News & Events


McGee and Johnson to Participate at State Fair Event

Corey McGee, PhD, OTR/L (OT and RSC faculty member), Leah Johnson, MA, OTR/L (Rehabilitation Science PhD Student), and their collaborators in the Fairview Orthopaedics Hand Therapy Center will be studying the movement of the thumb in healthy handed adolescents aged 13-21 at this year's Minnesota State Fair. Their research team will be present at the U of MN's Driven to Discover Building on Friday, 9/1, and Saturday 9/2, from 9am-3pm. Read more about this 5-10 minute study, "Sun's Out, Thumb's Out" and share with family and friends. Compensation for participants' time will be provided. They look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to Rebekah Summers

Rehab Science is proud to announce Rebekah Summers has been awarded the Graduate School's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) for 2017-2018. The DDF gives PhD candidates opportunity to devote full-time effort to finalizing and writing the dissertation during the fellow year. Outstanding doctoral candidates from across the University were nominated. 100 fellowships were awarded (37% award rate). Rebekah is on track to complete the combined Physical Therapy/Rehab Science DPT/PhD degree. She will be the first student to do so. Rebekah is advised by Dr. Teresa Kimberley. We congratulate both on this well deserved award.

Kage Participates in Research Recognition Day

Craig Kage, current RSC student, recently took part in the 10th Annual Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs Research Recognition Day. This event is sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences, Medical School and the international "Three Minute Thesis" project. Mr. Kage presented the poster "Validation of Biplane Fluoroscopy for Cervical Spine Kinematics." Collaborators on this poster included fellow classmates Mary Foltz and Becky Lawrence, faculty advisor Dr. Arin Ellingson, Postdoc Fellow Mohsen Akbari-Shandiz and BME undergraduate Hana Boudlali. We congratulate all involved. And we thank Craig for his work and in representing Rehab Science!

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

Corey McGee, PhD, MS, OTR/L -- Get to know a hand therapy researcher. ASHT Blog

Anderson Among Authors on Newly Published Caregivers Brief

RSC PhD Candidate Lynda Anderson, along with her colleagues from the University's Institute on Community Integration and The Arc, published a recent research brief on the role family caregivers play in providing support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). For further information, please visit: Ms. Anderson is advised by Dr. Peggy Martin. Congrats to Lynda on this publication.

McGee a Member of International Collaborative Project

Corey McGee, PhD, OTR/L, CHT was invited by Brown and Stanford University's Medical Schools to partake in a Delphi consensus group charged to develop a minimum set of core domains for outcome measurements which will be of importance to patients, clinicians, and researchers in the study and treatment of thumb osteoarthritis. He was 1 of 46 invited international stakeholders (i.e., therapists, surgeons, physicians, basic scientists) and has now completed the first round of this project. Dr. McGee is on faculty in both Rehabilitation Science and Occupational Therapy. We look forward to further updates on this project. Good work, Corey!

​Congrats to Prudente and Chen​

Congratulations to two of our Departmental postdocs. Cecilia Prudente (mentored by Teresa Kimberley) and Chao Ying Chen (mentored by Bernadette Gillick) won first and third place for their poster presentation at the MnDRIVE retreat yesterday.​ Thanks to you both for representing your labs and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine - Divisions of Rehabilitation Science and Physical Therapy!

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.

Rehab Science Faculty Awarded IEM Seed Grant

Paula Ludewig, PhD, PT and a team of investigators from multiple UMN departments including Rehabilitation Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Veterinary and Population Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Psychology, Radiology, and Computer Science and Engineering have been awarded a seed grant from the Institute for Engineering in Medicine to develop a translational musculoskeletal research group. Investigators involved in the project include Paula Ludewig, Arin Ellingson, Daniel Keefe, Victor Barocas, Joan Bechtold, Rahul Narain, Cathy Carlson, Jutta Ellerman, David Polly, Jon Braman, Brad Nelson, Elizabeth Arendt, Ward Glasoe, Terese Chmielewski, Andrew Hans​e​n, and Nathaniel Helwig.​ Drs. Ludewig, Ellingson, Glasoe, Chmielewski and Hansen are all faculty members in Rehabilitation Science.​ Good news one-and-all!

Dr. McGee Recipient of AHTF and MOTA Awards

Belated congratulations extended to Corey McGee, PhD, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Program in Occupational Therapy and Division of Rehabilitation Science for being named 2016 Occupational Therapist of the Year by the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA). In addition, Dr. McGee and Ann Van Heest, MD (Orthopaedics, Medical School) were awarded the 2016 American Hand Therapy Foundation’s Grab the Evidence Award for their proposal entitled, “Graded Motor Imagery for Women at Risk for Developing Type I CRPS following Closed Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures: A Pilot Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial." Congratulations to both Dr. McGee and Dr. Van Heest.