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Join Us for a Live Virtual Event: Stepping Stones Toward a Successful Research Career

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research invites you to attend Stepping Stones Toward a Successful Research Career on Dec. 15 at 2:30 pm ET. This webinar is open to all. Mentors supporting mentees seeking to submit award-winning applications are highly encouraged to attend.

Our guest speakers discuss the Promotion of Doctoral Studies, or PODS, Scholarship application process and key strategies on how to submit an outstanding application in pursuit of research funding and support opportunities. The webinar is hosted by FPTR Board of Trustee Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT.

Registration is free. RSVP Today!


Meet the Speakers

Chris Yun Lane, PT, DPT

Chris Yun Lane, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is working on examining disparities in health services outcomes for adults with anterior cruciate ligament injury. He was awarded a PODS II Scholarship in 2022 named in honor of the Marquette Challenge, a student-led fundraising effort to support the mission of FPTR.

Emma H. Beisheim-Ryan, PT, DPT, PhD

Emma Beisheim-Ryan, while at the University of Delaware, looked at body representation, pain evaluation, and functional outcomes for adults with lower-limb loss. Beisheim-Ryan was awarded a PODS II Scholarship in 2020 and PODS I Scholarship in 2019. She now is completing an Advanced Geriatrics fellowship as part of the RESTORE team at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and VA Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center.

Julia Mazzarella, PT, DPT

The first combined PODS II/NIFTI award was given in 2021 to Julia Mazzarella, PT, DPT, The Ohio State University, for her project titled, “Hippotherapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy: Upper Extremity Activity, Participation, and Engagement.” This project, also serving as her PhD dissertation, is a pilot randomized controlled clinical trial on hippotherapy, using equine movement in physical therapy to improve upper extremity function in children with cerebral palsy.



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