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Congratualations Dr. Bernadette Gillick on completing the tDCS/CIMT in Cerebral Palsy research study!

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, completes her main NIH K01 research project, tDCS/CIMT in Cerebral Palsy. This was a study in the making since 2011, with the K01 commencing in 2015. Over 50 investigators and collaborators contributed to this research, with the dedication of 20 enrolled children and their families from across the United states. Read more about the amazing work they did on the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development page and European Journal of Paediatric Neurology

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.

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.

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 recently 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