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IUPUI faculty member working to aid veterans' rehabilitation through yoga
Yoga requires participants to be more aware of their bodies, stay focused in the moment, and challenge themselves physically with controlled movements and sustained postures. The approach has potential to help both veterans and non-veterans manage chronic conditions with impairments such as decreased strength and flexibility, poor balance, pain, depression and anxiety.
Miller and her fellow researcher Matthew Bair of the School of Medicine and Roudebush VA Medical Center, are currently working on a study comparing yoga and structured exercise for veterans with fibromyalgia, on which they are completing the first year of a four-year study. Such inquiries are part of a long-term process, she knows.
"As a profession, we’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Miller said. “I’m just hoping as a researcher that I can help find answers."
To read the full article on rehabilitation through yoga (as well as a great bio on Dr. Kristine Miller), please CLICK HERE.
Posted on 6 June 2014 | 11:30 am
Researcher at IUPUI develops workout program to help keep older adults in their homes
A decline in muscle strength due to age and sedentary lifestyle is usually what undermines older adults' ability to live independently. Having to depend on others to complete self-care tasks places these individuals at risk for placement in a nursing home, said Chiung-ju Liu, an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy in the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Liu designed a 10-week "3-Step Workout for Life" exercise program to help older adults regain their muscle strength and maintain independence. Liu and Dan Clark, a senior scientist from the IU Center for Aging Research, are testing the feasibility of the program with funding from the IU Roybal Center for Translational Research and the Retirement Research Foundation.
Physical therapy faculty, students at IUPUI work with advanced robots to treat patients with neurological impairments
IU Department of Physical Therapy faculty and students are researching how best to use advanced rehabilitation robots -- available in only a handful of locations in the U.S. -- to treat children and adults with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, cerebral palsy and other neurological impairments.
Their work focuses on five robots and three other pieces of innovative technology in the Advanced Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory at the IU Health Neuroscience Center on 16th Street in Indianapolis. The lab opened in 2013.
Study of MLB players: Exercise during youth makes bones bigger and stronger throughout life
Bone is a living tissue that gets stronger in response to the mechanical forces associated with exercise. Exercise has the greatest benefit on bone strength during growth; but do the benefits of exercise during youth persist with aging, when bones are at greater risk of breaking?
This question was addressed in a series of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Stuart Warden, associate professor and associate dean for research in the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Comparing differences between the throwing and non-throwing arms of Major League Baseball players at different stages of their career to differences measured in non-baseball players, Warden and colleagues showed that half of the bone size and one-third of the bone strength benefits of exercise performed during youth were maintained lifelong.
To read the full article and see Dr. Stuart Warden's comments, please CLICK HERE.
Posted on 24 February 2014 | 10:00 am
IU Department of Occupational Therapy is ranked 11th in the nation!
The graduate occupational therapy program in the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is ranked 11 in the nation by students on the website GraduatePrograms.com.
The school's education quality, financial aid and career support programs were ranked in the top 10 in the United States.
"Our occupational therapy graduate program has long been a commanding leader in the effort to improve health services in Indiana, and we are happy to see that commitment reflected in the GraduatePrograms.com rankings," said Augustine O. Agho, dean of the school. "Faculty and staff are dedicated to student success and the advancement of research, which creates a noteworthy atmosphere for learning and growth..."
Important Announcement! IU Occupational Therapy now participates in OTCAS
The IU Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program will participate in OTCAS, the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, for the 2015 admission cycle, it was announced today. Applications will be accepted July 1 – October 1, 2014, for admission in June, 2015. New application requirements and processes are available on the IU MS in OT Admissions website: http://shrs.iupui.edu/occupational_therapy/admissions. Due to this change, applicants will apply through OTCAS, as well as using the IUPUI Graduate/Professional application for admission consideration. Additional documents, including an application checklist, occupational therapy observation forms, and a prerequisite course completion form are also required.
Questions about the application and admission process? Please contact Joshua Morrison, Director of Student Enrollment Services, at 317-274-7238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on 6 February 2014 | 9:00 am
go.shrs.iupui.edu - All of Your Matriculation Documents in One Place. Easy.
GO SHRS, where you can find all of the needed materials to matriculate into your academic program at the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The deadlines for receipts of all matriculation materials are included in the documents provided on the web site.