Research News


Gillick Study Highlighted by NIH

A recently completed NIH K01 research project, tDCS/CIMPT in Cerebral Palsy, with Dr. Bernadette Gillick serving as Principal Investigator (PI), has been completed and highlighted by the National Institute of Health. Over 50 investigators and collaborators contributed to the research, with the dedication of 20 enrolled children and their families from across the United States. The was a study in the making since 2001, with the K01 award commencing in 2015. "I am very grateful for the efforts dedicated to this cause and wanted to extend my most heart-felt appreciation," says Dr. Gillick. "May we continue to develop robust and durable interventions for these children across the lifespan, integrating words such as 'cure' and 'prevent' like never before."

IEM Seed Grant Program Award

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.

Division of Physical Therapy Open rTMS Clinic

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.

Dr. Linda Koehler awarded Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund

Linda Koehler, PhD, PT, CLT-LANA, 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

Video highlight

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, was invited to join President Kaler for a legislative press conference to share the impact of MnDRIVE funding in supporting research at the University of Minnesota. (Watch Video). 

Students and post-docs who are supported by MnDRIVE funding


Bernadette Gillick on Impact of MnDRIVE