Researchers, students at School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences receive recognition

April 26, 2016

Two physical therapy researchers and four students from theIU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences have received state and national recognition for their innovative research and academic activities.

Mary Beth Brown, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, is the recipient of the 2016 New Investigator Award by the American College of Sports Medicine, presented in recognition of her cutting-edge research that focuses on the use of high-intensity interval training for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. 

Brown's study, titled "High Intensity Interval Training is Superior to Continuous Training in a Pulmonary Hypertension Rat Model," is funded through a grant from the American Heart Association. She has collaborated with investigators from the IU School of Medicine and the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center. 

Gary Long


Under her guidance, three physical therapy students received Student Research Awards from the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association at the 2016 Combined Sections Meeting. Students Brett Gladish and Jeremy Graber were awarded top student platform presentation for "High Intensity Interval Training vs. Continuous Training in a Rat Model of Pulmonary Hypertension: Impact on Aerobic Capacity, Hemodynamics, and Right Ventricular Remodeling," while Attie Kempf was awarded top poster presentation for "Clinical Investigation of a Daily Walking Program plus L-arginine Supplementation for the Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension."

Gary Long, a health sciences Ph.D. student, won the Platform Presentation Research Award at the 2016 Indiana Physiological Society Annual Meeting. His presentation, titled "Novel telemetric recording of exercise hemodynamics over disease development in three different rat models of pulmonary vascular disease," represented his research conducted with Brown. "In the short time since he joined my research team, Gary has remarkably advanced our understanding of blood pressure responses during exercise at different stages of pulmonary vascular disease development and with different exercise approaches," Brown said.

Keith Avin, an assistant professor in the physical therapy department, has been awarded the 2016 Jack Walker Award by the American Physical Therapy Association. This recognition highlights an outstanding article published in the Physical Therapy Journal that makes an important contribution to the understanding of clinical practice and patient care. Avin and his colleagues published a clinical guidance statement that provides recommendations to physical therapists to help improve outcomes in the identification and management of fall risk in community-dwelling older adults.

Avin is also the recipient of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Excellence in Geriatric Research Award for his work on this manuscript.