Follow-Up to: CU researchers take aim at PTSD, burnout in the ICU
9 June 2016
Since the article first appeared in UCHealth in mid-May, Matthew Kaskavitch, Social Media Manager, reports, "The post wen’t “viral” to an extent reaching nearly 100,000 people and resulting in over 2,500 people sharing the article on Facebook. This also resulted in 1,000’s of page views on the story that UCHealth wrote about Dr. Mealer. It is the most shared piece of content the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Facebook page has ever had by far."
This also caught the attention of Denver's CBS affiliate Channel 4. They aired a story titled "CU Researchers Helping ICU Nurses Manage Burnout & PTSD" last night.
See the story and video.
Scott Laker Edits Special Issue Concussion in Sports Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
8 June 2016
Shout out to CU PM&R's Scott Laker who was editor of special issue on sports concussion that appeared recently in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America.
See and read more.
Dr William Niehaus Featured in Unique UCH Story
8 June 2016
If you have ever seen the movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly then you can get a sense of CU PM&R Instructor Dr. William Niehaus' role in this UCHealth Today story by Tyler Smith. This story is on a patient who was "locked in" after suffering a stroke similar to the character in the movie. Dr. Niehaus explained to the patients family, as quoted in the article "There were assistive technologies and equipment to help him communicate, move, and perform daily activities, even if he never was able to do more than move his eyes."
The parallels to the movie are strong. The story goes on to report “To help (the patient) express his thoughts, Niehaus and speech therapists brought in a clear plastic sheet with letters and simple words. (The patient) fixed his eyes on a letter, while a partner holding the sheet moved their eyes until they locked with (his). In this way, he slowly and silently formed words and sentences.”
Read the full UCHealth article "Spirit, attitude help stroke patient battle back from the brink at UCH".
CU PM&R’s Patricia Heyn Elected Fellow of Gerontological Society of America
23 May 2016
Patricia Heyn, PhD, associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been elected a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). GSA is the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. Heyn was recognized through the society’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Section for her outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology.
From the GSA web page, "The status of fellow — the highest class of membership within the Society — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. This recognition can come at varying points in an individual’s career and can acknowledge a broad scope of activity. This includes research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization. Fellows are chosen from each of GSA’s four membership sections. The new fellows will be formally recognized during GSA’s 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 16 to 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jim Carollo: A Story of Cerebral Palsy and Dancing
18 May 2016
An online article entitled "Cerebral palsy doesn't stop her from dancing" by Steven Barcus highlights work by CU PM&R faculty James Carollo, Patricia Heyn, and Amy Bodkin. The article follows the dance career of Sarah Cauley.
Barcus writes, "Jim Carollo, director of the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis (CGMA) at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and associate professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), Orthopedics, and Bioengineering, also thinks much can be learned from Sarah’s active lifestyle. That is why he invited her to participate in the Cerebral Palsy Adult Transition (CPAT) study."
Read the full story
CU researchers take aim at PTSD, burnout in the ICU
13 May 2016
Dr. Meredith Mealer and colleagues found ICU nurses have PTSD rates similar to those of veterans of the war in Iraq. In an article from UCHealth Today, Dr. Mealer discusses how she came to conduct reseach related to ICU nurses with Marc Moss, MD, the School of Medicine’s vice chair for Clinical Research and a professor of pulmonary sciences and critical care medicine.
The complete article is available here.
Dr. Lisa Brenner Teaching at US Military Matters - A Free Resource
30 April 2016
The American Association of Suicidology is offering FREE webinar trainings for service members and their families who have served or are currently serving in any of the National Guard or Reserve components of the Military. The training is also available for mental health providers who want to help. It’s science-based behavioral training created by people who truly understand.
Dr. Lisa Brenner will be offering a two day session in San Diego, 16-17 June, 2016 entitled "Advanced Skills in the Assessment and Management of Traumatic Brain Injury".
For more information on this seminar click this link.
CU PM&R Announces the Dennis J. Matthews, M.D. Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund
27 April 2016
This fund, established in the 19th year of Dr. Matthews’ leadership in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will provide support of PM&R Scholarship through visiting professor lectures, workshops, and national presentations. This year also inaugurates the Dennis J. Matthews, M.D. Lectureship featuring Visiting Professor Michael Boninger, M.D., Professor and Endowed Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.
Dennis J. Matthews, M.D., a living legend of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, attended medical school at the University of Colorado and went on to train in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Frederic Kottke, one of the founding fathers of the field. In 1997, Dr. Matthews was recruited back to Denver by Dr. Jerome Gersten to be the 4th Chair of the Department.
Dr. Matthews’ work with pediatric muscle disease, cerebral palsy, and rehabilitation is internationally known and has identified him as a pioneer in his field. Dr. Matthews’ remarkable work with pediatric rehabilitation and practice development has laid the foundation for pediatric subspecialties and the advancement of major medical associations in the field of rehabilitation.
Dr. Matthews is Department Chair and Professor of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine as well as PPAARDI-in-Chief and Fischahs Chair Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado.
For information on how to donate to the Dennis J. Matthews Fund, please go to: www.cufund.org/MatthewsExcellenceFund
You may also contact the CU Foundation Office at 303-813-7935.
PM&R's Nazanin Barhraini Receives Top Honors at the VA Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion conference
25 April 2016
Congratulations to Nazanin Bahraini, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and physical medicine and rehabilitation, who was part of a team of researchers who shared top honors at the Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion conference sponsored by the VA Center for Innovation and MyVA Partnerships. The goal of the national summit was to explore innovative ways to assist veterans living with mild traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder. Nazanin’s team pitched a voice-based assistant designed to help veterans connect to the services they need.
Two PM&R Faculty Named to Academy of Medical Educators
20 April 2016
Drs. Heather Baer, MD and Paul Mintken, PT, DPT were named to the prestiguous Academy of Medical Educators Dr. Baer will also be in the Teaching Scholars Program.
The Academy of Medical Educators provides a home base for teachers and a visible mechanism to support and enhance all educational programs and teachers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The primary goal of the Academy is to create an environment that promotes and rewards teaching excellence and enhances the education of our students, residents, fellows, faculty and community.
Iñigo San Millán Publishes in Two Popular Magazines
18 April 2016
Recently, Iñigo San Millán, PhD, Director, Excercise Physiology Lab at CU Sports Medicine and PM&R Assistant Professor, published articles in two popular articles. The first is in Men's Jopurnal is titled "How to Build a Better Knee" and finds Dr. San Millán discussing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and over-training. The online version of the article can be found here.
The second article is in Bicycling magazine and titled "Ride Your Gut Off with These 3 Training Tips: Here’s how to use your bike to shed that dangerous spare tire". In the article Dr. San Millán cautions against over-training. He is quoted in part as saying “Most recreational cyclists are doing too much high intensity training and they’re not getting leaner or faster”. Read more of the online article.
CU PM&R Faculty, Dr. Meredith Mealer, Publishes in Journal of Nursing Measurement
12 April 2016
CU PM&R faculty Meredith Mealer, PhD, RN, along with co-authors Sarah J. Schmiege, PhD and Paula Meek, PhD, RN saw their article The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale in Critical Care Nurses: A Psychometric Analysis published in the Journal of Nursing Measurement. The article explores resiliency "as a capacity to cope with traumatic or stressful events by finding meaning in adversity or suffering."
To read the abstract.
CU Connections Profile on Richard Weir
17 March 2016
CU Connections ask 5 questions of Dr. Richard Weir. He is director of the Veterans Administration Biomechatronics Development Laboratory, is a research healthcare scientist with the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System, an associate research professor with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Anschutz, and an adjunct professor with the Department of Integrative Physiology at CU-Boulder.
Scott Laker, M.D., the PM&R Research Pilot Award Recipient for Spring/Summer 2016 Cycle
7 March 2016
Dr. Dennis Matthews writes, "Please join me in congratulating Scott Laker, M.D., the PM&R Research Pilot Award recipient for this cycle. Dr. Laker’s proposal entitled “Factors Influencing Parental Return-to-Play Decisions in Post Adolescent Sport-Related Concussions: A Mixed-Methods Exploratory Study” was selected for the Spring/Summer 2016 Cycle."
The objective of this opportunity is to enhance the value and effectiveness of pilot research conducted within the Department to accomplish three objectives:
- Improve the health outcomes of the rehab population
- Enhance the patient experience of care (including quality, access and reliability)
- Provide departmental researchers the opportunity to collect quality data to leverage future funding
Video: Aspen Ideas Festival | CU Anschutz Medical Campus
13 July 2015
Here at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, ideas flow freely between curious minds, skilled practitioners, collaborative data geeks and groundbreaking researchers. The result? Future-changing advances in personalized medicine, chronic disease and patient-centered care. Welcome to the New West. Here, the good guys wear the masks. Watch the video on YouTube.