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8/26/2016
Faculty, staff, and students unite from all four colleges of USF Health to celebrate the grand opening of phase 2 of the Student Services Center, known as the WELL. The WELL’s opening debut occurred during the spring of 2014 and was built with the foundation to include shared student success, inter … [read more]
8/17/2016
To all Tampa Bay Physical Therapist, Please join us at the August Orthopaedic Residency Journal Club on Wednesday, August 31st from 5:15 – 6:45 pm.  This month’s topic is the Hip region.  We will be discussing the following articles: Lequense M et al:  Gluteal Tendinopathy in Refractory Greater Tro … [read more]
8/9/2016
The Class of 2016 graduated with the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at the USF commencement that took place on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Sun Dome on the Tampa campus.  Congratulations to our graduates! [read more]
8/1/2016
Dr. William Quillen, Senior Associate Dean, Morsani College of Medicine and Director, USF Health School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences has been appointed by VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Di … [read more]
7/27/2016
SPTRS faculty member and Coordinator of Clinical Education, Dr. Gina Maria Musolino, was invited to join the 2016-2017 Class of the University of South Florida System’s Professional Development in Higher Education Leadership program.  Her selection was based upon consideration of her academic crede … [read more]
7/7/2016
SPTRS Pharmacology Professor, Dr. Lynn Wecker, was appointed an Executive Editor of Pharmacology & Therapeutics (P&T).  This journal, which is published by Elsevier, is highly respected in the field with an impact factor of 11. Dr. Wecker will be 1 of 5 executive editors with the others fro … [read more]
7/7/2016
Dr. William Quillen, Senior Associate Dean, Morsani College of Medicine and Director, USF Health School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences has been appointed as an Education Section representative to the American Physical Therapy Association’s Joint Educational Partnership Steering C … [read more]
6/27/2016
The National Academies of Practice (NAP) announced the election of Dr. Dolly (Laura Lee) Swisher, PT, M.Div., Ph.D., of Tampa, FL as a Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow.  Dr. Swisher was inducted at a gala membership banquet on April 9, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 1981, NAP is an interd … [read more]

 


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Dr. Mayer Awarded $1.3M FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant

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Dr. John Mayer, Lincoln Endowed Chair of Biomechanical & Chiropractic Research and Coordinator of Research for the USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences (SPTRS), has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security / FEMA Assistance of Firefighters Grant totaling $1,332,106, including a 5% extramural match from the Florida Chiropractic Research Foundation. This grant, titled “Worksite exercise interventions for low back injury prevention in firefighters,” is the largest single commitment from FEMA’s Assistance of Firefighters Grants, Fire Prevention and Safety research program specifically aimed at interventions for back injury prevention.

The 3-year project is phase 3 of Dr. Mayer’s on-going FEMA-funded research initiative on preventing low back injury and illness in firefighters. Phase 1 of this initiative demonstrated a link between poor back muscular fitness and low back pain in firefighters. Phase 2 demonstrated that a work-site exercise intervention is safe and effective in improving back and core muscular endurance in firefighters. Phase 3, the current study, will assess the clinical effectiveness of supervised and web-based exercise interventions performed over 12 months on preventing low back injury and illness in firefighters.

For the current study, USF SPTRS will partner with the three largest fire departments in the Tampa Bay region of Florida – Tampa Fire Rescue, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, and St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. Other USF investigators on this project include William S. (Sandy) Quillen, PT, DPT, PhD, FACSM, Associate Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and Director of SPTRS; and Henian Chen, PhD of the Morsani College of Medicine and USF College of Public Health.

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.