ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 04, 2017) – The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research is pleased to announce that longtime donors, Dr. Nancy E. Byl, PT, Phd, FAPTA and her husband Fred, Byl, MD of Reno, NV have made a $25,000 donation directed to the Foundation’s Magistro Family Endowment Fund. This donation will help support research investigating innovative therapeutic interventions with the practice of rehabilitation.

“I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to the profession,” said Dr. Byl. “Since becoming a physical therapist, I have been driven to discover more evidence to support the science of physical therapy. I am honored to have been mentored by Charles and this gift, made in his memory, will allow the Foundation to continue supporting innovative physical therapy research.”

Dr. Byl is currently an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of California, San Francisco. Due to her ongoing support of the Foundation, Nancy is set to receive the 2017 Charles M. Magistro Distinguished Service Award during APTA’s NEXT Conference and Exhibition in Boston. This award is presented annually to individuals for outstanding service and commitment towards promoting the Foundation’s goals.

“We are deeply appreciative of Nancy and Fred’s ongoing generosity and are grateful for their commitment to the Foundation. Their generous gift will continue to help expand funding available to support the annual Magistro Family Research Grant,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA.

The Magistro Family Endowment Fund was established by the founder and first chair of the Foundation, Charles M. Magistro and his family in 2005, to support researchers that are evaluating the effectiveness of interventions most commonly delivered and/or research that develops and evaluates innovative interventions.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization to fund physical therapy research to optimize health and movement. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships and scholarships. Many of today’s leading physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with this support. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to secure more than $824 million in follow-on funding.

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