News & Events


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.

McGee Serves as Guest Contributor

Corey McGee, PhD, OTR/L, CHT, Program in Occupational Therapy and Division of Rehabilitation Science was an invited guest "autobiographical" blogger for the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) to discuss his transition from clinician into clinical-researcher. Click here to read his story.

​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!

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!

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.

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, Awarded Prestigious APTA Award

Please be informed that Dr. Bernadette Gillick has received the Eugene Michels Outstanding New Investigator Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. This is a national award that 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. As you know, Dr. Gillick is leading research efforts in non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroplasticity interventions applied to pediatric populations. She will be honored at the NEXT conference of the APTA in June. This is an incredible accomplishment that reflects wonderfully on the science being done at the University of Minnesota. Thanks Bernadette!!!

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 rTMS 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.
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Teresa Kimberley, PhD, PT, Awarded $1.5 million NIH Grant to Pursue Treatment of Rare Movement Disorder

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.

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.

Corey McGee Named Occupational Therapist of the Year

Corey McGee, Ph.D., OTR/L, Center for Allied Health Programs, was named Occupational Therapist of the Year by the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association. This award recognizes members of MOTA who, with their knowledge and expertise, have made a significant contribution to the advancement of occupational therapy within the state of Minnesota.

Lawrence Recipient of NIH F31 Award

We are proud to announce Becky Lawrence has recieved a NIH F31 Award from the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, a sub-component of NICHD.  Becky will serve as Principal Investigator on the project titled "Movement-related pathogenesis of rotator cuff disease in persons with shoulder pain."​  The purpose of the award it to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research.  The mentored research training has a goal of developing productive, independent research scientists. Becky is mentored by Dr. Paula Ludewig.Congrats, Becky!