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Mike Reiman physical therapy facultyDr. Michael Reiman is at it again. Dr. Reiman is the most prolific physical therapist publisher in the area of musculoskeletal management of the hip. His two recent publications: Reiman MP, Mather RC 3rd, Cook CE. Physical examination tests for hip dysfunction and injury. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Mar;49(6):357-361, and Reiman MP, Thorborg K. Femoroacetabular impingement surgery: are we moving too fast and too far beyond the evidence? Br J Sports Med. 2015 Feb 12. pii: bjsports-2014-093821, join a chorus of others that have helped reshape how we look at FAI and hip management. Dr. Reiman’s FAI and hip-oriented publications average 12-14 cites per year!



Andrea Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Physical TherapyDr. Andrea Taylor receives three years of funding through the National Science Foundation.  Reconstructing feeding behavior and diet in our early ancestors is of central importance to studies of human evolution.   To shed new light on the ecological factors that led to distinctive evolutionary changes in human masticatory morphology, Dr. Taylor has been awarded a senior research grant from the National Science Foundation.  Collaborating with research scientists from Arizona State University, the University of Chicago, the University of Missouri and the American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Taylor will use computed tomography to obtain detailed information on the internal structure of the mandible in a comparative sample of living primates.  These data will be combined with comparative data on jaw-muscle fiber architecture and physiology to build finite element models to study how the mandibles of living primates perform under a variety of behaviors.  Dr. Taylor and her collaborators will travel to Africa to apply these same methods to the mandibles of human ancestors from Ethiopia and Kenya.  Their study promises to refine and advance knowledge of the mechanisms that shaped the evolution of our earliest ancestors.


Amy Pastva, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Physical TherapyMore evidence to support the very high level of the CAPSTONE projects and mentorship. Congrats to our third year students and Dr. Amy Pastva, for their research: Exercise protocols and patient-centered outcomes associated with pulmonary rehabilitation for lung transplant candidates:  A systematic review by Mollie Hope, SPT, Zainab Kothari, SPT, Monica Pamer, SPT, Jonathan Weinhold, SPT, Keenan Whitesides, SPT,  and Amy M. Pastva, PT, PhD. This research platform won the CSM2015 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Platform Award as well as the Student Research Award.  The group was invited to publish in the Section’s journal, but will be submitting to Phys Ther. Additional congrats to Dr. Adam Goode for his coordination of the Evidence Practice series.


105814_cook001Dr. Chad Cook appointed as Senior Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The British Journal of Sports Medicine has an impact factor of 4.34 and is the second highest rated sports-oriented journal in the world. Dr. Cook has been an editor or associate editor for 5 journals, having just recently stepped down as associate editor of Manual Therapy. Within this division, there are 3 editor-level faculty: Dr. Michel Landry (PRI), Dr. Jan Gwyer (JOPTE) and Dr. Cook (BJSM, J Physio, BMC Archives of Physio).

AAOS Headline News – Kappa Delta and OREF Awards Presented

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Olson and the Kappa Delta award winners, Farshid Guilak, PhD; Janet Huebner, MS; Bridgette Furman, BS; and Virginia Kraus, MD, PhD., for their research on posttraumatic arthritis (PTA). Dr. Olson and his colleagues were honored with the 2015 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughan Award presented at a ceremony in last week’s AAOS conference in Las Vegas.


Kappa Delta award winners from left to right: Farshid Guilak, PhD; Janet Huebner, MS; Bridgette Furman, BS; Steven A. Olson, MD; and Virginia Kraus, MD, PhD.

Detailed AAOS research article on PTA

The team was also recognized in This Week Orthopaedics (RYY Publications) as the AAOS Award Winning Paper Presented Stunning Conclusion:

Radiographs of experimentally created mouse tibial plateau fracture (left) and clinically observed human tibial plateau fracture (right). Reprinted with permission from Furman BD, Strand J, Hembree WC, Ward BD, Guilak F, Olson SA: Joint degeneration following closed intraarticular fracture in the mouse knee: A model of posttraumatic arthritis. J Orthop Res 2007;25:578–592

This year’s $20,000 Kappa Delta Sorority Award winning paper looked at the problem of post-traumatic arthritis of the knee in a new and novel way and may well have uncovered a remarkable new therapy or approach to preventing arthritis in knee trauma cases.


Dr. Steve Olson Featured for Advances in Arthritis Prevention

Dr. Steve OlsonDr. Steve Olson was featured 29-March in The Herald Sun for his research development of arthritis after a joint fracture. Dr. Olson and his research team received the highest honor for their research in orthopaedic surgery in Las Vegas, where they received the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research Society.

Read how this team developed the closed-joint experimental model of a knee fracture to study post-traumatic inflammation and the onset of osteoarthritis in mice.

The Herald Sun article