PM&R NEWS 2021

  • Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award

    Jun 18, 2021
    Congratulations to former CU Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student, Allison Gustavson who received the prestigious Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award for exemplary work led by a student. The manuscript is published in the Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal (PTJ).
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  • New Telerehab Program Empowers Veterans at homeOpens in a new window

    Jun 16, 2021
    Chronic pain was something Army Veteran Magdalen Jean-Baptiste believed she’d experience for the rest of her life. That was until one day when a box arrived at her doorstep packed with an iPad, a Fitbit and more. She was now ready to start a 12-week session with the Medically Complex Telerehabilitation program (MCTelerehab) offered through VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS).
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  • AB Nexus Award

    May 20, 2021
    Drs. Andrew C. Smith, PT, DPT, PhD and Andrew Q. Tan, PhD, were awarded an AB (CU Anschutz-Boulder) Nexus Research Collaboration Grant Award. Together they will team up on a project: “Spinal cord injury (SCI) disrupts sensory and motor pathways, resulting in lifelong mobility impairments and loss of functional independence.” This study will characterize how breathing modest bouts of low oxygen (acute intermittent hypoxia; AIH) may enhance the excitability of spared pathways to the lower limb as well as augment motor adaptation in humans with SCI.”
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  • 34th Annual Gersten DayOpens in a new window

    May 19, 2021
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  • An update on efforts by VA to prevent veteran suicidesOpens in a new window

    May 14, 2021
    The prevention of veteran suicides has been an ongoing and high priority for the Veterans Affairs Department. Efforts go far beyond hotlines and other operational measures, and extend into research. Both research and operational support and have a locus at VA’s Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center in Aurora, Colorado. For an update, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the Center’s director, Dr. Lisa Brenner.
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  • Sharing Emerging Experiences Regarding Innovations in Telerehabilitation

    May 3, 2021
    Dr. Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program, recently provided an educational session at the national LeaRRn conference titled Shaping the Future of Telerehabilitation through Research. Dr. Stevens-Lapsley provided the audience with a detailed overview of the RESTORE labs existing project Multicomponent Telerehabilitation for Medically Complex Older Veterans.
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  • 5-0 START AT THE WORLD WHEELCHAIR-B CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPOpens in a new window

    Apr 15, 2021
    Five games into the 2021 World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship in Lohja, Finland, and Team USA is positioned at the top of the team standings with a perfect 5-0 record. The Team of Matt Thums (Weston, Wis.), Steve Emt (Hebron, Conn.), David Samsa (Green Bay, Wis.), Pam Wilson (Denver, Colo.), and Bat-Oyun “Oyuna” Uranchimeg (Burnsville, Minn.), arrived in Finland last week to adhere to the health protocols from local and national health authorities. While acclimating to the time change, the Team began their Covid testing and underwent 72 hours of self-isolation before hitting the ice for pre-event practice.
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  • Research on Burnout Among Nurses Receives AACN AwardOpens in a new window

    Apr 14, 2021
    A lot has changed in the 20 years since University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers Meredith Mealer, PhD, RN, and Marc Moss, MD, started studying the effects of stress on critical-care nurses. “Twenty years ago, people would say, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. We don’t see this at our hospital. What’s wrong with where you work?’” says Moss, pulmonologist and head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine. “And now, even prior to the pandemic, the National Academy of Medicine recognized that this is a major issue in health care. It’s been interesting to see the perceptions change over the past 10 to 20 years.”
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  • Dementia toolkit for clinicians underscores urgency of early diagnosis - Clinical Daily News - McKnight's Long Term Care NewsOpens in a new window

    Mar 31, 2021
    A primary care toolkit for brain health assessment and dementia diagnosis has gotten a much-needed update as more research points to the potential for better outcomes with earlier diagnoses, says the Gerontological Society of America.
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  • Reducing rural healthcare workforce disparities through novel education and training approaches

    Apr 9, 2021
    Members of the RESTORE team (Katherine Seidler, Katie Butera, and Lauren Hinrichs) under the lead of Dr. Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley in the Rehabilitation Science Program have developed a project informed by best practice in both education research and implementation science to expand education and training access to rural rehabilitation providers providing care for rural Veterans.
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  • Writing Proves a Therapeutic Outlet for Pandemic Stress

    Feb 16, 2021
    CU Anschutz-launched ‘Narrative Expressive Writing’ helps healthcare professionals process emotions arising from these challenging times.
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  • Congratulations to Meredith Mealer, PhD for being named a recipient of the 2021 AACN Pioneering Spirit Award.

    Feb 8, 2021
    This is one of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) highest honors. Dr. Mealer was honored for her contributions to high acuity and critical care nursing, along with her sustained, pioneering work and collaboration on the body of research related to PTSD in nurses with particular focus on critical care.
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  • Generous Donation to Support CHCO Patients

    Feb 5, 2021
    Dr. Deborah Hayes, our retired faculty partner, was honored with a generous anonymous donation to support CHCO patients (and their families) with special audiology, speech and learning needs, particularly during this time of immense stress and hardship.
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  • Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise Phase 3 Clinical Trial: SPARX3

    Jan 19, 2021
    CU Anschutz will be one of 29 sites participating in a phase 3 multi-site clinical research trial. The Interdisciplinary Movement Science Lab, led by Cory Christiansen PT, PhD will be coordinating the study for the Denver site.
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  • PM&R Pilot Grant Awarded to Dr. Andrew Smith

    Jan 19, 2021
    Congratulations to Andrew Smith, PT, PhD for being named a recipient of a 2020-2021 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Pilot Grant for the project, “Machine learning to quantify muscle changes, lean body mass, and function in obese adults.”
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