Physical Therapy News & Events
Like so many other athletes, runners are often looking for an edge. Whether trying to recover from an injury, modify running form or improve performance there are experts to optimize running health. Associate Clinical Professor David Nolan is the Clinical Leader of the Running Program at Mass General Hospital’s Sports Performance Center. Recently, NESN reporter Jenny Dell visited the center which was featured on the Ultimate Red Sox Show.
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Lorna Hayward was awarded the 2013 APTA Education Section Leadership in Education award. The award will be presented this month at CSM in San Diego. The award recognizes Education section members for leadership in scholarship, teaching and service.
They give us directions, entertainment and immediate Internet access, but could our tablets and smartphones also be giving us back pain? The relationship between mobile technology and neck and back pain symptoms intrigued Northeastern University professor Jack Dennerlein, whose study pinpointing the cause and cure for “iPad neck” has been featured in the Harvard Health Letter and around the web.
Congratulations to Physical Therapy student Kelley Becherer (’15) who won two gold and two bronze medals as a member of the US Swim team at the 2012 Paralympic games in London.
The Pan Mass Challenge, one of the largest fundraising athletics events, brought out thousands of riders and volunteers to raise over 33 million dollars for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. 100% of the proceeds are donated for cancer research and treatment. Northeastern University’s Physical Therapy department had an impressive showing as well.
On July 13th, a summary presentation of a new technology called RPLAY developed by Dr. Maura Iversen of the Physical Therapy Department and researchers from the University of Texas, Arlington under the leadership of Dr. Fillia Makendon, served as the foundation for the keynote address at the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Health (ICICTH) held in Greece.
The RPLAY project combines research on physical activity in adults with rheumatoid with the latest in information technology. Dr. Fillia Makedon presented the project on behalf of the team. Dr. Iversen, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy, Bouvè College, is also an adjunct professor in the Herculia Lab at U Texas.
Congratulations to Drs. Kristin Greenwood and Maureen Watkins who received their specialty certifications from the ASBPT in geriatric and orthopedic physical therapy.
Dr. Ann Marie Flores gave a talk about her research on Latinos and cancer at the 2012 Biennial National Latino Cancer Summit held in San Francisco on July 24, 2012.
Swiss Physical Therapy Educational Exchange:
Eighteen 6th year physical therapy students along with the PT department chair, Maura Iversen and Dr. Diane Fitzpatrick will participate in a 15 day academic exchange program to the Physiotherapy program at HECV Sante in Luasanne, Switzerland.
Ann Marie Flores received a grant from the APTA Section of Women's Health to support her cancer research. Congratulations to Dr. Ann Marie Flores.
Dr. Maureen Watkins was quoted in the circulation of Today in PT.
Dr. David Nolan was interviewed in The Rheumatologist, June 2012 and Dr. Christopher Hasson was interviewed in news @ Northeastern University.
Shaina Petit, a 6th year PT student won the 2012 Collegiate National Powerlifting Championships in Baton Rouge, LA in the 148lb weight class. She was named All American and took the American Bench Press Record. Shaina squatted 380.1 lbs (172.5 kilos); bench pressed 253.9 lbs (115 kilos), and dead lifted 385 lbs (175 kilos) for total of 1019 lbs. Shaina qualified for the World Championships to compete in all three events in Poland in September 2012.
Shaina will be heading to the Grand Cayman Islands to compete at the 10th NAPF North American Regional Powerlifting Championships in July 2012 in the 138 lb weight class. She will then head to Poland to compete at the IPF Powerlifting World Championships in September 2012 in the 138 lb weight class representing team USA.
Stephanie Koweek, Elise Walsh, and Caitlin Wilson presented a workshop on their capstone project at the annual conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), held June 26-30 in Baltimore, MD. Their presentation, entitled "A Public/Private Partnership to Enhance the Massachusetts Assistive Technology School Share Program" was well received by an interprofessional audience rehabilitation educators, rehabilitation engineers and other assistive technology specialists. The students were mentored by Susan Ventura, PT, PhD, ATP/SMS and Ann Shor, Director of Assistive Technology and Independent Living at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. Their work was supported, in part, by a grant from the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.
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