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Doctoral students present scholarly research in Milan, Italy
Posted 05/22/2019 12:08PM

Misericordia University students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program recently presented their scholarly research at the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) in Milan, Italy. Third year DPT students, from left, Kristian Wendel Westfield, N.J., Lauren Madsen, Matamoras, Pa., and Rebecca Ciancitto, Matamoras, Pa., presented their research findings in the poster presentation entitled, "The Effects of High Intensity Interval Training on the Post-Stroke Population: A Systematic Review."

The students did an extensive review of current literature and found that intense, supervised exercise as part of a rehabilitation program after a stroke, can promote neuroplasticity leading to better learning of skills and improvements in balance, walking speed and endurance. Maureen Romanow Pascal, P.T., D.P.T., N.C.S., associate professor of physical therapy, served as faculty advisor on the project.

The ESOC from May 22-24 involved more than 4,500 participants, including scientists, physicians and therapists discussing aspects of stroke treatment from acute medical intervention to rehabilitation.

Ciancitto, Madsen and Wendel also recently presented at the annual Student Research Poster Day on the campus of Misericordia University. The event featured scholarly presentations highlighting the research and work of 204 student researchers in the College of Health Sciences and Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. University President Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., attended the event along with students, faculty, staff and deans of the colleges.

For more information about the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit
Misericordia University Mercy Hall

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