Anna Mattlage, a doctoral degree candidate in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, has received a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association.
The two-year fellowship covers the cost of a full graduate research assistant stipend along with an allowance for project support. The AHA fellowship will support Mattlage's dissertation research project, which is aimed at understanding the biomarkers of neuroprotection following an acute stroke.
"Receiving the AHA pre-doctoral fellowship is a huge honor," Mattlage said. "I would like to thank all the people who have supported me in this pursuit. Receiving the AHA pre-doctoral fellowship will financially support my experiments, as well as allow me more time to dedicate to my research."
Mattlage is the first University of Kansas Medical Center student in the KU Training Program in Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences - which is funded by a National Institutes of Health T32 Training Grant (Randolph Nudo, principle investigator) - to receive external funding while in the program.
The KU Training Program in Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences provides interdisciplinary training in translational research in basic and clinical aspects of neuroscience -- especially in neurological conditions amenable to rehabilitative treatments. Graduate students take part in a variety of activities to strengthen their understanding of translational research and the collaboration between scientists and clinicians.
"I am very proud of Anna and happy that she received this prestigious training grant from the American Heart Association," said her mentor, Sandra Billinger, PT, Ph.D., FAHA, who is head of the REACH Lab. "Funding for training grants is very competitive, but she has worked hard to put together an outstanding application. She is on her way to being a successful researcher."
Mattlage plans to complete her research and defend her dissertation by the end of her AHA funding period in summer 2016.