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  • PT Researchers Play Leadership Roles on NIH Advisory Board

    With 2 new appointments last week, physical therapists are well represented on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research. Pamela W. Duncan, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is completing a 3-year term on the board and has served as chair for the past year. Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is completing his first year on the board and recently was elected chair for the 2014-2015 term. And last week, during the board’s May 2 meeting, Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Fay M. Horak, PT, PhD, were appointed to serve 3-year terms as members.

    The National Advisory Board Medical Rehabilitation and Research advises the directors of NIH, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research on matters and policies relating to the Center's programs. The board comprises 12 members representing health and scientific disciplines related to medical rehabilitation and 6 members representing individuals with disabilities.

    Applications Open for Foundation Grants

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy now is accepting applications for the 2013 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and the 2013 research grants. The deadline for all applications is Wednesday, August 14, 2013, noon ET.  

    The $5,000 Kendall Doctoral Scholarships, part of the Foundation's Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholars (DOCS) program, help physical therapists and physical therapist assistants within their first year of postprofessional doctoral degree studies.

    The available 2013 research grants include the Foundation Research Grant, Magistro Family Foundation Grant, and Pediatric Research Grant.

    If you have questions about either program, e-mail the Foundation, or call 800/875-1378.

    Member Opportunity to Serve on Awards Committee

    Do you want serve on a committee that provides leadership and growth opportunities, while providing a flexible time commitment? Consider volunteering for an Awards Committee subcommittee. APTA's Awards Committee is seeking members wishing to use their experience and knowledge to honor those in the physical therapy profession who are worthy of recognition. Interested members should respond to the call by completing a volunteer interest profile found on the Volunteer Interest Pool webpage. Once your profile is complete, click on the Current Volunteer Opportunities button to browse the list of opportunities. The deadline to respond to this call is May 20. For more information on this committee, click on the link above or contact Stephanie Sadowski, Honors and Awards Program specialist.