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OPTIMUM is the official newsletter magazine of the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota, and is made possible through the generous support of our donors. It is produced bi-annually for our alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends.

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Division of Physical Therapy Awarded by CASE for 75th Anniversary Celebration

CASE logoWashington, D.C. — The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has named the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota a Bronze award winner of its 2017 Circle of Excellence awards program. The Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota was recognized for its 75th Anniversary and All-Class Reunion Weekend.

A panel of experts selected the institution’s entry in the Special Events - Multi-Day category. In 2017, more than 715 higher education institutions, independent schools and nonprofits worldwide submitted more than 3,364 entries for consideration in nearly 100 categories. Judges gave 366 awards: 118 bronze; 125 silver, 107 gold and 16 grand gold.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving more than 3,670 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in more than 82 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of education fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.

Excerpts from the Clinical Neurosciences Center's BRAIN MATTERS Newsletter

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MS, PT, joins President Kaler at a press conference to share the impact of MnDRIVE supported research. YouTube Video

Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, PT's Clinical Assessment Lab, part of the Brain Plasticity Lab at the University of Minnesota. YouTube Video

Congratulations to Dr. Gillick

Dr. Bernadette Gillick has been named a Representative on the Global Professional Education Committee for the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability. This Alliance represents the American/Canadian, Australasian and European Academies of Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Medicine and Childhood Disability. Her role will involve promoting a global standard of multi-disciplinary education and dissemination surrounding interventions for children with disabilities and their families.

Congratulations to Delaney Bryan and Dr. LaLonde

We are delighted to announce that Delaney Bryan from the Class of 2019 and Dr. Amanda La Londe have received special awards from the University's Office of Equity and Diversity. Delaney will be receiving the LGBTQIA Breaking the Silence Award, which recognizes employees, students, departments, and groups demonstrating courage in the face of discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation by improving climate through specific departments or initiatives impacting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally (GLBTA) people at the University of Minnesota. Dr. La Londe will be receiving the Leadership & Service award, which recognizes U of M employees, students, departments, and groups who go above & beyond in their roles at the U of M and show a strong demonstrated commitment to LGBTQIA social justice and/or an increase in knowledge and awareness around LGBTQIA topics & identities. They will receive these awards at the annual Lavender Celebration & Awards Ceremony that will occur this year on May 10th from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Coffman Union's Mississippi room. The Division of Physical Therapy is very proud of both of you for your noble, humanitarian efforts.

Teresa Kimberley, PhD, PT - Presenter at International Stroke Conference

Teresa Kimberley, PhD PT is part of an international team of researchers presenting findings on their preliminary clinical trial using vagus nerve stimulation to treat upper extremity hemiparesis after stroke. The findings were selected as a key presentation at the International Stroke Conference taking place February 2017.

DPT Student awarded MNPTA Outstanding Student Award

Josh Greensweig (Class of 2017) is the University of Minnesota recipient of the Minnesota State APTA Outstanding Student Award. This is a prestigious award that one student from each of the Programs in Minnesota receives each year. It was determined by faculty based on academics, clinical performance and leadership. He will receive this award at the upcoming State APTA Spring Conference. Way to go, Josh!

Bernadette Gillick Awarded Prestigious APT Award

Faculty Member Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT will be awarded the prestigious Eugene Michels Outstanding New Investigator Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This national award recognizes outstanding contributions to research related to the physical therapy profession. Only one or two awardees are honored each year.  Awardees must be within 10 years of having received their terminal doctoral degree. Dr. Gillick is leading research efforts in non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroplasticity interventions applied to pediatric populations. Dr. Gillick will be honored at the NEXT conference of the APTA in June. Congratulations to Dr. Gillick on this well deserved award!

DPT Student awarded MNPTA Scholarship

Briana Lauer (second-year student) is one of four recipients of the MNPTA 2017 Federal Advocacy Forum Student scholarship winners.  She submitted an essay on the importance of federal advocacy in rehabilitation.  Congratulations, Briana!

Becky Olson Kellogg receives award

Becky Olson-Kellogg receives Service Award from the Vestibular Rehab Special Interest Group

Faculty member, Becky Olson-Kellogg, PT '92, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, received the Service Award from the Vestibular Rehab Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy at CSM on Saturday, February 18, 2017.  (Pictured, Dr. Olson-Kellogg on the left and Anne Galgon, Chair of the Vestibular SIG.)

Engineering and Medicine (IEM) Seed Grant Awarded

Faculty members Paula Ludewig, PhD, PT, Arin Ellingson, PhD, and Ward Glasoe, PhD, PT, ATC and Professor Dan Keefe, PhD, from the Department of Compter Science and Engineering succeeded in obtaining an Institue for Engineering and Medicine (IEM) Seed Grant Program award ($75,000) to further develop their translational Musculoskeletal Group.

McKnight Land-Grant Professorship Awarded to Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT

Faculty member, Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT has been awarded the very prestigious University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship This award is given only to a few assistant professors within the whole U of M each year. Dr. Gillick will hold the title of McKnight Land Grant Professor for two years. This award is for Dr. Gillick's research project titled, "Discovery of Novel Treatments for Childhood Stroke and Resultant Cerebral Palsy." Click here for more information on this award. 

First Fee-for-Service tTMS Clinic for Hand Recovery in Stroke

The U of M Division of Physical Therapy has opened what is believed to be the first private-pay clinical service involving repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to promote hand recovery following stroke.  PT faculty have been researching rTMS for 10 years.  Results have been mixed, similar to published findings elsewhere, such that some people benefit and some do not.  But a sufficient number of patients in earlier trials have expressed a desire to continue receiving rTMS that faculty have explored the ethics and feasibility of offering rTMS combined with physical therapy as a private-pay clinical service.  The U of M Medical School and University of Minnesota Physicians have approved this initiative and it is now operating out of the Clinics and Surgery Center on the U of M campus.  Physician referral is required and U of M neurologists and physiatrists are actively referring adult patients with stroke, but the service is open to outside referrals.  Also, it is likely that the service will expand to pediatrics and to other conditions such as focal dystonia in the future.  The typical regimen involves 10 daily treatments of rTMS followed by hand exercise protocols totaling 90 minutes.  For more information, please contact the PT Division office at 612-625-2177. See BROCHURE for more details. To learn how to support this effort, please click here.

Teresa Kimberley, PhD, PT Awarded $1.5 million NIH Grant

IEM Member Dr. Teresa J. Kimberley, Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, was awarded a $1.5 million NIH Grant to investigate the pathophysiology in dystonia, a rare movement disorder. This will build upon Dr. Kimberley's previous work, in which she led a team of IEM members to develop a novel method for measuring cortical excitability in deep or intrinsic muscles. That early work was supported by NIH, MnDRIVE and IEM. The new NIH-funded project will combine non-invasive brain stimulation and neuorimaging to determine brain network function in people with different types of focal dystonia compared to that function in healthy people. "Dystonia is an enigmatic movement disorder, but I am optomistic that the innovative technology and techniques we are using will lead to a breakthrough in understanding this disorder nad help lead to meaningful treatment development," says Dr. Kimberley.

Congratulations to Linda Koehler, PhD, PT, CLT-LANA

Dr. Koehler was awarded funding from the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.  The project will provide access to lymphedema evaluation tools to multiple sites throughout Minnesota and foster a collaborative environment to implement future cancer research.  The evaluation tools have the ability to detect early onset of lymphedema which could prevent the progression and potentially reverse the onset of lymphedema.  It's a collaborative project between the Masonic Cancer Center, U of M Foundation, Fairview Rehabilitation Services, University of Minnesota Physicians, and our department/division

2017 US News and World Report Graduate School Rankings

The latest ranking of medical school graduate programs from US News and World Report puts the University of Minnesota 35th in research, 9th in primary care, 11th in family medicine, and 5th in rural care. On the list of health graduate programs, our Physical Therapy Program ranked 20th.