Foundation for Physical Therapy Awards 2016 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and Research Grants totaling $295,000

ALEXANDRIA, VA, – The Foundation for Physical Therapy Board of Trustees recently awarded $295,000 in Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and Research Grants to 9 physical therapists.

“We continue to be amazed by the quality of applications we receive each year,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President, Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, EdD, FAPTA. “We are extremely proud of our decade’s long track record of fostering sound and effective research, and this year’s grants will support much-needed research in several specialty areas.”

Coupled with CoHSTAR funding along with scholarships and fellowships awarded earlier this year, the Foundation surpassed $1 million in annual funding for the first time in its 37 year history.  “We greatly appreciate the support of our donors who make this important work possible,” said Connolly.

The Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarship awards $5,000 annually to outstanding physical therapists as they begin their first year of graduate studies toward a postprofessional doctoral degree. These scholarships are funded by the Kendall Fund.

Scholarships were awarded to: Margaret French, DPT, University of Delaware; Ann Palermo, DPT, University of Miami; and Andrew Sprague, DPT, University of Delaware.

Michael Borich, DPT, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine, at Emory University, is the recipient of the $40,000 VCU-Marquette Challenge Research Grant named in honor of the Marquette Challenge, a student led fundraising initiative. His 1-year project, “Targeted Neuromodulation of Abnormal Interhemispheric Connectivity to Promote Neural Plasticity and Recovery of Arm Function after Stroke,” will study the ability of ihPAS, a promising non-invasive brain stimulation approach, to target a critical pathway contributing to arm dysfunction and persistent disability in stroke. Results generated from this work will improve understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying stroke related disability that will be exploited in future studies that focus on improving clinical outcomes for each stroke survivor.

Margaret Danilovich, DPT, PhD, Instructor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is the recipient of the $40,000 Geriatric Research Grant. Her 2-year project titled, “Implementing a Successful Aging Intervention to Reduce Frailty” will allow physical therapists to be at the forefront of the development and implementation of a self-management intervention for frailty as well as provide the foundation for an intervention designed to facilitate successful aging in the community for frail older adults. This grant is supported by the Foundation’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Fund.

Betty Smoot, PT, DPTSc, MAS, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of California at San Francisco, was awarded the $80,000 Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant. Her 2-year project titled, “Treatment of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema with a Negative Pressure Device: A Feasibility Study”, will evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel negative pressure device for the treatment of chronic Lymphedema and develop targeted interventions to prevent and treat LE, with the goal of improving quality of life in women. This project is funded by the Foundation’s Magistro Family Foundation Endowment Fund.

Ann Marie Flores, PT, PhD, CLT, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University was awarded the newly established $40,000 Moffat Geriatric Research Grant. Her 2-year project titled, “Breast Cancer Impairment Knowledge Study” will compare health beliefs about breast cancer-related impairments and PT to treat impairments between breast cancer survivors (BCS) and oncology specialists, assess reasons for and referral patterns to PT to manage impairments by breast cancer oncology specialists, and assess the relationship between oncology specialist priorities of PT referral and self-reported impairments of BCS. This project is funded by the Foundation’s Moffat Fund for Geriatric Research.

Marcie Harris-Hayes, MPT, DPT, MSCI, an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, was awarded the $40,000 Orthopaedic Research Grant. Her 1-year project titled, “Movement Pattern Training in People with Intra-Articular, Pre-Arthritic Hip Disorders: A Dosing Study,” aims to develop effective treatment strategies for people with prearthritic hip disorders that will improve function and prevent or delay the onset of osteoarthritis. This grant is supported by the Foundation’s Orthopaedic Endowment Fund.

Beth Smith, PT, DPT, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Research at the University of Southern California, was awarded the $40,000 Pediatrics Research Grant. Her 2-year project titled, “Movement-based Intervention to Promote Positive Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Infants at Risk for Developmental Delay”, plans to test effectiveness of an evidence-based intervention to promote positive neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants at risk for developmental delay. This grant is supported by the Foundation’s Pediatrics Research Grant Fund.

About the Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

Over the last 37 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 576 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $753 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapist researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation.

Contributions to the Foundation for Physical Therapy are tax-deductible and can be made online at Foundation4PT.org or sent to its headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

To learn more, visit Foundation4pt.org.

For more information, e-mail info@foundation4pt.org or call 800/875-1378.

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