School of Health Professions

KU Stroke Researcher's Published Article Chosen Journal's Best of 2012

Mar 28, 2013

Sandra Billinger, PT, Ph.D., FAHA, assistant professor in the KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, was recently recognized by the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy for one of her published studies on stroke and cardiovascular health. Dr. Billinger received the Golden Synapse Award which recognizes the most outstanding article published in the journal during the 2012 calendar year.

Left to right: Anna Mattlage, Michael Rippee, M.D., Sandra Billinger, PT, Ph.D. and Angela Lentz, DPT. Not pictured: Gabe Harter, DPT, Abbie Ashenden.

The article, "Aerobic Exercise in Subacute Stroke Improves Cardiovascular Health and Physical Performance," was published in the December 2012 issue of JNPT (Volume 36, Number 4, pp. 159-165). In it, Dr. Billinger's work shows how exercise benefits the health of patients who've suffered a stroke. The winner of the Golden Synapse Award is selected by the reviewers, editorial board members, and associate editors of the journal and is based on the article’s conceptualization, execution, presentation, and contribution to physical therapy practice.

Joining Dr. Billinger in this award are research team members Abbie Ashenden, Gabe Harter, DPT, Angela Lentz, DPT, Anna Mattlage, and Michael Rippee, M.D. The authors were recognized with an award plaque at the Neurology Section Business Meeting in San Diego, Calif., in February.  Dr. Billinger received funding from the KU Clinical Pilot and Frontiers: Clinical and Translational Science Unit.

In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Billinger also leads the Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) Laboratory, part of the Georgia Holland Research Laboratory, and located in the Robert E. Hemenway Life Sciences Innovation Center on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. More information about Dr. Billinger's research can be found at the REACH lab website.


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