Batra, Lentz & Robison Win NMPT Symposium Awards

NMPT symposium poster presenters. Rehabilitation Science PhD students pictured, Brendan Doyle, Michael Sunshine, Raele Robison, Lauren Tabor, and Mia Kelly

Rehabilitation Science PhD students, Abhinandan Batra, Trevor Lentz, and Raele Robison, won three of the five Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium pre-doctoral travel awards. The annual event is sponsored by the T32 Neuromuscular Plasticity Training Program (NMPT) directed by Krista Vandenborne, PT, PhD, and co-directors Barry Byrne, MD, PhD and David Fuller, PhD. The program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2003 to help build a critical mass of well-trained scientists prepared to conduct innovative rehabilitation research. The NMPT symposium features three plenary lectures from experts in the field of neuromuscular plasticity and rehabilitation in addition to a poster session.

Abhi, Trevor, and Raele were recognized for their outstanding and diverse research related to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, musculoskeletal pain, and respiratory training.

Rehabilitation Science PhD student, Abhi Batra, accepts award (L to R) PHHP Dean Dr. Michael Perri, Batra, NMPT Program Director Dr. Krista Vandenborne, NMPT co-director and Rehabilitation Science Program Director, Dr. Dave Fuller

Abhinandan Batra
Cardiac MRI to assess Myocardial Involvement in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Mentor: Dr. Krista Vandenborne

Rehabilitation Science PhD student, Trevor Lentz presents his poster

Trevor Lentz
Risk Model Development for Additional Healthcare Use Following an Episode of Physical Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain
Mentor: Dr. Steven George

Rehabilitation Science PhD student, Raele Robison, presents her poster to judge and symposium speaker, Dr. Craig McDonald

Raele Robison
Combined Inspiratory and Expiratory Respiratory Training Program Improves Pulmonary, Airway Defense and Lingual Physiologic Reserve in an Individual with C9or72 ALS
Mentor: Dr. Emily Plowman

In addition, more than half of the Rehabilitation Science PhD students presented posters at the NMPT Symposium.

Umar Alabasi
MRI quantification of Intramuscular Fat in Arm Muscles in Boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Mentor: Dr. Krista Vandenborne

Harneet Arora
MR measures correlate with functional ability in the upper extremity of boys with DMD
Mentor: Dr. Krista Vandenborne

Caitlin Banks
EMG Normalization Differentiates Co-Contraction During Walking Post-Stroke
Mentor: Dr. Carolynn Patten

Alison Barnard
The Effects of Failed Muscle Regeneration on Trunk and Respiratory Muscle Composition and Function in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Mentor: Dr. Krista Vandenborne

Katie Butera
Sex comparisons of strength, disability, and pain following an exercise-induced shoulder muscle injury
Mentors: Dr. Emily Fox and Dr. Steven George

Sudeshna Chatterjee
Sympathetic nervous system activity can objectively quantify the perceived challenge of walking tasks in stroke survivors
Mentor: Dr. David Clark

Qian Ding
Non-paretic limb exercise to task-failure produces sustained modulation of ipsilesional hemisphere circuits and paretic hand function post-stroke
Mentor: Dr. Carolynn Patten

Brendan Doyle
Comparison of treatment efficacy in the hypoglossal motor system of AAV-DES-coGAA and novel vector AAV-DES-IGFIIcoGAA in Gaa-/- mice
Mentor: Dr. David Fuller

Kelly Hawkins
Backward walking impairments in post-stroke community ambulators
Mentor: Dr. Emily Fox

Mia Kelly
Impact of “high dose” Intermittent Hypoxia on Respiratory Motor Function after Cervical Spinal Injury
Mentor: Dr. Gordon Mitchell

Elaheh Sajjadi
Is the surface EMG a good representative of the voluntary neural drive?
Mentor: Dr. Gordon Mitchell

Michael Sunshine
Intraspinal activation of respiratory muscles depends on phase of respiratory cycle
Mentor: Dr. David Fuller

Tommy Sutor
Locomotor-Respiratory Coupling During Walking in Adults with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Mentor: Dr. Emily Fox

Lauren Tabor
Mechanisms of Airway Invasion in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Mentor: Dr. Emily Plowman

We congratulate all our students on their outstanding work!