 500 emerging scientists. Press releases announcing the latest grant and scholarship recipients are available at the Foundation website.

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