Jennifer Schottler, MPT, is Inaugural Recipient of Neilsen-ASIA Research Award
The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has committed $125,000 to ASIA, over a five year period, to fund one award each year for a clinician working in spinal cord injury (SCI) care delivery who expresses an interest in adding a research element to his/her career. The Research and Awards Committee of ASIA reviewed and scored the applications received. The first award was presented at the 2014 ASIA meeting in San Antonio. The inaugural recipient is Jennifer Schottler, MPT, of Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago.
Ms. Schottler, who has over 15 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist specializing in treating youth with SCI has proposed a one year pilot project to study the efficiency and biomechanics of wheelchair propulsion of youth with SCI. The SmartWheel will be used to evaluate and provide real-time feedback of the users’ speed and handrim forces during propulsion. Information gained from the study will be used to identify and minimize repetitive, abnormal demands on the upper extremities. The research has the potential to reduce the high incidence of pain and degenerative joint arthropathy so frequently associated with manual wheelchair propulsion.
Ms. Schottler received her $25,000 research award during the Awards Presentation session at the 2014 annual meeting. She will present her findings at the 2015 annual meeting. This program requires an established mentor to guide the recipient, and Ms. Schottler’s mentor is Lawrence C. Vogel, MD, SCI Medical Director at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago.
Neilsen-ASIA Research Award Eligibility Criteria:
The deadline for applications for the Neilsen Award to be presented at the joint ISCoS/ASIA meeting in May of 2015 is: November 1, 2014
Application Coming Soon