Continuing Education Events

Our mission is to facilitate the pursuit of professional excellence and innovative practice by providing the highest quality clinical, academic and evidence-based educational programs to our clinical instructors and physical therapists to meet the health and wellness needs of the communities in which they work.

Upcoming Events

Application of Neurobiological Pain Mechanisms to a Chronic Orthopaedic Injury
Featuring Ruth L. Chimenti, DPT, PhD

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free
Location: Canyon Commons 101
BOC Approved
CEUs offered for PTs and ATs

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Ruth Chimenti

This talk will focus on how changes in the central nervous system can contribute to chronic musculoskeletal pain. Central sensitization and how it is assessed in animals and humans will be discussed in the context of published and ongoing research. Theoretical implications for clinical care of chronic pain patients will be discussed based on current translational research in patients with Achilles tendinopathy.

Dr. Chimenti’s long-term goal is to improve care for chronic musculoskeletal conditions by addressing both peripheral and central nervous system contributors to pain. Chimenti attended the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Washington University. While there she participated in the T32 Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program under the mentorship of Professor Linda Van Dillen.

After graduating with her clinical doctorate, Chimenti worked at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, an outpatient orthopaedic clinic. She received a Sproull Fellowship and Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarship to support her dissertation in an interdisciplinary program at the University of Rochester. During this time, she did foot and ankle research under the mentorship of Professor Jeff Houck in the Movement Analysis Laboratory at Ithaca College. Chimenti did a postdoctoral fellowship focused on translating advances in ultrasound imaging to clinical research in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Rochester. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science on the T32 Pain Research Training Grant at the University of Iowa. Her current research, under the guidance of Professor Kathleen Sluka, focuses on identifying and treating peripheral and central contributors to chronic pain in Achilles tendinopathy.

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Research Symposium
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free
Location: Canyon Commons 101
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Please join us for our 3rd annual Physical Therapy Student and Faculty Rehabilitation Research Symposium. Our third-year students will be presenting on various research topics we would love to have you attend.  

Recent Events

Exercise Prescription in Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Exercise Training Considerations for People with Pulmonary Disease
Dec. 2, 2015, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free
Location: Hoover 105
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Kim E. Eppen, PT, PhD, is a licensed practicing Physical Therapist with over 21 years of experience. She has devoted the past 19 years to specializing in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, more specifically, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, at a large Midwestern University Hospital. (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics).

She is considered a Clinical Specialist in the area. Kim is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa with primary involvement in the Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics and Differential Diagnosis courses.

Dr. Eppen routinely serves as a Clinical Supervisor for undergraduate students in the Department of Health and Human Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate students, and as a Clinical Instructor for Doctoral students in Physical Therapy from various academic institutions. Kim is also a routine presenter at courses and meetings at the local and national level.

Hamstring Strain Injuries: Recommendations for Rehabilitation and Injury Reduction
Featuring Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 

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Bryan Heiderscheit

Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD, will provide a presentation explaining a series of studies, using a combination of human motion analysis and biomechanical modeling. He will also discuss a clinical trial, comparing the influence of two rehabilitation programs on specific neuromuscular factors that contribute to re-injury risk for hamstrings. 

Dr. Heiderscheit is a professor in the Departments of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the director of the Runners’ Clinic through the UW Sports Medicine Center; director of Badger Athletic Performance Research for UW Athletics; and co-director of the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Heiderscheit’s research is aimed at understanding and enhancing the clinical management of orthopedic conditions, with particular focus on running-related injuries. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, serving on the Executive Committee of the Sports Physical Therapy Section and founding chair of the running special interest group.

 Video recording of Bryan Heidsercheit's presentation