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University of Iowa News Release

April 6, 2006

Photo: Richard K. Shields, Ph.D., professor and director of graduate studies in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

Shields Honored By Physical Therapy Association

Richard K. Shields, Ph.D., professor and director of graduate studies in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

The Worthingham fellowship, the highest honor given by the APTA, recognizes lasting and significant advances in the science, education and practice of physical therapy.

Shields directs the Ph.D. program in rehabilitation science and leads the Neuromuscular Research/Motor Control Laboratory. His research advances the knowledge, management and care of individuals with spinal cord injury. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Christopher Reeve Foundation, Spinal Cord Research Foundation and the Foundation for Physical Therapy fund his laboratory.

Shields will be recognized at the APTA national conference in June in Orlando, Fla.

The APTA is a national professional organization representing more than 66,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research and education.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu; Writer: Andrea Schreiber