Houston School of Physical Therapy hosts Research Day Dec. 3

11/19/15

HOUSTON – Nationally recognized as an effective way to present student-based research, the Texas Woman’s University School of Physical Therapy’s 12th Annual Research Conference will take place from 3:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, 6700 Fannin St.

“I haven’t seen a better system for presenting student-based research,” said Toni S. Roddey, professor and coordinator of research for the School of Physical Therapy’s Houston campus. “It’s a national example, and our associate director, Peggy Gleeson, has made presentations at other conferences about the logistics of setting up similar programs.”

The conference gives third-year physical therapy students an opportunity to present their research to clinicians. In turn, clinicians attend for free and receive Continuing Competency Units (CCUs), dinner and free parking. Faculty and Ph.D. students also present their research.

“The outcomes are better research, better clinical buy-in and better communication between the clinic and academics,” Roddey said. “It would usually cost $75 to $100 to attend something like this, but it’s free. It’s a win-win.”

Roddey said she expects about 200 clinicians to attend. They can receive four hours of CCUs for the conference as well as two hours of CCUs for the pre-conference ethics course.

T. George Hornby, associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Locomotor Recovery Laboratory will present the keynote speech. He will speak about research on gait, or how people walk.

“Research on how people walk spans all types of physical therapy – whether you’re working with a patient has a heart or lung issue, a bad back or knee or has had a stroke,” Roddey said. “All patients ultimately want to get from point ‘a’ to point ‘b’ easily.”

TWU’s physical therapy program was recently ranked #2 in the Graduate Programs’ Fall 2015 Physical Therapy Grand Rankings. The rankings are based on feedback from current or recent students.

The conference is sponsored by Memorial Hermann, an integrated health system in Houston and Southeast Texas.

To RSVP, contact Jean Morrow at emorrow@twu.edu or (713) 794-2070.

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