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College opens the first Neuro Recovery Clinic of its kind in Wisconsin

The College of Health Sciences has officially opened its “life-transforming” Neuro Recovery clinic, thanks to a $1 million anonymous gift

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Don't miss: Forward Marquette in Chicago: On the Road to Neuro Recovery


The College recently launched the Neuro Recovery Clinic, incorporating intensive training and state-of-the-art technology.

Join Dean William E. Cullinan and faculty on Tuesday, Oct. 22 to learn more about neuro-rehabilitation, research and treatment.

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College announces launch of new Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree program


Marquette is now accepting applications for a new Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree program in the College of Health Sciences. The program is the first entry-level, clinical doctoral occupational therapy program the state of Wisconsin and will accept 35 to 40 students for its first class.

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College opens new Physician Assistant Studies building

The 44,000 square foot Physician Assistant Studies facility features cutting edge simulation technology and flexible space. It is home to one of the top PA programs in the nation, ranked 26th by U.S. News & World Report.

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Dr. Allison Hyngstrom receives $2.3 million NIH grant

Dr. Allison Hyngstrom, associate professor and chair of the Physical Therapy Department, received a $2.3 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health for stroke research.

The 5-year study will focus on ischemic conditioning and exercise training as it relates to stroke rehabilitation.

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Marquette researchers receive $1.9 million grant to study neuroscience of addiction, depression

Drs. Robert Wheeler and John Mantsch, faculty researchers in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that will fund neuroscientific research into psychiatric disorders such as addiction and depression.



Their project, entitled “Aversion signals in the reward system,” will examine how unpleasant experiences negatively impact people with underlying psychiatric disorders, with the goal of developing innovative behavioral and pharmacological therapies aimed at managing them.

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Read the 2019 College of Health Sciences Magazine online

The 2019 issue of the College of Health Sciences Magazine features the new Neuro Recovery Clinic, the Intensive Aphasia Program and more.

Read the 2019 Health Sciences Magazine.

Dr. Alex Savtchouk receives McKnight Technology Award

Dr. Alex Savtchouk, clinical assistant professor of biomedical sciences, recieved a McKnight Technology Award, which includes $200,000 in funding over two years.

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Dr. Murray Blackmore receives $1.9 million grant for spinal cord injury research

Dr. Murray Blackmore, associate professor of biomedical sciences received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a five-year project that targets regenerating injured nerve cells in spinal cord injuries. The grant is his third NIH grant of more than $1 million in the past six years.

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Marquette alumnus named president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association

Matt Crespin, Dent Hy '02, was installed as president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, 2019-20. Crespin makes history as the first male president of ADHA.

Marquette has had 3 alums serve as president of the national association. The first was Elizabeth Linn, Dent Hy '52, who served 1957-1958. The second was Diann Bomkamp (pictured, right), Dent Hy '69, who served 2008-2009.

Faculty and staff recieve service, research and teaching awards.

Faculty and staff, including Mr. Patrick Loftis, Dr. Nilanjan Lodh, Mrs. Dawn Robinson, Dr. Robert Wheeler and Dr. David Baker, were honored for their commitments to teaching, research and service at the 2019 College of Health Sciences convocation.

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Dr. Albojay Deacon receives APTA Emerging Leader award

Dr. Albojay Deacon, physical therapist in the Marquette Physical Therapy Clinic, recieved the Emerging Leader award from the American Physical Therapy Association.

According to the APTA, "The Emerging Leader Award was established to annually honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the profession and APTA early in their careers."

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The annual brain dissection course provides a unique opportunity for working professionals

Dr. William Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences, teaches a three-day brain dissection course — the only known class of its kind. Ninety-seven medical and neuroscience professionals who attended the course had the opportunity to dissect a human brain using a technique called blunt dissection.

“It brings the brain into sharper focus. So there’s a sense of knowing where things should be, and then there’s visualizing it and putting your hands on it. That’s key to understanding the three-dimensionality of the pathways deep in the brain,” Cullinan said.

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College receives $100,000 gift to expand clinic parking

The College of Health Sciences received a $100,000 gift from Tim and Margie Kezman. The gift will fund the expansion of a parking lot for people visiting the Neuro Recovery Clinic, the Marquette Physical Therapy Clinic and the Speech and Hearing Clinic. Current parking availabilty creates challenges for some of the patients visiting the clinics, and this gift additional parking spaces for patients as well as increased accessability for people in wheelchairs.

"We are very grateful to the Kezman's for the generous gift that moved this critical project forward," said Dr. William E. Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. "I would also like to express my appreciation to Phil Purpero of C.W. Purpero, Inc. for donated work, as well as that of Chris Kujawa of Kujawa Enterprises. Finally, we are deeply indebted to Mr. Tony Vodnik through whose efforts all parties to this project were coordinated."

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Bill CullinanWelcome to the Fall 2019 edition of the College of Health Sciences e-newsletter. As another academic year is underway, I'm pleased to share news and information about our students, faculty and staff.

First, we're excited to announce the addition of an occupational therapy program in the College of Health Sciences. The Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy is the first entry-level, clinical OT doctoral program in the state of Wisconsin, and it joins our other high-ranking clinical programs in physical therapy and speech pathology and audiology. We are now accepting applications for the inaugural class of 2020.

We've also opened two new spaces - the Neuro Recovery Clinic, a state-of-the-art neuro-rehabilitation clinic which is the first of its kind in the state of Wisconsin; and the new Physician Assistant Studies building, providing a new location and new equipment and learning spaces for our expanding and high ranking program in Physician Assistant Studies.

Faculty and clinicians from the Neuro Recovery Clinic will be at the University Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. for our program, Forward Marquette in Chicago: On the Road to Neuro Recovery. I hope you can join us to learn about Marquette’s growing reputation for excellence in neuro-rehabilitation, research and treatment. Thank you to Dan and Susan Real for hosting this event.

Our clinics, including the Neuro Recovery Clinic, the Marquette Physical Therapy Clinic and the Speech and Hearing Clinic will also benefit from expanded patient parking, thanks to a very generous gift from Tim and Margie Kezman.

Our faculty researchers continue to raise the profile of the college and the university. Dr. Allison Hyngstrom, chair of the Physical Therapy Department, received a $2.3 million NIH grant to study exercise and ischemic conditioning in stroke rehabilitation, Drs. Robert Wheeler and John Mantsch received a $1.9 million NIH grant that will fund neuroscientific research into psychiatric disorders such as addiction and depression, Dr. Alex Savtchouck, clinical assistant professor of biomedical sciences, received a McKnight Technology Award that includes $200,000 in funding over two years for his work with real-time neural imaging and Dr. Murray Blackmore received an additional $1.9 million NIH grant for spinal cord injury research.

Our staff and alumni also continue to excel, including Dr. Albojay Deacon, physical therapist in our Physical Therapy Clinic, who received the Emerging Leader award from the APTA, and dental hygiene alumnus Matt Crespin, who was named president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

Congratulations also to our College of Health Sciences award recipients, Mr. Patrick Loftis, Dr. Nilanjan Lodh, Mrs. Dawn Robinson, Dr. Robert Wheeler and Dr. David Baker. They were honored at the recent college convovation for their excellence and commitment to service, teaching and research.

The 2019 edition of the College of Health Sciences magazine is now available online and in print. This issue takes an in-depth look at the new Neuro Recovery Clinic - how it came to be and how important it is for people in our community, state and region who have suffered stroke and other traumatic brain injuries. The issue also includes articles about our Intensive Aphasia Program, the Summer Research Program, our physician assistant students at the Repairers of the Breach clinic and more.

For more information on upcoming events, or to remain current on news in the College of Health Sciences, please visit our website, join us on Facebook, read stories from the college on Medium and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. As always, I invite your feedback on our college at any time at: william.cullinan@marquette.edu


William E. Cullinan, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health Sciences
Marquette University
william.cullinan@marquette.edu

Coming up

Forward Marquette in Chicago: On the Road to Neuro Recovery - Oct. 22

Marquette’s College of Health Sciences recently launched the state of Wisconsin’s first Neuro Recovery Clinic, a specialized neuro-rehabilitation enterprise that incorporates intensive training and state-of-the-art technology to drive more successful outcomes for victims of stroke and other neurological insults.

Join Dean William E. Cullinan and faculty scientists and clinicians to learn more about Marquette’s growing reputation for excellence in neuro-rehabilitation, research and treatment.

Tuesday, Oct. 22
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Program

University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St., Chicago

Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

Register online today for Forward Marquette in Chicago: On the Road to Neuro Recovery.

This event is generously hosted by Dan, Bus Ad '81, and Susan, Bus Ad '81, Real.