Service of Gratitude – Held on Friday, September 10, 2010 at Canon Chapel


The first year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students, having just finished their Anatomy course, held a Service of Gratitude to honor the gift of cadavers they received to pursue their studies in anatomy. This non-denominational service was held at Emory’s Canon Chapel and was attended by the DPT program faculty and students along with families and friends of the students.

Students read poems, rendered vocal performances and presented a “Conversation of Spirits” as an offering of their gratitude. On behalf of the faculty, Dr. Zoher Kapasi, course director for anatomy and Interim Director of the DPT Program, spoke at the service. Reverend Saul Burleson, Program Development Specialist, led the service with opening remarks and following a lighting of candles, closed with closing reflections.

The Service of Gratitude is held every year at the end of the Anatomy course and is organized by the students. The service reinforces the values of caring and giving within our DPT students as they proceed in their training to become Doctors of Physical Therapy.

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Faculty Member, Randy Trumbower, is Invited to Speak at World Congress on Biomechanics


Randy Trumbower

We are pleased to announce that Randy Trumbower, PT, PhD, has been invited to speak at the 6th World Congress on Biomechanics. The Congress will take place in Singapore from August 1-6, 2010. Over 2,000 delegates will be present to hear seminars in the fields of organ, tissue, cell and molecular mechanics with special emphasis on state-of-the-art technology and medical applications. Dr. Trumbower’s speech is entitled “Acute intermittent hypoxia enhances voluntary muscle strength at the ankle in humans with spinal injury”.

Dr. Trumbower joined the Emory DPT faculty in the fall of 2009. He received a masters degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University, went on to obtain masters and doctorate degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and most recently completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Rehab Institute of Chicago. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of neurologic rehabilitation and biomedical engineering. Dr. Trumbower is passionate about evidence-based clinical practice through research and has been published in many journals including the Journal of Neurophysiology and Journal of Clinical Kinesiology.

Recent Grant Award for Andrew J. Butler, PT, MBA, PhD, FAHA


Andrew Butler, PT, MBA, PhD, FAHA

Emory DPT faculty member Andrew J. Butler PT, MBA, Ph.D. FAHA, Associate Professor Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Research Health Scientist, Atlanta VA Medical Center, and Minoru Shinohara, Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Applied Physiology, The Georgia Institute of Technology, were awarded a 2-year, $200,000 grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service.

The grant is titled, “Effects of sympathetic nerve activity on cortical excitability during a hand motor task”. The aim of the project is to determine predictors and examine the effects of physiologically heightened sympathetic nerve activity on motor cortex intracortical inhibition and facilitation when a hand muscle is relaxed and performing a precision task. The identification of physiologic predictors could lead to the development of new rehabilitative strategies based on the interactions between the sympathetic nervous system and the neuromuscular system.

A member of Dr. Butler’s laboratory (Cory Inman, Department of Psychology) is presenting a poster at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping in Barcelona, Spain. June 2010. The title of the poster is: Exploratory structural equation modeling (SEM) reveals altered resting-state motor control network connectivity following stroke. Authors are: Inman C, James GA, Hamann S. Rajendra J. Pagnoni G. AJ Butler. Dr. Butler is the senior author on the presentation.

Emory Is Selected To Be Part of the Cornerstone Society of the Marquette Challenge Philanthropy Circle

William G. Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA, President/Chair of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, recently informed the Emory DPT Program of its selection by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Physical Therapy to join the Cornerstone Society in the Marquette Challenge Philanthropy Circle.

The Marquette Challenge Philanthropy Circle was developed to recognize academic institutions for longstanding support of physical therapy research through the annual Marquette Challenge. Emory University has raised more than $65,000 in 10 years for the Marquette Challenge. The Challenge is now the single largest annual fundraising event conducted for the Foundation.

The Cornerstone Society award will be presented to an Emory DPT student representative during the Foundation’s Gala on June 17, 2010 in Boston, MA.

Congratulations to the many students who have dedicated their time and energy toward raising money to support the Foundation. We are all proud of this achievement!

Emory DPT Program Presented with Awards for Support of Physical Therapy Research

On June 17, 2010, at the APTA Annual Conference in Boston, the Emory DPT Program was recognized for its support of physical therapy research through the annual Miami-Marquette Challenge. Student representatives Marti Ebert and Ashley Perry, both in the Emory DPT Class of 2011, accepted the award on behalf of Emory students from the Foundation for Physical Therapy into the Marquette Challenge 2010 Philanthropy Circle Cornerstone Society for raising over $60,000 for the Marquette Challenge over the last 10 years. Marti and Ashley also accepted the Maimi-Marquette Challenge Award of Excellence which was presented to the physical therapy students of Emory University for raising over $10,000 for the Foundation this year.

William G. Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA, President/Chair of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, presented Emory with these awards.




Faculty Member, Randy Trumbower, To Join Faculty of Bioengineering Department at Georgia Tech

The Bioengineering Program faculty met on, May 10th, 2010, and unanimously approved Dr. Randy Trumbower’s application.

As such, he has been added to the Bioengineering website’s program faculty list here.

Emory DPT Students and Faculty to Participate in Upcoming Westside Atlanta Health Fair

Saturday, April 17th the Emory DPT Program will join other health professions students in hosting tables at the Westside Atlanta Health Fair. The fair will include educational information, festive activities, health screenings & more. Physical therapy student and faculty volunteers will screen community members for balance problems and risk of falls & provide educational information about preventing falls & physical activity. This event is student initiated and faculty supervised. So come out and support the students as well as the Atlanta community.

The fair will be held at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church (downtown Atlanta, next to the Georgia Dome). Volunteers may sign up for AM or PM shifts. The fair will run from 11am to 3pm. Set up begins at 9am. Please sign-up by April 7th. You can sign-up by email or the sign-up sheet on my door. If you have a preferred shift (9am set up to 12pm or 12am to 3pm and clean up or anything in-between) please let me know.

Use your skills to help make a difference in the Atlanta community!

ICU SIM Lab Learning Experience for First-Year DPT Students

On Tuesday, February 16, the first year DPT students participated in an ICU Simulation (SIM) Lab. The goal of this lab was to create a real-life hospital intensive care environment where students could problem solve and learn about acute patients. The SIM Lab is part of the Emory Center for Experiential Learning (ExCEL) in the School of Medicine.

During the simulation lab, physical therapy students rotated through five ICU cases with various acute conditions and complications. With the guidance of experienced clinicians, the students followed a problem-solving method of discussing pathology, precautions and treatment planning. Students performed evaluations and treatments on the simulated patients and identified ways to modify treatment based on the response from the patient. Furthermore, students had an opportunity to become familiar with the various lines, tubes, catheters, monitors and equipment seen in the ICU setting.

These mannequin-based simulations use high fidelity simulators that physiologically respond to treatment similar to what would occur in real patients. The simulated patient can be assessed by the learner; they can initiate treatment with a resultant response, and perform a variety of procedures. This is done in a controlled learning environment that mimics the real patient care settings but is safe for the patient and learner. The SIM lab is located in the basement floor of the School of Medicine Building.

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Welcome Back Reception for Students, Faculty and Staff

On Friday, January 15th, the Division of Physical Therapy hosted our annual Welcome Back Reception for students, faculty and staff. The reception was held at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in the Lullwater Ballroom.
At the reception, third-year DPT students were welcomed back from their long-term affiliations and first and second-year students from their Winter Break. Over 160 people gathered to enjoy dinner, drinks and good company.

We are looking forward to a great Spring semester here at Emory.

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