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SPTRS Faculty Published in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

A manuscript by Dr. John Mayer, Lincoln Endowed Chair of Biomechanical & Chiropractic Research and Coordinator of Research for the SPTRS, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. "Ultrasound measurements of lumbar multifidus and abdominal muscle size in firefighters" will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal.

The article cites USF research data made possible from a FEMA grant on low back injury prevention in firefighters, and was co-authored by JL Nuzzo and D Haun.

SPTRS Faculty to Present at Women’s Health Congress 2014

Two abstracts authored by Patricia Teran-Yengle, PT, PhD have been accepted for inclusion in the Women’s Health 2014: 22nd Annual Congress to be held April 4-6, 2014 in Washington, DC. Dr. Teran-Yengle will present "Joint Kinematics in Healthy Women with Knee Hyperextension Gait Pattern" and "Learning Effects of Gait Retraining Using Learner’s Focus of Attention Instructions to Control Knee Hyperextension of Healthy Young Women" during the Scientific Poster Session of the Congress.

SPTRS Well Represented at APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2014

Several SPTRS faculty will present at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 3-6, 2014.

Dr. Laura Lee "Dolly" Swisher leads off teaching a CSM 2014 preconference course titled "Teaching and Evaluating Ethics Knowledge in Physical Therapy Education through Concept Mapping, Moral Reasoning, and other Outcomes Measures." Her co-authors are Dr. Ian Edwards and Dr. Gesela van Kessel from the University of South Australia (Adelaide). Drs. Swisher, Edwards, and van Kessel are then joined by Dr. Gail Jensen of Creighton University in presenting a 2 hour course entitled "Linking Clinical and Ethical Reasoning in Physical Therapy Education: Preparing Students for the Certainty and Uncertainty of Practice."

Once the conference is underway, SPTRS faculty appear on the program with numerous poster and platform presentations.

Dr. Steven Ambler will present a poster titled "Management of A Patient with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome following ACL Reconstruction."

Dr. Rebecca Edgeworth will present a poster titled "Interprofessional Education for Teamwork: Collaborating to Determine a Plan of Care," co-authored by USF colleagues Thea Moore, Dawn Schocken, Nadine Matthie, Dr. Laura Lee Swisher, and Dr. Frazier Stevenson.

Dr. Douglas Haladay will deliver 4 poster presentations: "Responsiveness of Two Measures of Abdominal Muscle Performance following Stabilization Exercise Interventions in Persons with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Case Series" with co-authors from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Connecticut; and "Electromyographic (EMG) analysis of hip abductor muscle activity during common rehabilitation exercises in healthy subjects;" "Minimal detectable change of the percent of submaximal voluntary isometric contraction of the rectus abdominus during the lower abdominal muscle progression (LAMP);" and "Reconstructing a Human Gross Anatomy Course Based on Constructivist Learning Theory," all of which were co-authored with his former peers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

Dr. Jill Kester will present a poster titled "Implementation of a Contract-Based Grading System in PTA Education" that she co-authored with Dr. C. Hein.

Dr. Seok Hun Kim will present "Long-Term Effects of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt on Gait Performance in Elderly Individuals with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: Preliminary Results" that was coauthored by USF colleagues Jeannie Stephenson, PT, MS, NCS1; Dr. Naomi Abel; and Dr. Siviero Agazzi.

Dr. Aimee Klein’s platform presentation "Diagnosis Dialog: Classification of Shoulder Disorders in the ICF-based Clinical Practice Guideline and Alternative Approaches" was co-authored by Dr. Joseph Godges and Dr. Paula M. Ludewig from the University of Minnesota; Dr. Philip McClure from Arcadia University; Dr. Shirley A. Sahrmann and Dr. Barbara J. Norton, both from Washington University in St. Louis. The primary purpose of this session is to engage Orthopedics Section members in a collegial dialog about what "labels" should be used for the conditions that are relevant to physical therapist practice.

Dr. Rose Pignataro will present "Improving Physical Therapy Treatment Outcomes through Evidence-Based Tobacco Cessation Counseling" as a part of the Education Section of the conference.

Dr. Swisher presents "Ethics and Sports Medicine" as part of the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the conference. Her co-authors include Dr. Bruce Greenfield of Emory University and Dr. George Davies of Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Dr. Patricia Teran-Yengle will present a poster titled "Automaticity Effects of Gait Training Program in Women with Knee Hyperextension."

In addition to those presenting, two SPTRS faculty are being honored at the meeting. Dr. Kyle Watterson has been selected to attend CSM 2014 as one of the HPA section Mentorship Program Recipients, and Dr. Megan Heintz will receive her American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program News

The University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences/Rehab Essentials tDPT program is pleased to announce that admissions will open February 1, 2014 for the final class which will begin studies Fall 2014 semester. Enrollment will be limited to no more than 125 students and this will be the final opportunity to enroll in the USF SPTRS/Rehab Essentials tDPT degree program. Applications for admissions to the Fall 2014 class will open February1st and close August 1st. Apply at: https://hsccf.hsc.usf.edu/tdpt/ Questions regarding the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program for Florida licensed and Florida resident physical therapists can be directed to: tDPT-admissions@health.usf.edu.

Dr. Tajiri's Work to be Published in the Journal of Neuroscience

Dr. Naoki Tajiri, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair, is one of 3 equally contributing first authors on a manuscript recently accepted for publication in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience. "Intravenous transplants of human adipose-derived stem cell protect the brain from TBI-induced neurodegeneration and motor and cognitive impairments: Cell graft bio-distribution and soluble factors in young and aged rats" will appear in an early 2014 issue of the journal.

Dr. Sandra Acosta and Dr. Md Shahaduzzaman, both from the USF Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair (CABR), were equally contributing first authors with Dr. Tajiri. Dr. Cesar Borlongan (CABR) and Dr. Paula Bickford (CABR) served as corresponding authors. Other contributing authors from CABR include Dr.Hiroto Ishikawa, Dr. Kazutaka Shinozuka, Dr. Mibel Pabon, Diana Hernandez-Ontiveros, Christopher Metcalf, Meghan Staples, Travis Dailey, Julie Vasconcellos, Giorgio Franyuti, and Dr. Yuji Kaneko. Dr. Lisa Gould, Dr. Nikita Patel, and Dr. Denise Cooper, all of the James A. Haley Veterans Affairs Hospital and the USF Department of Molecular Medicine, were also contributing authors.

The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1969, now has nearly 42,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide. Its mission is to advance the understanding of the brain and the nervous system by bringing together scientists of diverse backgrounds, by facilitating the integration of research directed at all levels of biological organization, and by encouraging translational research and the application of new scientific knowledge to develop improved disease treatments and cures.

SPTRS Faculty Published in Neurobiology of Disease Journal

An article by Naoki Tajiri, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair, appears in the September, 2013 issue of Neurobiology of Disease. Dr. Tajiri; Dr. Yuji Kaneko, Assistant Professor at the USF Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair (CABR); and Dr. Hideki Shojo of the University of Yamanashi in Japan were equally contributing first authors of the manuscript. Dr. Cesar V. Borlongan, Professor at CABR, provided oversight on the manuscript, titled "DJ-1 ameliorates ischemic cell death in vitro possibly via mitochondrial pathway." Jack Burns and Meaghan Staples, both at CABR, also contributed as authors.

SPTRS Faculty Published in Prestigious Journal

Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, has published an original contribution of a collaborative manuscript by Dr. Hiroto Ishikawa (1st author) and 2nd author, Naoki Tajiri, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair. Titled “Vasculogenesis in Experimental Stroke After Human Cerebral Endothelial Cell Transplantation,” the article will appear in the November, 2013 issue and may be accessed online at http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/10/15/STROKEAHA.113.001943

Dr. Cesar V. Borlongan of the USF Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair (CABR) served as corresponding author, and seven other authors also collaborated on the manuscript. The study examines the role of stem cell–mediated vascular repair in stroke.

Research on Traumatic Brain Injury Is Published

A study examining the pathological link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Alzheimer’s disease has been published by PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication that features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine. Dr. Naoki Tajiri, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair, is 1st author on the article titled, "Traumatic brain injury precipitates cognitive impairment and extracellular Aβ aggregation in Alzheimer's disease transgenic mice." It is available online http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0078851.

Dr. Cesar V. Borlongan of the USF Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair (CABR), Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair is the corresponding author of the manuscript. Other authors include S. Leilani Kellogg, (Graduate students, Department of Psychology, USF); Dr. Toru Shimizu, (Professor, Department of Psychology, USF); and Dr. Gary W. Arendash (Professor, NeuroEM Therapeutics, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, USA).

SPTRS Faculty Published in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

A manuscript by SPTRS Assistant Professor Douglas Haladay, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR). The article, titled, "Responsiveness of the Double Limb Lowering Test and Lower Abdominal Muscle Progression to Core Stabilization Exercise Programs in Healthy Adults" will appear in one of the early 2014 issues.

Articles in JSCR serve to improve the knowledge based practices in the world of strength and conditioning and improve readers understanding of sport science.

Article to Appear in WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation

A manuscript by Dr. John Mayer, Lincoln Endowed Chair of Biomechanical & Chiropractic Research and Coordinator of Research for the SPTRS, has been accepted for publication in "Work," a journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation. It is known as an interdisciplinary, international journal which publishes high quality peer-reviewed manuscripts covering the entire scope of the occupation of work.

The article, co-authored by James Nuzzo, is titled "Worksite back and core exercise in firefighters: effect on lumbar multifidus muscle size," and will appear in an issue in late 2014 or early 2015.

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Students at USF Health

Over 100 Florida licensed Physical Therapist currently enrolled in the USF Health SPTRS/Rehab Essentials transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) degree program attended a two day Professionalism course on the USF Health Tampa campus November 10-11, 2013.

SPTRS Faculty Members Achieve Advanced C.I. Credential

Congratulations USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences Core faculty Dr. Rebecca Edgeworth, PT, DPT, CI & Dr. Steven Ambler, PT, DPT, OCS, CCCE/CI on achieving the APTA Advanced Clinical Instructor Credential this October 2013. The Advanced credential advances experienced Clinical Instructors, in both clinical teaching and best clinical practice, when providing physical therapist student interns’ clinical education. The APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (ACCIP) uses a case-based and interactive didactic approach for education in the context of the doctoring profession, across core areas of contemporary professional education and clinical practice that fosters best clinical teaching and best practice in patient/client management.

Commitment to Professionalism Ceremony is Occasion for DPT Class of 2016

The newest class of USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences Doctor of Physical Therapy students recited a solemn oath to practice compassionate, patient-centered care before an audience of their family and friends during the School’s 12th Annual Commitment to Professionalism Ceremony on October 17, 2013. The occasion commemorates a significant step for the 38 students in USF’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and symbolizes their entry into the community of physical therapy professionals.

The procession into the ballroom of the Marshall Student Center was led by a kilt-clad bagpipe player with a unique connection to the School. Bagpiper Dr. Gregory Nicolosi is a former Professor of Physiology in the College of Medicine. In the 1990’s he was Executive Associate Vice President and interim dean/vice president and helped to found the USF the School of Physical Therapy. The school has named an award in his honor.

Janet Krout, DPT 2016 Class President, led the students as they recited their Commitment to Professionalism Oath. Faculty mentors then presented each student with a white coat, compliments of donors from across USF Health and the Tampa Bay community.

This year’s keynote address was delivered by Mary Jane Harris, Director of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Words of Wisdom for the new class were also offered by Ayla Olk-Szost, President of the USF Association of Physical Therapy Students.

SPTRS Faculty Elected at Annual Conference and Assembly

Rebecca Edgeworth, PT, DPT, has been elected to the Nominating Committee of the Florida Physical Therapy Association and to the American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates at the FPTA’s 2013 Annual Conference and Assembly of Representatives. The results of the FPTA Leadership election were announced at the FPTA 2013 Annual Conference held this fall in Orlando Florida. Dr. Edgeworth is an Instructor at the USF School of Physical Therapy and sees patients at the Physical Therapy Center at the USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare.

SPTRS Research to be Presented at Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly 2013

Research conducted by Dr. John Mayer, Lincoln Endowed Chair of Biomechanical & Chiropractic Research and Coordinator of Research for the USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences (SPTRS) and Dr. Sandy Quillen, Director of SPTRS and Associate Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, along with Lt. Col. John Childs of the US Air Force, will be presented as a poster at the Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA) Scientific Assembly held in Tampa on December 14-17, 2013.

The presentation, “Low Back Pain in the US Military: Epidemiology, Prevention, and Future Directions,” will discuss the best available evidence on interventions for risk reduction of low back pain in the military in order to optimize performance and enhance resilience of our warfighters. SOMA is the only medical association in the world that brings together the unique blend of interprofessional teams in order to advance the art and science of special operations medical care.

Dr. Pignataro is Recipient of the Linda Crane Award

SPTRS Assistant Professor Rose Pignataro, PT, DPT, PhD, has been awarded the Linda Crane Award, a $10,000 grant from the Florida Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Pignataro will utilize the grant to study “Tobacco Cessation Counseling as a Component of Physical Therapist Practice: Opportunities for Improved Treatment Outcomes through Effective Patient Education.”

The award acknowledges an individual who has made outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy as exemplified in the professional career of Linda Crane. Dr. Crane was a dedicated member of the profession of physical therapy since 1970, and was one of the first three APTA board certified clinical specialists in cardiopulmonary physical therapy.

Dr. Tajiri Attends International Symposium in Cardiff, UK.

Dr. Naoki Tajiri, Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair, recently attended the 12th International Symposium on Neural Transplantation and Restoration in Cardiff, Wales UK. The Network of European CNS Transplantation and Restoration (NECTAR) organization brings together scientists such as Dr. Tajiri to continue research exploring cell transplantation and gene therapy as therapeutic strategies to improve the lives of patients with various neurological disorders. Their annual conference was held in Cardiff in conjunction with the international symposium, a major international gathering for scientists working on the development of cell transplantation and related restorative therapies in brain and spinal cord for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease and injury.

Dr. Tajiri presented “A microRNA profile of reduced mir-34b/c and increased mir-592 in adult epileptic patient-derived brain cells reveals potent disease biomarker and screening tool for transplantable stem cells.” This study reports the utility of microRNA profiling as a biomarker and therapy development for temporal lobe epilepsy. Co-authors include Dr. Hiroto Ishikawa, Dr. Kazutaka Shinozuka, Travis Dailey, Robert Sullivan, Dr. Yuji Kaneko, Teresita Malapira, Dr. Carmelina Gemma, Dr. Fernando Vale, and Dr. Cesar V. Borlongan.

Performing Arts Medicine Association to Meet at USF in 2014

Dr. William Quillen, Associate Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and Professor and Director of School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences will serve as Co-director of first-ever southeast regional meeting of the Performing Arts Medicine Association. Titled “Free to Play,” the event is also directed by USF Music Professor Sang-Hie Lee and will be held at the USF School of Music in March, 2014.

The event brings together health practitioners, researchers, educators, and the community to discuss performing arts medicine and its implications for education and injury prevention and rehabilitation.

The conference will feature such eminent invited faculty as Dr. Richard Lederman of Cleveland Clinic, one of the two originators of PAMA, Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, a renowned otolaringologist of Philadelphia with a Doctor of Music degree in voice; Dr. John Chong, medical director of Musicians’ Clinics of Canada and the current president of PAMA; Dr. Nancy Kadel, a Seattle-based orthopedic surgeon, a former dancer and the incoming president of PAMA; and Dr. Thomas Welsh a renowned researcher in dance physiology. The concert on Saturday evening, March 8, 2014 will feature faculty and students from USF’s Schools of Music and Theatre & Dance, as well as regional talents, the USF medical orchestra and the USF medical dance group.

View the Program Registration Booklet and Call for Papers.

SPTRS Faculty Published in Prestigious Journal

Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, has published an original contribution co-authored by Naoki Tajiri, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair.

Dr. Tajiri, along with Dr. Cesar V. Borlongan of the USF Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair (CABR) and five other scholars collaborated on the manuscript “Ischemic Stroke Brain Sends Indirect Cell Death Signals to the Heart” that appears in the September 5 issue of Stroke. Their research investigates pathological effects of the ischemic brain on the heart using experimental stroke models. The article may be accessed online at http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/09/05/STROKEAHA.113.001714.long

SPTRS Faculty Publishes in American Journal of Health Promotion

An article by Dr. John Mayer, Lincoln Endowed Chair of Biomechanical & Chiropractic Research and Coordinator of Research for the SPTRS, will appear in the American Journal of Health Promotion. This is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for exchange among the many disciplines involved in health promotion and an interface between researchers and practitioners.

Titled “Impact of a supervised worksite exercise program on back and core muscular endurance in firefighters,” it discusses the primary outcomes of a FEMA-funded study awarded to SPTRS (Mayer - PI, Quillen - Co-PI) and will also be presented at the Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference in Colorado Springs next March. Co-authors on the article include Dr. William S. Quillen, Associate Dean, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Professor and Director of SPTRS, Dr. Ren Chen, Dr. Paul Lunseth, and Dr. Simon Dagenais.

SPTRS Faculty Publishes in PLOS ONE Journal

A manuscript authored by Naoki Tajiri, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair, has been accepted by PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. PLOS ONE features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine.

Dr. Tajiri’s paper, “Stem Cell Recruitment of Newly Formed Host Cells via a Successful Seduction? Filling the Gap between Neurogenic Niche and Injured Brain Site” is also available online http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0074857. Dr. Cesar V. Borlongan of the USF Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair (CABR), Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair is the corresponding author of the manuscript. Other authors include Dr. Yuji Kaneko, Assistant Professor at CABR; and Ernest Yankee, Michael McGrogan, and Casey Case for based Sanbio Inc., a biomedical research company in Mountain View, CA.

SPTRS Faculty to Present at Safety & Health Conference

Dr. John Mayer, Lincoln Endowed Chair of Biomechanical & Chiropractic Research and Coordinator of Research for the SPTRS, has been invited to present a program at the 2013 Safety & Health Conference in Orlando, Florida on December 10, 2013. The conference provides a forum for fire departments’ to discuss the latest in safety training, research, and healthy lifestyles within the fire service. It is sponsored by the Florida Fire Chief’s Association, which represents over 2200 members and is resourced by the Florida Fire & Emergency Services Foundation.

Dr. Mayer will present “Worksite Exercise and Education Programs for Prevention of Musculoskeletal Injuries in Firefighters.”

SPTRS Faculty to Present at FPTA Conference

Assistant Professors Dr. Steven Ambler and Dr. Kyle Watterson will give Platform Presentations at the 2013 Annual Conference and Assembly of the Florida Physical Therapy Association in Orlando on September 29. Dr. Ambler will give the Linda Crane Presentation titled “Dynamically Designed Orthotics: The Effect on Foot Pressure, Balance, and Gait in Subjects with Simulated Neuropathic Ulcers.” He collaborated on the abstract with his SPTRS colleague, Dr. Heather Hartsell.

Dr. Kyle Watterson’s Platform Presentations are titled “The Treatment of a Complex Case that Traverses Several Practice Patterns” and ”The Consequences of Successful Rehabilitation of a Large Rotator Cuff: A Case Report.”

SPTRS Faculty Appointed to NASS Exercise Committee

Dr. John Mayer, Lincoln Endowed Chair of Biomechanical & Chiropractic Research and Coordinator of Research for the SPTRS, has been appointed to the Exercise Committee of the North American Spine Society (NASS). The NASS Exercise Committee evaluates and consolidates all NASS exercise-related publications and educates spine care providers and patients about the role exercise can play in promoting spine health and reducing back pain. NASS is a multidisciplinary medical organization dedicated to fostering the highest quality, ethical, value-based and evidence-based spine care through education, research and advocacy. It is comprised of more than 7,500 members worldwide from several disciplines including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, physiatry, neurology, radiology, anesthesiology, research, physical therapy, and other spine care professionals.

School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree Program News

Due to the continuing success of the USF SPTRS/Rehab Essentials tDPT partnership with over 100 Florida Physical Therapists newly enrolled for the Fall 2013 cohort, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering admissions to two additional cohorts beginning in the Spring 2014 and Fall 2014. Enrollment will be strictly limited to no more than 125 students per cohort and these will be the final opportunities to enroll in the USF SPTRS/Rehab Essentials tDPT degree program. Applications for Spring 2014 will open October 1st. Apply at: https://hsccf.hsc.usf.edu/tdpt/ Questions regarding the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program for Florida licensed and Florida resident physical therapists can be directed to: tDPT-admissions@health.usf.edu

SPTRS Clinical Faculty Achieves Specialist Designation

SPTRS Faculty member Megan Heintz, PT, DPT, OCS, has earned the designation of Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) after recently passing the examination conducted by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Heintz is congratulated on achieving this significant career milestone.

SPTRS Faculty Member to Present at Professional Meetings

Dr. Rose Pignataro’s scholarly work on tobacco cessation will be presented at two national conferences. An abstract entitled "Tobacco cessation counseling in physical therapy practice: Addressing health disparities in people with disabilities" has been selected for a poster presentation during the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association to be held in Boston November 2 - 6, 2013 in Boston.

Dr. Pignataro will also present at the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb 3 -6, 2014. Her paper for that conference is entitled “Improving Physical Therapy Treatment Outcomes through Evidence-Based Tobacco Cessation Counseling.”

SPTRS Faculty to Represent Florida at National Conference of Physical Therapists

Dr. Gina Maria Musolino, FL Chief Delegate and Drs. Rebecca Edgeworth and Steven Ambler, FL Delegates, shall be representing with the Florida Delegation for the 2013 House of Delegates, an APTA policy-making body, in Salt Lake City UT June 23-26, 2013. The decisions the delegates make have far-reaching implications for the association and the profession of physical therapy.

DPT Student Receives Golden Bull Award

Jillian Donohue, a 1st year DPT student in the Class of 2015, is a recipient of the Golden Bull Award -- one of USF's highest honors given annually to up to 20 students who encompass the spirit of USF and have demonstrated its values.As a Golden Bull recipient, Ms. Donohue embraces and epitomizes the institution of leadership, engagement with the community and public service, academic achievement through research, pursuit of knowledge and critical thinking skills, understanding of cultural and ethnic diversity, and a demonstrated commitment to respect, integrity, and civility. An award ceremony was held April 25, 2013 in the Marshall Center. The School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences congratulates Jillian on this fine honor.

Spring 2013 Graduates of the Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (tDPT) Degree Program

Twenty nine graduates of the Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree program participated in the Spring 2013 USF commencement that took place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Sun Dome on the Tampa campus.

SPTRS Professor Seok Hun Kim, PT, PhD to present at ICORR 2013

SPTRS Assistant Professor Seok Hun Kim, PT, PhD, is lead author of a paper titled “Robot-Assisted Balance Training for Gait Modification,” that has been selected for poster presentation at the 13th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics in Seattle, Washington on June 24-26, 2013. In the paper, Dr. Kim identifies if a novel robot-assisted balance training program could change human gait patterns.

SPTRS Faculty to Present Poster at APTA 2013 Conference

SPTRS Assistant Professor Seok Hun Kim, PT, PhD has been accepted to present a poster at the 2013 conference of the American Physical Therapy Association in Salt Lake City, June 26-29. The poster, which was co-authored with Dr. Soonhee Kang and Miss Hye Yun Yang, is titled “Effects of a task-oriented training program on body function, activity, and participation in children with cerebral palsy.”

Abstract to be Presented at National Strength & Conditioning Conference

Dr. John Mayer, Lincoln Endowed Chair of Chiropractic & Biomechanical Research and Coordinator of Research for the SPTRS, along with co-authors Jennifer Libous, MS, SPTRS Clinical Research Administrator, and Jason Martuscello, MS, USF School of Physical Education and Exercise Science will have an abstract presented in the Scientific Program of the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada July 10-13, 2013. The abstract, titled "SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF CORE MUSCLE ACTIVITY DURING PHYSICAL FITNESS EXERCISES," will be presented by Mr. Martuscello.

Poster on Traumatic Brain Injury to be Presented

William Quillen, PT, DPT, Ph.D, FACSMNaoki Tajiri, PT, Ph.D
SPTRS Assistant Professor Naoki Tajiri, PT, PhD, along with William Quillen, PT, DPT, PhD, FACSM, Associate Dean and SPTRS Director and other co-authors, will have a poster presentation at the 20th Annual American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida on April 25-27. The poster, titled “Hyperbaric oxygen treatment and exercise attenuate behavioral and histological deficits in adult rats exposed to experimental traumatic brain injury,” represents a collaboration of USF’s Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair, Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, Office of Research and Innovation, and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. Co-authors include Dr. Cesar Borlongan; Dr. Raffaele Pilla; Dr. K Shinozuka; Dr. H Ishikawa; General Martin Steele, Ret.; Dr. Paul Sanberg; and Dr. Jay Dean.

The primary injury induced by traumatic brain injury (TBI) is largely unavoidable, but triggers secondary brain cell death that may be readily treatable. The poster focuses on this urgent health-related issue of high military significance that will have direct impact on treating soldiers at risk of presenting with TBI or have succumbed to TBI.

SPTRS Welcomes Dr. Naoki Tajiri

SPTRS Welcomes Dr. Naoki Tajiri
Dr. Naoki Tajiri joins the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences as Assistant Professor and Research Scientist. Dr. Tajiri is not new to USF, as he has recently completed three years of post-doctoral training with Dr. Cesar Borlongan in the USF Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair.

Clinically trained as a physical therapist in his home country of Japan, Dr. Tajiri’s expertise in STEM cell transplantation to ameliorate deficits from CNS stroke and tbi was developed during his graduate study at Okayama University. His recent post-doctoral work will provide SPTRS with a foothold in the rapidly emerging world of regenerative rehabilitation. He brings not only the required “cutting-edge” subject matter expertise to our School faculty, but a significant publication and grants record which will position him with medical and surgical colleagues in future research endeavors.

SPTRS Faculty to Present Poster at APTA 2013 Conference

Faculty to Present Poster at APTA 2013 Conference
Assistant Clinical Professors Dr. Matt Lazinski and Dr. Kyle Watterson have authored a poster that will be presented at the 2013 conference of the American Physical Therapy Association in Salt Lake City, June 26-29. The poster, which was co-authored with Don Smith of Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, is titled “Rehabilitation of a Multi-structure Knee Injury in a Paralympian with Below the Knee Amputation: A Case Report.” The poster features the rehabilitation protocol utilized with a 27 year old Paralympics track athlete who sustained a traumatic knee dislocation.

DPT Student Selected as a Paul Ambrose Scholar

DPT Student Selected as a Paul Ambrose Scholar
Claire Millman, a first year student in the DPT program, has been selected as a 2013 Paul Ambrose Scholar. She is one of only 40 health professions students from across the country who will attend the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program Symposium to be held June 20-23 in Washington, DC. Ms. Millman is in the DPT Class of 2015.

The symposium, sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), is designed to empower students by enhancing their leadership skills and teaching them important public health competencies. Scholar students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and varying attitudes toward public health and learn methods to affect change in their own community.

SPTRS Faculty Recognized for Educational Excellence

Two SPTRS faculty members recently earned the College of Medicine’s Educational Excellence Awards, an honor presented to faculty by faculty. The winners are selected by an interdisciplinary and inter-professional selection committee that looks only at those faculty members who demonstrate innovative teaching and education scholarship.

Dr. Steven Ambler, Assistant Clinical Professor, and Dr. Rebecca Edgeworth, Clinical Instructor, will each be awarded the Deans Recognition of Outstanding Teaching at a ceremony on May 9, 2013 at the Hilton in downtown Tampa.

Dr. Ambler and Dr. Edgeworth are small group preceptors for 1st year DPT and MD students in “Doctoring,” an interprofessional course in the integrated Year 1 Curriculum of the USF Morsani College of Medicine. In addition, both faculty have teaching responsibilities with Physical Therapy courses and instruct DPT students in the USF PT Center clinical practice.

Article Accepted for Publication

Dr. John Mayer, Lincoln Endowed Chair of Chiropractic & Biomechanical Research and Coordinator of Research for the SPTRS, is co-author of an article recently accepted for publication in WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. The article “Age and Gender Normative Data for Lift Capacity” was co-authored by LN Matheson, JL Verna, S Leggett, and T Dreisinger and will appear in a future issue of the journal.

Faculty Member on Team to Receive Women's Health Seed Grant Award

SPTRS faculty member Jeannie Stephenson, PT, MS, NCS, has received a research grant as part of an interprofessional team at USF. Others on the team include Dr. Jamie Winderbaum Fernandez, (MCOM); Dr. Chuanhai Cao (College of Pharmacy); Dr. Kevin Kip, Professor (CON); and Dr. Cesar Borlongan (MCOM). Their research study entitled “Gender-linked stem cell alterations in stroke are magnified in postpartum depression: a target for neurorehabilitation,” was funded by USF Women’s Health for $11,200 for academic year 2013-2014. The intent of the grant is to develop faculty research collaboration across USF Health and other USF colleges on a subject related to Women’s Health.

Faculty Co-authors Article

Dr. L.L. “Dolly” Swisher, SPTRS Coordinator of Professional Education, has collaborated on an article with colleagues in the USF College of Nursing and from the School of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy) at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia. Their manuscript, “Cognitive maps and the structure of observed learning outcome assessment of physiotherapy students’ ethical reasoning knowledge,” appears in the recent electronic version of the journal Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. Lead author Mark Jones worked with Dr. Swisher, Ian Edwards, Gisela Van Kessel, and Jason Beckstead in writing the article.

Governor Scott Appoints SPTRS Director to Florida Board of Physical Therapy

Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed William S. Quillen, PT, DPT, PhD, FACSM, Director of USF’s School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, to the Florida Board of Physical Therapy. The Board is comprised of seven members appointed by the Governor: five licensed physical therapists and two consumer members whose charge is to protect the public and make Florida the healthiest state in the nation through health care licensure, enforcement, and information.

Article Accepted for Publication

SPTRS Coordinator of Clinical Education, Dr. Gina Musolino, is lead author of a manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Allied Health. The article, "Reasons Identified for Seeking the American Physical Therapy Association Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (APTA CCIP) in Florida” will be published in an upcoming issue. Co-authors are Jacqueline vanDujin, Debra Gray, Anne Noonan, and Linda Eargle.

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