New Clinical Electrophysiology Fund

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (March 16, 2018)

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is pleased to announce the establishment of the Charlene Mae Nelson Endowment Fund through a generous $200,000 bequest by physical therapist Charlene “Billie” M. Nelson, PT, MA, FAPTA. The fund will provide doctoral scholarships to physical therapist researchers with priority given to those involved in Clinical Electrophysiology.

“This new fund offers us a path to further helping establish the next generation of physical therapist researchers interested in demonstrating the relevance of electrophysiology and wound management in physical therapy,” said Foundation President, Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. “We are extremely grateful for the scholarship opportunities that Billie’s planned gift will provide.”

The new endowment fund was announced during the Foundation’s annual Donor and Award Recipient Reception at the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans.

Billie was a founding member of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management and was the first woman to receive the Electrophysiology Clinical Specialist certification. She was an associate professor emerita in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Billie passed away on May 11, 2017 at the age of 86.

You can help fulfill Billie’s goal of funding the next generation of physical therapist researchers by making a gift in her honor. Visit: 

About the Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

Over the last 38 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 538 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $804 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation.

Contributions to the Foundation for Physical Therapy are tax-deductible and can be made online at or sent to its headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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