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Exercise Is Medicine 2012 a Success

KU Medical Center was again host to the Exercise Is Medicine Conference May 18, 2012. More than 125 fitness experts, scientists, health care professionals and members of the local community joined KU to learn about the positive effects of physical activity and to promote the importance of exercise in the design of treatment plans for patients.

EIM 2012 received sponsorship from the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, the KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Rockhurst University's Exercise Science Department and KU's Women in Medicine and Science committee.

In addition, the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology sponsored Dr. Michael Joyner from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., through the J. Hambleton Abrahams Lectureship in Physiology Endowment.

In recognition of this important community health effort, Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed May as Exercise Is Medicine month.

DPT Student Awarded Scholarship

The Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Training Program has awarded DPT student, Sara Karcher, a scholarship for the summer research training program. Sara will spend the summer in the REACH lab learning about the various facets of research. We are excited to have her in the lab. More

Join KU Database of Fitness Levels

Interested in knowing your body composition and/or fitness level? See how you can be a part of the FitHAWKS (Fitness, Health Assessment and Wellness in Kansas) Database. The goal of the FitHAWKS Database is to learn about the fitness levels of people living in Kansas and Missouri. Details

REACH Lab Member Wins at Student Research Forum

Congratulations to REACH lab member, DPT/PhD student, Angela Lentz: At the 2012 KU Medical Center Student Research Forum, Lentz won first place in the Clinical Science I for her platform presentation,Recumbent Stepper Submaximal Exercise Test to Predict Peak Oxygen Uptake. Lentz's session was also selected as the top presentation in the School of Health Professions.

Archived announcements and activities 

Pair from REACH Lab Team Receive KPTA Awards

Doctor of Physical Therapy students Gabe Harter and Eileen Coughenour were selected by the KPTA research committee to receive the 2012 KPTA Scientific Inquiry Award for best platform presentation. Harter and Coughenour, conducting research in the REACH Lab, were recognized for their abstract, "Benefits of aerobic exercise on cardiovascular and physical function in sub-acute stroke."

Predoctoral Award Granted to REACH Lab Member

Congratulations to our newest REACH lab member, Anna Mattlage. Mattlage was selected to receive a NIH T32 predoctoral award (Nudo, PI) in the Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Training Program. Her project could have a significant impact on the therapeutic effects of exercise in clinical practice, rehabilitation research, and improve quality of life for the survivors of stroke. More

Frontiers Awards Pilot Grant

Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research has awarded more than $1 million in pilot study and training grants to investigators from KUMC and partnering institutions. Dr. Sandra Billinger was one of 70 applicants to receive the Frontier's pilot grant.

KU Researcher Receives NIH Research Grant

Under the tutelage of an expert mentoring team lead by Randolph Nudo, PhD, director of the Landon Center on Aging, Sandra Billinger will explore how stroke affects vascular function over a 6-month period and the role of exercise intervention during in-patient stroke rehabilitation. Press Release

KU Student Receives Award

DPT/PhD student, Angela Lentz, receives 2011 American Heart Association Scholarship in Cerebrovascular Disesase and Stroke

Grant Awarded to KU Researcher by APTA

Sandra Billinger received a grant from the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association for her project, "Aerobic exercise, cardiovascular regulation and metabolic efficiency during in-patient stroke rehabilitation."

Billinger to Assist APTA Neurology Section

Sandra Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA, has been selected to participate in the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Neurology Section Strategic Planning Meeting. At the end of April, Billinger will travel to Alexandria, Va., to help the APTA in their efforts to advance neurologic physical therapy research. While there, she will assist in the development of a full-scale strategic plan as well as a comprehensive implementation strategy.

New Ultrasound in REACH Lab

REACH ultrasound equipment

The REACH laboratory is now equipped with a new Siemens Sequoia ultrasound with a 9MHz linear array transducer. This advanced piece of equipment is primarily used for the non-invasive assessment of blood vessel wall properties and blood flow during resting and reactive hyperemic states.

Billinger's Trip to Nova Scotia in APTA's News

Sandra Billinger was one of only 4 Americans and the only physical therapist from the United States invited to join a Canadian workshop tasked with developing poststroke exercise guidelines. Read the article at apta.org. PT in Motion: News Now (formerly PT Bulletin Online) is published weekly by the American Physical Therapy Association.

National Appointment for SAH Researcher

Sandra Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA, has been appointed to serve on the American Heart Association's Stroke Rehabilitation, Prevention and Recovery Committee. A research assistant professor in the KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Billinger studies the cardiovascular and pulmonary adaptations to chronic disease in the REACH laboratory.

Exercise is Medicine Conference

Exercise is Medicine (photo)

Fitness experts, health care professionals and members of the local community joined KU in raising awareness of the importance of physical activity by hosting the Exercise is Medicine conference May 14. The event, which featured internationally known speakers, also recognized KU's efforts to promote this cause across the state with the declaration of May as Exercise is Medicine month by Gov. Parkinson. Press Release

Clinical Pilot

March 2010: Sandra Billinger receives 2010-2011 Clinical Pilot Award by KU Medical Center's Research Institute. This grant will examine the effects of aerobic exercise on cardiovascular function in people with sub-acute stroke.

APTA Honors KU Researcher

Sandra A. Billinger, PT, PhD, received the 2009 Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Established in 1969, the award recognizes a student member of the APTA whose experimental investigation is published in the academic journal Physical Therapy.


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green speaker/audio iconBillinger lended her expertise on a podcast titled "Regular Walking Breaks Prevent the Decline in Cerebral Blood Flow Associated with Prolonged Sitting." Listen

Billinger was featured on a podcast discussing her paper published in Journal of Applied Physiology titled "Dynamics of Middle Cerebral Artery Blood Flow Velocity During Moderate Intensity Exercise." Listen


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Interested in internship opportunities? Please contact Dr. Billinger directly.

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