WRITER: LINDSAY RUNYAN
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: June 26, 2001
Two UI students receive Foundation for Physical Therapy
Two University of Iowa students have received scholarships
from the Foundation for Physical Therapy through its 2001 Doctoral Opportunities
for Clinicians and Scholars program.
Laura Frey Law, a student in the physical rehabilitation
doctorate program, and Barbara Quaney, a doctoral student in exercise science,
received Promotion of Doctoral Studies scholarships.
A 1990 graduate of the UI College of Engineering, Law
went on to receive a master's degree in physical therapy from the UI in 1993
and a master's degree in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1994.
She returned to the UI to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy to prepare
her for a research career.
"My goals are to further study changes in joint mechanics
caused by injury, fatigue and pain, and then one day be able to determine
which physical therapy interventions are most effective for shoulder rehabilitation,"
Law's plans for her $7,500 scholarship include purchasing
updated software for an electromagnetic 3-D imaging system in the lab.
"I am so excited to get external funding that validates
what I am doing," Law said.
Quaney graduated from the University of Kansas in 1989
with a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy. She worked as a clinician
in several states before coming to the UI to receive a master's degree in
physical therapy. In 1998, she enrolled in the exercise science doctorate
program, and she anticipates completing her degree in 2002.
"I am deeply honored to have been selected for the doctoral
scholarship," Quaney said. "I am also very appreciative and grateful to the
Foundation for Physical Therapy for making this award possible for graduate
Quaney will use her $15,000 scholarship to support her
final year of doctoral study. Her dissertation topic is memory systems underlying
the anticipatory programming of grasping.
"I am proud of the physical
therapy community for their financial commitment to basic science and clinical
research," Quaney said.
The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in
1979 as a national, independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to the ultimate
goal of improving the quality and delivery of patient care. The foundation
accomplishes this goal by providing support for scientifically based and clinically
relevant physical therapy research.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.