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Since 1979, the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) has funded promising physical therapy research. Thanks to years of support from donors like you, we were able to continue these investments in 2020.

A Note from Paul Rockar
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President, Foundation for Physical Therapy Research
For many in our community, 2020 brought change and challenges unlike anything we’ve seen before. As a profession and as individuals, we faced uncertainty that made it difficult to fully embrace our future.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) Board of Trustees took early action to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and the uncertain economic market. These actions meant cuts to originally planned research funding for the year and budget cuts. Despite these challenges, I am proud to tell you today that we were still able to fund new research in 2020.

It is thanks to years of support from donors like you. Your investments made it possible to continue sowing the seeds for the future. Your donations fund physical therapy research that will help the profession continue to grow to meet the ever-changing needs of our world.

As we move forward, we promise to continue to be good stewards of the investments you have made in research for years to come.

May you have good health and hope,

Transitions for 2019

Researchers were among the many in the physical therapy community affected by COVID-19. As FPTR began to make adjustments to minimize the financial impact of the pandemic, continuing our mission remained as important as ever.

Despite some cuts to funding, we were still able to award $832,500 in research grants, scholarships, and fellowships in 2020 thanks to years of support from our donors.

At the beginning of the health crisis, FPTR found that 80% of recent FPTR-funding recipients reported that their institutions were closed for research. As institutions and researchers were able to adapt, however, some researchers reported a silver lining, including the ability to reach new populations for study via telehealth.

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In February, FPTR announced an additional major investment in the Center on Health Services Training and Research. The additional $1.25 million effectively doubles the initial scope of the project.

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Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT, was appointed to the FPTR Board of Trustees, officially beginning his service at the beginning of 2021. Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, HonLLD(Otago) concluded his term at the end of 2020.

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Adele Myszenski, PT, MSPT
Henry Ford Hospital
$40,000 Acute Care Research Grant
“Characteristics and Impact of Physical Therapy for Hospitalized Adult Patients with COVID19: An Observational Retrospective Study”
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Kevin McLaughlin, PT, DPT
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
$70,000 Moffat Geriatric Physical Therapy Research Grant
“National Prevalence of Physical Therapy Frontloading and the Impact on Hospital Readmission and Physical Function Among Medicare Beneficiaries”
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Kristan Leech, PT, DPT, PhD
University of Southern California
$100,000 Magistro Family Foundation
Research Grant
“A Novel, Comprehensive Approach to Gait Rehabilitation Post-Stroke”
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Douglas Haladay, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS
University of South Florida
$40,000 Education Research Grant
“Development of a Novel Evidence Based Practice-specific Entrustable Professional Activity for Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Clinical Education”
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Marcie Harris-Hayes, PT, DPT
Washington University in St. Louis
2018 Paris Patla Musculoskeletal Grant
Funding Extended
In 2020 FPTR elected to extend an additional $120,000 for “Comparison of Movement Pattern Training and Manual Therapy for Pre-arthritic Hip Disorders (PAHD)”
2020 New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative (NIFTI)
The NIFTI supports postprofessional, doctorally prepared physical therapists as they begin their research careers.
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The $100,000 NIFTI was awarded to Adam J. Bittel, from Children’s National Medical Center. His fellowship will include research training entitled “Molecular Responses to Aerobic Exercise Training in a Murine Model of FSHD.”

Funding Overview
"A Challenge Like No Other"
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Student-Led Challenge Takes On New Look Amid Pandemic
The Marquette Challenge is the single largest fundraiser for the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. Each year, future PTs and PTAs from across the United States hold fundraisers in their communities and campuses to support research.

These meaningful gifts add up! Since 1989, students have raised more than $4.3 MILLION for research. In a typical year, the student-led Challenge accounts for 30% of FPTR's annual fundraising budget.

In 2020, FPTR made the difficult decision to not announce any top fundraising schools for the 2019-2020 Challenge. Funds raised during this period were rolled into school totals for the 2020-2021 fundraiser.

As students adapted to virtual classes and distanced clinicals, they also found new ways to support research. We extend our gratitude to the students for their creativity and perseverance in 2020. For more information, visit
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Thanks to donors like you and careful stewardship, we were able to continue making the Foundation stronger even in this difficult year. For a complete financial statement, follow the link below.


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A Note from Paul Rockar
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Colonel Dorothy (Dot) Pinkston, US Army Retired, PhD, was a longstanding donor and Legacy Society member of FPTR.
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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Noel Magistro, wife of founder and first chairman of FPTR, and longtime contributor.
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Longtime donors, Stuart H. Platt, PT, MSPT, and Kathy Platt support research through a donor advised fund (DAF), a tax-smart way to give.
The Foundation’s Legacy Society is a group of supporters who have left FPTR in their will or made estate plans that include a future gift.

Anonymous (13)
John and Rhonda Barr
Isabelle Bohman *
Nancy and Fred Byl
Susan C. Clinton
Kent and Merle Culley
Pamela A. Duffy
Joe and Edie Farrell
Edee Field-Fote
Jill A. Floberg
Marilyn Gerhard
Roger A. Herr
Bette C. Horstman
Loretta Knutson and Gary Soderberg
Carole B. Lewis
Theresa Marko
Irene R. McEwen
James and Ardis McKillip
Peter J. McMenamin
Susan L. Michlovitz
Ruth U. Mitchell *
Marilyn Moffat
Jacqueline Montgomery
Janet M. Peterson
Dorothy Pinkston *
Rick and Gwenn Rausch
Paul and Judith Rockar
Randy Roesch
Shawne Soper
Katherine A. Stemm
Steve Tepper and Linda Paferi
Brad A. Thuringer
Pat A. Traynor
Michael Weinper
Francis J. Welk
Steven and Lois Wolf

**As of May 11, 2021
The Magistro Society is FPTR's way to acknowledge couples or individuals whose combined personal, or cumulative annual giving total has reached $5,000 or more

Stuart and Catriona Binder-Macleod
The John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Family Foundation
Nancy and Fred Byl
John and Amy Childs
Barbara H. Connolly
Rebecca L. Craik
W. James Downs, Jr.
A. Joy Huss *
Cathy and Jeff Konkler
Magistro Family Foundation
Irene R. McEwen
Marilyn Moffat
Stanley Paris and Catherine E. Patla
William S. Quillen
Paul and Judith Rockar
St. John Family Foundation
Steven H. Tepper and Linda Paferi
Patricia A. Traynor
Marilyn J. Williams
Nancy L. Young

**As of May 11, 2021

American Physical Therapy Association

$50,000 - $99,999

Magistro Family Foundation

$25,000 - $49,999


$10,000 - $24,999

APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy
APTA Acute Care
Stuart and Catriona Binder-Macleod
The John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Family Foundation
Nancy and Fred Byl
California Physical Therapy Association
California Physical Therapy Fund
A. Joy Huss *
Cathy and Jeff Konkler
Irene R. McEwen
Marilyn Moffat
Marquette University
Private Practice Section
St. John Family Foundation
Steven H. Tepper and Linda Paferi
Tri W-G, Inc.
University of Colorado
University of Delaware
University of Pittsburgh
Virginia Commonwealth University
Marilyn J. Williams
Nancy L. Young

$5,000 - $9,999

Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
John and Amy Childs
Barbara H. Connolly
Rebecca L. Craik
W. James Downs, Jr.
Ohio Physical Therapy Association
Stanley Paris and Catherine E. Patla
William S. Quillen
Rehab Essentials
Paul and Judith Rockar
Shenandoah University
Patricia A. Traynor
$1,000 - $4,999

American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Stephen E. Anderson
APTA Academy of Education
Arcadia University
Linda E. Arslanian
Robert E. Ayers
Elaine Becker Sher
Claire E. Beekman
Andrea L. Behrman
Laurence N. Benz
Joan A. Bohmert
Bill and Jill Boissonnault
Drew G. Bossen
Terence C. Brown
Suzann K. Campbell
Monica A. Chase
Steven B. Chesbro
Lynn A. Colby
Michelle E. Collie
Jerome B. Connolly
Cool Springs Physical Therapy
Carolyn A. Crutchfield
Mark S. De Carlo
Anthony and Ronna Delitto
Thomas DiAngelis and Jeanine Gunn
Duke University Medical Center
Sharon L. Dunn
Emory University
Evidence in Motion, LLC
Joe and Edie Farrell
Helene and Tim Fearon
Martha J. Ferretti
Edelle C. Field-Fote
Bridgit A. Finley
Timothy W. and Susan C. Flynn
Stephen M. Foster
Julie M. Fritz
Jody S. Frost
John A. Gallucci
Marilyn Gerhard
Neva F. Greenwald
JoAnne K. Gronley
Ann C. Grove
$1,000 - $4,999 (cont.)

Marc Guillet
Laurita M. Hack and John C. Hershey
Mary Jane Harris
Kenneth J. Harwood and Ellen Costello-Harwood
Connie D. Hauser
Michael and Dolores Herbert
Susan J. Herdman
Roger A. Herr
Dwayne Hofstatter
Justin A. Hoover
Matthew and Nanette Hyland
Indiana Chapter, APTA
James and Patricia Irrgang
Gail M. Jensen
Alan M. Jette
Dianne and Darl Jewell
Wen K. Ling
Louisiana State Univ. Health Sciences Center in Shreveport
Kathleen K. Mairella
Charles L. Martin, Jr. and Carol Martin
Brian McCluskey
Peter J. McMenamin
Susan L. Michlovitz
Ruth Mitchell Estate Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
Justin Moore
Midwestern University - Downers Grove
Minnesota Chapter, APTA
Thomas G. Mulvey
New York University
Arthur J. Nitz
Terrence M. Nordstrom
Northwestern University
Shreedevi K. Pandya
Parker Laboratories, Inc.
Carolynn Patten
Janet M. Peterson
Stuart H. Platt
Elizabeth J. Protas
Richard W. Rausch
Regis University
Michael R. Riley
William L. Roberts
Jeff W. Ryg
Saint Louis University
Lisa K. Saladin
Timothy M. Schell
Margaret L. Schenkman
Sheila M. Schindler-Ivens
Beverly J. Schmoll
Lynn Snyder-Mackler
Somerset Community College
South Carolina Chapter, APTA
Neil I. Spielholz
The George Washington University
The University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Iowa
TMS Physical Therapy, P.C.
Herman L. Triezenberg and Elizabeth Mostrom
University of Central Arkansas
University of Miami
Mark L. Valente
Linda R. Van Dillen and Mark Meiners
Ann F. Van Sant
John G. Wallace, Jr.
Lori and Matthew K. Walsworth
Washington University in St. Louis
Margaret M. Weightman
Michael Weinper
Francis J. Welk
Beth Whitehead
Wingate University
Steven and Lois Wolf
$500 - $999
Susan A. Appling
Robert and Ann Baird
Thomas M. Barba
Robert C. Bartlett
Janet R. Bezner
Kathy J. Blair
Susan Bravard
Samuel M. Brown
Suzanne R. Brown
Barbara B. Butler
Tom and Joy Campanaro
Russell A. Certo
Paul L. Christensen
Jonathan M. Cooperman
Carolyn Cotter
Elizabeth A. Coulson
Donna J. Croce
James J. Dagostino
Deirdre Daley
Jake DeNell
J. Skye Donovan
Cynthia Driskell
Pamela A. Duffy
John C. Dugan
Sally C. Edelsberg
Julie A. Ellis and Tom Wagner
Samuel H. Esterson
Federal Physical Therapy Section
Jill A. Floberg
Eileen M. Fowler
Carl A. Gargiulo
Steven Z. George
Karl R. and Alice Gibson
Jay M. Goodfarb
Adam Gordon
James and Providencia Gordon
Steven T. Gough
Jennie K. Gregory
Susan R. Griffin
Andrew A. Guccione
Janet L. Gwyer
Bette Ann Harris
Marcie Harris-Hayes
Paul A. Hildreth
Cheri Hodges
Steven A. Hoffman
Keith Hudson
Kevin Hulsey
Michael P. Johnson
Suzanne Johnson
Victoria and William Kasserman
Richard S. Katz
Theodore J. Kepros
Gary Krasilovsky
Robert L. Lamb
Brian B. Lambert
Joseph V. Libera
George C. Louie
Tony Mack
Terry Malone
Judith Mann
Suzanne D. Martin
Patricia McAdoo
Joseph M. McCulloch
Alison L. McKenzie
Tsega A. Mehreteab
Marsha E. Melnick
Erica A. Meloe
John and Joyce Miller
Daniel Mills
Rodney A. Miyasaki
Rose Sgalat Myers
Nicolas and Carol Myrianthis
Joseph F. Norman
Barbara J. Norton
Carmen Cooper-Oguz
Chad Olivier
Jeffrey Ostrowski
Robert J. Palisano
Attilio S. Pensavalle
Roland J. Perreault
Physical Therapy Association of Washington
David W. Qualls
Nancy B. Reese
Linda J. Resnik
Jan and Robert Richardson
Ryan Robinson
Ruthann Roesch
Elaine R. Rosen
Robert H. Rowe
Sandra E. Rusnak-Smith
Shirley A. Sahrmann
Babette S. Sanders
Barbara Sanders
David A. Scalzitti
Martha J. Schram
Jay P. Schultz
Robert A. Sellin
Charles M. Shapiro
Richard W. Shutes
Melissa J. Simon
Mary C. Sinnott
Sue Ann Sisto
Emily J. Slaven
Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley
Carol M. Stillman
Blaine D. Stimac
Judith Stitley
Nicole L. Stout
Michael Strakal
Mike T. Studer
William C. Temes
Victoria S. T. Tilley
Kimberly S. Topp
Jessie M. Van Swearingen
Patrick J. VanBeveren
H. Philip and Becky Vierling
Michael D. Wah
R. Scott Ward
Nancy T. White
Holly H. Wise
Louise D. Yurko
James E. Zachazewski
Cynthia C. Zadai
$250 -$499
Karen D. Abramowitz
Sandra V. Abramson
Susan S. Adler
Janet Albanese
Gail A. Altekruse
Mark A. Anderson
APTA HPA The Catalyst
Joey L. Baker
Ann E. Barr-Gillespie
Michael W. Baskin
Karen E. Beernink
Edie K. Benner
Alison Berry
Robert J. Burger
Virginia A. Byrd
Angela A. Campbell
LeeAnne Carrothers
Kay Cerny
Zachary R. Christopherson
Rebecca L. Clearwater
Holly Clynch
Susan Collopy
J. Kyle Covington
Dean P. Currier
Jack Dabbert
Michael Davis
Sandra B. Davis
Anthony E. DiFilippo
Elizabeth A. Domholdt
Janet L. Downey
Pamela W. Duncan
James M. Dunleavy
Kim Dunleavy
Jamie J. Dyson
Gammon M. Earhart
Susan K. Effgen
Michael J. Emery
Debra L. Engel-Yakobishvili
Pauline W. Flesch
Doreen K. Frank
Donna Frownfelter
Scott H. Gelbs
Austin A. Gentry
Ann Giffin
Bernadette T. Gillick
Glenn H. Goldfinger
Ira Gorman
Nancy Gorman
Geraldine M. Grzybek
Kathleen A. Haddican
Jill E. Heitzman
Judy D. Hershberg
Peggy A. Hiller
G. Scott Hollier
Gregory S. Hullstrung
Christine Iverson
Donald E. Jackson
Anne B. Jacobs
Craig D. Johnson
Maryleen K. Jones
Shruti V. Joshi
Joanne S. Katz
Maureen K. Kavalar
M. Kathleen Kelly
Karen L. Kemmis
Colleen M. Kigin
Robert W. and Gloria A. Kilpatrick
Teresa J. Kimberely
Patricia King
Nancy R. Kirsch
Aimee B. Klein
Jerry and Judy Klug
Grace M. Knott
Danny P. Landry
Catherine S. Lane
Catherine E. Lang
Deborah S. Larsen
Diana Lassen
Alan C. W. Lee
Karen L. Lemmon
Pamela K. Levangie
Cornelia Lieb-Lundell
Venita and Benjamin Lovelace-Chandler
Paula M. Ludewig
Kathleen A. Luedtke-Hoffmann
Lorna V. Luketin
Peggy J. Lynam
Barbara Malm
Tara J. Manal
Carl J. and Kathleen K. Mangione
Victoria G. Marchese
Prudence Markos
Mary Baldwin University
Michael Masaracchio
Ivan T. Matsui, PT
Claire F. McCarthy
Alma Merians
MGH Institute of Health Professions
James C. Milder
Todd G. Miller
Scott and Mary Minor
Michael and Monica Mueller
Kirsten K. Ness
Sharon N. Nicholas
Sandra L. Norby
Eva Norman
Frank A. Nowak
Kenneth A. Olson
Angela W. Pennisi
David W. Perry
Christopher M. Powers
Paul D. Pursell
Miriam R. Rafferty
David N. Rakita
Amira E. Ranney
Sumita S. Rao, PT, DPT
Darcy S. Reisman
Richard C. Ritter
J. Robert Rodeghero, PT, DPT, MBA, PhD
Mark A. Romanick
M. Joanna Ross
John Rund, Jr., PT, MBA
$250 -$499 (cont.)

Gretchen B. Salsich
Jason and Kelly Sanders
Kip Schick
Susan Schiliro
Laurie D. Seckel
Richard L. Segal
Deborah H. Shefrin
Eran Shiloh
James M. Smith
Heather Smith Harvey
Amy T. Snyder
Vinod R. Sohini
Willes Sonnefield
Dennis Spillane
St. Ambrose University
William Staples
Susan M. Stefanon
Jill C. Stewart
Ellen Strunk
Wayne A. Stuberg
Susan L. Suria
Julie S. Swedarsky
Thomas Jefferson University
Peter and Linda Towne
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Samuel R. Ward
Selden D. Wasson
Paul Welk
Marian Westerhuis
Mary Ann Wharton
Pamela S. White
Gabriel E. Yankowitz
Sheree C. York
Catherine J. Zarosinski
Audrey R. Zucker-Levin