Media Advisory: UCSF Therapy Clinic Showcases Latest in Rehabilitation Technology

WHAT:

In celebration of their new state-of-the-art academic and clinical center, the UCSF School of Medicine’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science invites media to an open house featuring tours and interactive demonstrations featuring the latest in PT technology.

The event will include a demonstration of an anti-gravity treadmill that “unweights” up to 80 percent of the user’s body weight, offering personalized precision benefits to those recovering from injury or surgery, without the pain and risk associated with full-weight impact on joints, bones, tendons and muscles. The event also will feature a demonstration of the “Bionic Leg,” a device equipped with multiple sensors and microprocessors that can detect the user’s actions – such as sitting, standing or climbing stairs – and adjust support and flexibility accordingly. This innovative therapy is designed to treat mobility problems related to stroke, aging, and impaired brain function associated with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

In addition to conducting cutting-edge clinical care, the department’s new center is home to one of the country’s most prestigious graduate programs in Physical Therapy, administered in conjunction with San Francisco State University.

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception

WHERE:

UCSF Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

1500 Owens Street, Suite 400, UCSF Mission Bay Campus, San Francisco, CA 94158

WHY:

The UCSF Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science provides the highest level of advanced clinical patient care and strives to educate scholarly, socially sensitive clinicians, educators and researchers in physical therapy and rehabilitation science who will lead the profession of physical therapy into the next century. The center opened in November 2010.


INTERVIEW, PHOTO AND AUDIO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES

  • Interactive demonstrations of G-Trainer treadmill and Bionic Leg technologies by trained rehabilitative experts, including Dr. Nancy Byl
  • Professor and Chair Kimberly Topp, PT, PhD
  • Select patients who have agreed to be interviewed
  • Visit the UCSF Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences website

Media interested in attending, please RSVP to Kevin.Eisenmann@ucsf.edu. or contact him on his cell phone at (415) 317-4203.

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.