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Third year students in the Health Promotion for Physical Therapists course participated in community projects promoting health and wellness during the fall of 2012. These projects included:

Falls risk screening in Washington, NC – Patrick Dameron, Kristen Lattimore (Dr. Leslie Allison, mentor)

Prepare an educational video on transfers for volunteers helping with ECU's Adaptive Sports and Wellness Day – Melissa DeCarlo, Brittany Dickens, Paul Kline (Dr. Sue Leach, mentor)

Screening for female soccer players as a method of injury prevention – Hannah Bendahmane, Eric Bourgeois, Brian Lawton, Zach Long (Dr. Alex Durland, Kevin Youngs, mentors)

Clinic for the ECU Housekeeping Staff and Facilities Staff focusing on ergonomics, lifting mechanics and back injury prevention – Erin Ackland, Bethany Foster, Polly Martin, Lora Smith, Michelle Spencer (Dr. Sarah Johnson, Dr. Jacob Thorp, mentors)

Participate in organization of Alzheimer's NC - Washington-Beaufort County Walk  and in the event's Educational Fair providing information regarding non-pharmaceutical approaches, such as exercise, to combat cognitive decline associated with AD – Brittany Cutts, Hannah Fisher, Amanda Roberts (Dr. Sonja Bareiss, mentor)

Organization of a free clinic for low-income populations – Kathryn Bales, Jessica Thompson, Kathryn Vick, Emily Williams (Dr. Alex Durland, mentor)

Screening for high school baseball players as a method of injury prevention – Renae Estes, Jessica Foster, Michael Gore, Thomas Thornton (Kevin Youngs, mentor)

Set up indoor walking courses and stretching stations on ECU's Health Sciences Building – Jennifer Edwards, Brittany Fowler, Kelsey Romoser, Janelle Warner (Dr. Amy Gross-McMillan, mentor).




NCPTA Conference 2012 Kathryn vick and Allison

DPT students participate in poster presentation at Fall meeting

Nineteen of the 3rd year ECU DPT students attended the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association meeting in Greensboro, NC October 11-13, 2012.  Of the 17 student research posters presented at the meeting, nine were presented by ECU DPT students!  One of those posters, presented by Kathryn Vick, (pictured at left with Dr. Leslie Allison) received 2nd place in student poster competition.  See list of posters (with DPT students in bold, faculty mentors in italics) below.  Congratulations to Ms. Vick, as well as to our winning Quiz Bowl team (Erin Ackland, Brittany Cutts, Hannah Fisher, Lora Smith, and Emily Williams)!

THE EFFECTS OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ON SKELETAL MUSCLE AND ITS RESPONSE TO EXERCISE - Kristen Lattimore, Jessica Foster, Shelley Burgess, Alison Sloan, Sonja K. Bareiss, Terry E. Jones

SKELETAL MUSCLE MITOCHONDRIA WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: A FIRST LOOK - Polly Martin, Shelley Burgess, Alison Sloan, Sonja K. Bareiss, Terry E. Jones

THE ASSOCIATION OF KNEE EXTENSION POWER WITH CHAIR RISE PERFORMANCE AT VARIED KNEE ANGLES - Kathryn Vick, Leslie Allison, John Willson, Brittany Greenwell, Ali Omahen

THE PREDICTIVE VALIDITY OF THE SWAY SLED® AS A MEASURE OF FALL RISK IN COMMUNITY-DWELLING OLDER FEMALES  - Brittany Dickens, Brittany Fowler, Leslie Allison, Noelle Jones, Courtney Ross

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN FRONTAL PLANE EXCURSION AT THE KNEE DURING A SINGLE LEG LANDING – Hannah Bendahmane, Kelsey Waggoner, Eric Bourgeois, Jessie Thompson, DS Williams, WL Jenkins

COMPARISON OF PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS REFERRED FOR DIFFERENT TREATMENTS IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC PAIN - Hannah Fisher, Lora Smith, Jacob Thorp, C Ervin Davis, Brandon Kyle, Qiang Wu

A NOVEL THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION FOR THE TREATMENT OF SPINAL CORD INJURY PAIN - Renae Estes, Angela Korleski, Kori L. Brewer., Sonja K. Bareiss

INTRATHECAL DELIVERY OF A NOVEL THERAPEUTIC FOR THE TREATMENT OF SPINAL CORD INJURY PAIN - Emily Williams, Shelley Burgess, Kori L. Brewer, Sonja K. Bareiss

MAGNETIC RESONANCE ANALYSIS OF INTRINSIC FOOT MUSCULATURE DURING RUNNING IN SHOD AND BAREFOOT CONDITIONS – Paul Kline, Brian Wurzinger, Richard Segal, C Steinbaker, Olivia Ratcliff, DS Blaise Williams

 

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2011-2012 Faculty News and Activities

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


Willson, John DPT

John Willson, PT, PhD, Associate Professor, has joined the faculty of East Carolina University in the Department of Physical Therapy. 

John received a BS in biology from University of Minnesota, a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a PhD in biomechanics and movement science from the University of Delaware.   His research is focused on identifying factors that contribute to both acute and overuse knee injuries associated with running and other physical activities. 

In his new position he will serve as director of the Human Movement Analysis Laboratory.  He and his wife Kate are the proud parents of a 1 year-old boy, Jacob.

August 2012