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Department of Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy News Archive 2011
 

Faculty News

As part of the Health Promotions course taught by Dr. Terry Jones, students in the Department of Physical Therapy performed community service activities during the fall semester 2011.  These projects included:

Tiffany Fletcher and Leah Hollar (Dr. Sue Leach) shared information on "Again with a Disability" at the ECU Adaptive Recreation and Wellness Day on October 15th.  

Martha Gwaltney, Brooke Lampron, Molly Pleasants and Melissa Wood (Dr. Sonja Bareiss) developed a brochure and discussed the use of exercise as a non-pharmaceutical treatment approach to combat age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease at Washington/Beaufort County Alzheimer's NC Walk and Education Fair held on October 15, 2011.

Brooke Rice, Elisha Yost, and Ryan Shoaf (Dr. Sarah Johnson) provided free Physical Therapy screenings to prevent low back pain and work related back injuries to ECU Housekeeping Staff during the fall 2011.  

Courtney Stearn, Brittany Matthews and Jessica Tripp (Dr. Leslie Allison) performed a Fall Risk Screening event on Oct. 28th in Washington, NC in association with Beaufort Hospital/Lifestyles Fitness/Wellness Center.  

Students in the Department of Physical Therapy presented posters at the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association's Fall Meeting in Greensboro, NC on October 22.  

Martha Gwaltney SPT, Kori Brewer Ph.D., Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D., Sensory sprouting after spinal cord injury: a role GSK-3βP in spinal cord injury pain.

Brooke Lampron SPT, Elizabeth Dugan Ph.D., Kori L. Brewer Ph.D2, Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D1 Changes in GSK-3βP and nociceptive expression following spinal cord injury and implications for sensory dysesthesias.

Brittany Matthews (Dr. Terry Jones), Skeletal muscle vitamin D receptor expression with aging and exercise  

Molly Pleasants SPT, Kori L. Brewer, Ph.D., Shelley Burgess, Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D. 1, Spinal cord injury pain is associated with changes in nociceptive expression and altered glycogen synthase kinace-3β activity in the spinal cord. 

Ryan Shoaf and Melissa van der Linde (Dr. Leslie Allison),"The reliability and validity of the Sway Sled; a new clinical measure of stability limits." (1st place)  

Courtney Stearn (Dr. Terry Jones), Effects of a high-fat diet and muscle contraction on the expression of the glucose transporter in skeletal muscle (3rd place tie)

Melissa Wood – The effects of chronic pain on skeletal muscle and its response to exercise (3rd place tie)

Jeanne Graf (Dr. Walter Jenkins), Effect of Isolated hip abductor fatigue and foot orthotic devices on frontal plane knee motion during a single leg landing

 
 

NCPTA Research Award Ceremony

Photos From the NCPTA Research Award Ceremony 2011

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PT Pirates Span Four Decades

PT Pirates

From the class of 1977 to the class of 2006, four decades of ECU alumni work together at the Carolinas Medical Center, a 1,000+ bed level one trauma center and teaching hospital in Charlotte. Pictured left to right, the Pirate physical therapists, in the back row, are Emily Murray, class of 2000; Leslie Glenn, '98; Cassandra McLeod, '87; Sherry Troutmam, '77; and, in front, Latasha Ruffin, '06.


 

ECU Neuroscience Symposium at the ECU Heart Center, November 1, 2011

Martha Gwaltney SPT1, Kori L. Brewer Ph.D.2, Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D.1A Role for GSK-3 in the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury Pain. 1Departments of Physical Therapy and 2Emergency Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Brooke Lampron SPT1, Elizabeth Dugan Ph.D.2, Kori L. Brewer Ph.D2, Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D1Alteration in GSK-3P and Nociceptive Expression Following Excitotoxic Spinal Cord Injury. 1Departments of Physical Therapy and 2Emergency Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Molly Pleasants SPT1, Kori L. Brewer, Ph.D.2, Shelley Burgess1, Sonja K. Bareiss PT, Ph.D.1, Altered Expression of Glycogen Synthase Kinase3β In The Dorsal Column Of The Spinal Cord Is Associated With Dysesthesias and Neuropathic Pain Following Excitotoxic Spinal Cord Injury 1Department of Physical Therapy and 2Emergency Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Faculty Presentations

Dr. Walter L. Jenkins, "Foot Orthotic Device: An Update" to the Iccus Society on July 5, 2011 in San Diego, CA.  

Lawrance SE, Killian CB, Rundquist PJ, Jenkins WL, Development and reliability of a knee symmetry evaluation instrument. Indiana Physical Therapy Association fall meeting, October 8, 2011  

Dr. Blaise Williams, Lower Quarter Dysfunction Case Study, , APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section, Team Concept Conference, Las Vegas, NV, December 2, 2011  

Scapular Assessment and Treatment, APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section, Team Concept Conference, Las Vegas, NV, December 2, 2011  

Dr. Sue Leach, "Divided-attention responses in older vs. younger adults following training with multi-directional stepping or endurance and leg strengthening", at the International Council of Active Aging Conference, Orlando, FL, December 2, 2011   

Dr. Blaise Williams and Dr. Walter L. Jenkins, Clinical Assessment of Running, APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section, Team Concept Conference, Las Vegas, NV, December 3, 2011  

Dr. Blaise Williams, Post-Operative Management of Ankle Instability, APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section, Team Concept Conference, Las Vegas, NV, December 3, 2011  

S.K. Bareiss1, K. Hernandez1, T. Lee1, B. Whitfield2, and K.L. Brewer2 Primary afferent sprouting after spinal cord injury correlates with sensory abnormalities and changes in glycogen synthase kinase-3 activity. Departments of Physical Therapy and Emergency Medicine, College of Allied Health Sciences2and Brody School of Medicine2, November 14, 2011

Dr. Walter L. Jenkins, Clinical Evaluation of Ankle Instability. APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section, Team Concept Conference, Las Vegas, NV, December 3, 2011

 
 

ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week

The Department of Physical Therapy had the following student presentations at the ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week in April 2011: 

Dr. Sonja Bareiss

Tiffany Lee:"Peripheral Nociceptive Sprouting After Spinal Cord Injury Correlates With Pain Behaviors" (undergraduate student – poster presentation)  

Andrew McGowan:"Sensory dysfunction following spinal cord injury is associated with changes in glycogen synthase kinase-3b activity" (undergraduate student - oral presentation)  

Dr. Walter Jenkins

Jeannie Graf: "The between gender effect of foot orthotic devices on lower extremity coupling when landing from a jump" (graduate student – poster presentation)  

Dr. Terry Jones

Brittany Rice:"Transcriptional regulation of skeletal muscle GLUT4 by elevated long chain fatty acids" (graduate student – poster presentation) *Category Winner for the Research and Creative Activity Week  

Dr. Sue Leach

Trudy Bundy:  "Effect of a Divided-Attention Timed Stepping Accuracy Task on balance in healthy young and healthy old adults" (graduate student – poster presentation)  

Samantha Moore:  "Divided-attention responses in older vs. younger adults following training with multi-directional stepping or endurance & leg strengthening" (graduate student – poster presentation)  

Katie Schendt:  "Strength vs. endurance changes in healthy older adults versus healthy younger adults after six weeks using different training programs "(graduate student – poster presentation)  

Dr. Blaise Williams

FJ Goodwin:"Changes in running velocity result in changes in negative and positive lower extremity joint work" (graduate student – poster presentation)  

Lee Welch:"Effects of six-week static and dynamic stretching programs on hamstring flexibility and lower extremity biomechanics" (graduate student – poster presentation)  

Olivia Ratcliff: "The effects of velocity change on lower extremity work during the stance phase of running" (undergraduate student – poster presentation)