REACH Lab announcements and activities

New research by Billinger's REACH lab team suggests that greater emphasis should be placed on increasing physical activity during a patient's hospital stay following an acute stroke. Their findings were reported in the July issue of the Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy. Read story

Sandra Billinger authored a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association on the importance of exercise in recovery from stroke. Read

Billinger Receives 2014 APTA Outstanding New Faculty Award
The American Physical Therapy Association named assistant professor Sandra Billinger, director of the Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) Laboratory, the organization's 2014 Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Faculty Member. The award recognizes a new faculty member who is pursuing a career as an academician while demonstrating excellence in teaching and research. Read

Chancellor's Report 2014

The Walk Across Kansas effort was featured in the recently published Chancellor's Report 2014.

Billinger leads Stroke Walk in KC
Assistant Professor Sandy Billinger, PT, Ph.D., FAHA, who completed the 570-mile Walk Across Kansas this summer with her son to raise awareness about stroke, led a walk for stroke survivors on Sept. 7 at Theis Park in Kansas City, Mo. The director of the REACH Laboratory, Billinger will also be the guest of honor at The Stroke Walk sponsored by the American Stroke Foundation. Money raised by the event will benefit the American Stroke Foundation. The walk is open to both stroke victims and non-stroke victims. More information/donate

KU Researcher on NPR
Sandy Billinger, PT, Ph.D., joined several area experts to discuss heat-related health issues during the summer months on NPR's "Up to Date" with Steve Kraske, July 24. Listen

Walk Across Kansas journey ends

Sandy Billinger, PT, Ph.D., and her son, Michael, completed their 23-day, 570-mile journey across Kansas on June 7 and raised more than $20,000 to benefit stroke research! • PhotosVideo

Michael and Sandy walking

On the Air: Billinger and her son appeared on KCUR 89.3 FM's Up to Date with Steve Kraske June 11. Listen

Golden Synapse Award recipients

Sandra Billinger was recently recognized by the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy for one of her published studies on stroke and cardiovascular health. She and lab team co-authors received the Golden Synapse Award which recognizes the most outstanding article published in the journal during the 2012 calendar year. Read

KU Researcher Appointed Vice Chair of AHA Stroke Committee (Sandy Billinger image)

June 27, 2012 – Sandra Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA, has been appointed vice chairperson of the American Heart Association's Rehabilitation and Recovery Committee. This committee is part of the Stroke Council, one of 16 scientific councils within the American Heart Association uniquely dedicated to advancing the science of stroke prevention, treatment and recovery through research and education.

An assistant professor in the KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Billinger has served on the committee for two years prior to her selection as vice chair. Rehabilitation and recovery from stroke is a rapidly growing area with increasing significance to community health. By promoting the science behind recovery, the committee will foster leadership and collaboration among clinicians and scientists in the field.

Billinger leads the Georgia Holland Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health laboratory located on the ground floor of the Hemenway Life Sciences building at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

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Research by the REACH lab team suggests that greater emphasis should be placed on increasing physical activity during a patient's hospital stay following an acute stroke –. reported in the Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy. Read story

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Sandra Billinger

Sandra A. Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA

KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science


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To contact the REACH lab or schedule an appointment, please call 913-945-6630 or send us an email.

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

REACH Laboratory is part of the Georgia Holland Research Laboratory