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November 2016
Shanti Pinto, MD, Brain Injury Medicine Fellow, will receive the Association of Academic Physiatrists' Best Paper Award for “Cost-Efficacy Analysis of Routine Venous Doppler Ultrasound for Diagnosis of Deep Venous Thrombosis at Admission to Inpatient Rehabilitation.” The award recognizes and seeks to encourage young researchers, while strengthening all investigation in the field of PM&R



Joshua Rothenberg, DO, Sports Medicine Fellow, has been awarded the McLean Outstanding Fellow Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The award recognizes an AAP member Fellow for outstanding academic performance in academic leadership, teaching and education, and research. Dr. Rothenberg will receive the award during the AAP Annual Meeting in February 2017.

October 2016
President Barack Obama on Thursday, October 13, shook hands and fist bumped with Nathan Copeland who was using a mind-controlled robotic arm. "Today he can move that arm just by thinking about it. He can once again feel the touch of another person," said Obama, commenting on groundbreaking research from the department of PM&R.

July 2016
The Outstanding Council Service Award was created in 2010 to recognize service and volunteerism of members who contribute to the success of the Academy in fulfilling its mission and serving its membership in ways not limited to research, education, and product development. Dr. Houtrow is nationally known for her advocacy of children with disabilities and their families and working to improve healthcare delivery to this vulnerable population.

February 2016
Michael Boninger, MD is named the 2016 Distinguished Academician by the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP).

Tracy Knippel, MD, 3rd year resident is awarded the AAP Electrode Store Best Paper for "Ten year trends in pediatric inpatient rehabilitation: predicting length of stay and rehabilitation outcomes using WeeFIM data."

November 2015
Corina Bondi, PhD was awarded a Young Investigator Travel Bursary to attend the 22nd World Congress of Neurology, in Santiago, Chile. Her work entitled “A combined regimen of preclinical neurorehabilitation and antidepressant treatment restores executive function after experimental neurological injury” was also selected as an oral presentation in the Neurorehabilitation section.

October 2015
Anthony Kline, PhD, received the Distinguished Mentor Award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience(FUN) International Organization in recognition of significant contributions as a mentor for young neuroscientists

 

September 2015
On September 12 the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins sled hockey team took to the ice to celebrate the opening of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. The event raised money for the Mighty Penguins’ organization to continue funding this competitive sport and the people with disabilities who compete in it.

 



“Federal assistance programs for children with mental health disabilities are likely being underutilized when they could help cover the costs to improve the health and wellbeing of the child and family,” said Dr. Amy Houtrow, who served on the committee that authored the report. “It appears that more kids could benefit from available funding, and the medical community could help eligible families become aware of the benefits and how to apply.”

A free PDF of "Mental Disorders and Disabilities Among Low-Income Children", is available from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

 

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