Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31819a923d
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UPCOMING MEETINGS

Combined Sections Meetings

2010: San Diego, February 17–20

2011: New Orleans, February 9–13

2012: Tampa, February 6–12

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Annual Conference

2009: Baltimore, June 10–13

2010: Boston, June 16–19

2011: Washington, DC, June 16–19

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GRANTS FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH

Clinical research grants are available to Section members to assist with a one-year research study that investigates a question or questions of importance to pediatric physical therapy. The purpose of the grants is to provide funding to assist primarily new physical therapist investigators and to encourage research that will add to the body of knowledge related to improvement of pediatric physical therapy.

Five awards are presented annually. The due dates for submission are April 1 for one $5000 and two $1000 awards and October 1 for one $5000 and one $1000 awards. The $5000 and $1000 grants can be given to support postprofessional thesis or dissertation research. (Monies not awarded after the April submission reviews may be awarded to October submissions.)

To request application guidelines, contact the Section on Pediatrics Executive Office at 1111 North Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; 800/999-2782, ext 3254; e-mail: cindysliwa@apta.org, or visit the Section Web site at www.pediatricapta.org. Any questions concerning the proposal may be sent to the current Section on Pediatrics Research Committee Chair, listed in the current issue of the Section on Pediatrics newsletter or on the Web site at www.pediatricapta.org.

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RESEARCH GRANT DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

A research development award of $1000 is available to Section members and student members to assist in the development of research projects that will be submitted to an institution or public or private agency for funding. The purpose of the award is to fund consultants who will help the Section member develop a competitive grant proposal. Consultants may be individuals with content or research expertise in the proposed area of investigation. Consultants also may be individuals with expertise in measurement, research design, or statistics. Consultants do not have to be physical therapists.

Two awards are presented annually. Due dates for submission are April 1 and October 1. To request application guidelines, contact the Section on Pediatrics Executive Office at 1111 North Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; 800/999-2782, ext 3254; e-mail: cindysliwa@apta.org, or visit the Section Web site at www.pediatricapta.org. Any questions concerning the proposal may be sent to the current Section on Pediatrics Research Committee Chair, listed in the current issue of the Section on Pediatrics newsletter or on the Web site at www.pediatricapta.org.

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RESEARCH AWARD

The Research Committee of the Section on Pediatrics is pleased to announce a call for nominees for the Section’s Research Award.

The Research Award is to be given in recognition of a Section on Pediatrics member who has performed sustained and outstanding basic, clinical, and/or education research pertaining to pediatric physical therapy. Evidence must be giving that the published body of research material makes meaningful contribution to the scientific basis of pediatric physical therapy.

In addition, evidence of one or more of the following should be provided: 1) oral presentations and written articles of the research have been reported to the appropriate audiences, 2) there has been an active attempt to foster research of others, and 3) work has been recognized by receipt of grants.

Submit both the name and address of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is November 1. The research award is presented to the recipient at the business meeting of the Section on Pediatrics during Combined Section Meeting. Nominations should be sent to Cindy Sliwa; Executive Secretary, Section on Pediatrics, APTA, PO Box 327, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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THESIS AND DISSERTATION AWARDS

The Thesis Award is given as recognition to an active or student member of the Section on Pediatrics who has completed an outstanding research project as partial fulfillment for a master’s degree.

The Dissertation Award is given as recognition to an active or student member of the Section on Pediatrics who has completed an outstanding research project as partial fulfillment for a doctoral degree.

Submit eight copies of the study abstract: seven (7) without name or address, and one (1) copy containing the name and address. Provide a cover letter with evidence that the thesis or dissertation was completed after January 2001, and a discussion of the relevance of the completed research to the practice of pediatric physical therapy. Research may be basic, clinical, or educational.

After screening, four (4) copies of the thesis or dissertation may be requested for review by the research committee. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is November 1. The thesis and dissertation awards are presented to the recipients at the business meeting of the Section on Pediatrics during the Combined Section Meeting.

Submit abstracts to: Cindy Sliwa, Executive Secretary, Section on Pediatrics, APTA, PO Box 327, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Address questions concerning the application guidelines to: Thubi H.A. Kolobe, PT, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Science, College of Allied Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 801 NE 13th Street, PO Box 26901, Oklahoma City, OK 73190. Phone: 405-271-2131 ext 47121, Fax: 405-271-2432. E-mail: hkolobe@ouhsc.edu

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PAUL HELDERS HONORED BY QUEEN BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS

PWJ “Paul” Helders, a member of the Editorial Board of Pediatric Physical Therapy, was honored in November 2008 by her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for his unparalleled contributions to pediatric physical therapy in the Netherlands and abroad. He was given the Royal Decoration “Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau.”

Paul, who is Professor and Chair of the Department of Children’s Physical Therapy at the University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Utrecht, the Netherlands, has published more than 200 articles. He has been honored by the Dutch Society of Rheumatology for innovations on the care for children with JRA and has organized several congresses with medical colleagues on children with chronic disease. He initiated a 4 year course on pediatrics that resulted in a massive upgrading of pediatric knowledge and expertise.

According to Marilyn Moffat, President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, his influence has been felt worldwide, particularly in North America. He long envisioned the need for physical therapy practice to be based on research data, and his commitment to evidence-based practice has led to enhanced quality of life, particularly in children with chronic diseases and disabilities.

We have all benefited from Paul’s participation in international conferences, classes he has taught, and his extraordinary publication record. Most of all, we have benefited from his service and dedication to our journal as a member of the Editorial Board and a reviewer.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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