School of Health Professions

Advancing the practice of physical therapy

By Alex Branch   UNT Health Science Center faculty and students will have a prominent role this week at the annual meeting of the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA). Eleven faculty members and 10 students will make presentations or display research posters at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The conference, which is held in a Read More »

Oct 26, 2016

Nicoleta Bugnariu
Physical therapy professor completes top leadership program

By Alex Branch Nicoleta Bugnariu, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, has become the first physical therapist to graduate from a respected national leadership program dedicated to women in academic medicine. Dr. Bugnariu, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, in April completed a one-year fellowship in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Read More »

May 5, 2016

Metin Yavuz
The self-cooling shoe that could reduce amputations

By Alex Branch   A Health Science Center researcher is creating an innovative shoe that could help prevent dangerous foot ulcers in people with diabetes. Metin Yavuz, DEng, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, has developed a working prototype of a shoe fixed with an electronic cooling system. It’s designed to keep foot tissues from heating Read More »

Dec 14, 2015

Hank Lemke
National honor for PA program’s founding director

By Alex Branch   Dr. Hank Lemke, founding director of UNT Health Science Center’s nationally recognized Physician Assistant Studies Program, has earned a national honor for achievements in PA education. Lemke, DHSc, PA-C, received the 2015 Master Faculty Award, an honor given annually by the Physician Assistant Education Association to one PA in the nation Read More »

Nov 24, 2015

Falls Prevention program UNTHSC
Falls prevention takes the stage with UNTHSC helping lead the way

Grandma fell twice. She wasn’t badly hurt, but her family was shaken. Nicoleta Bugnariu knew what to do. She used her physical therapy expertise to create a rigorous exercise program for her “Bunica,” Romanian for “grandmother.” Dr. Bugnariu, PT, PhD, Associate Dean at UNT Health Science Center, chairs the Falls Prevention Task Force of the Read More »

Sep 18, 2015

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Robotic glove may help rehab stroke patients

Initial rehabilitation therapy for many stroke victims may focus on regaining the ability to walk. But when hands also are affected, therapy focused only on the legs can leave hand muscles contracted, a condition that can be difficult to overcome. A new, soft robotic glove that can open and close a patient’s hand may bring Read More »

Aug 25, 2015

SHELLEY LONG FC
A diagnosis, and then a delivery

Thirty-five weeks pregnant with twins, Shelley Long had grown accustomed to the endless aches and pains of a multiple pregnancy. But the throbbing in her right calf worried her. She reported the leg pain to medical staff twice during visits to a hospital to have her blood pressure monitored, but was told the discomfort was Read More »

Aug 5, 2015

Dr Fain Granthon FC
An alternative to taking pills

After his cholesterol measured high, Felix Granthon didn’t ask his doctor for the simplest solution. “I knew I could take medication — but I don’t like medication,” Granthon, 72, said. “I wanted to know what else I could do besides take pills.” So Granthon and his wife, Carla, and their family physician, Harold Fain, MD, Read More »

Jun 19, 2015

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Physician assistants are on the frontline of primary care

At HealthFirst Northwest Clinic, Shelbie Reed navigates the busy hallways, stepping in and out of examination rooms filled by patients with ailments ranging from sinus infections to diabetes. In her crisp white coat, she could be mistaken for a physician, but she’s not one. She is a clinical-year student on rotation as part of UNT Read More »

May 29, 2015

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Unlocking the secrets of autism

Wearing glasses with a camera embedded in the frames, a girl stands atop a platform as virtual balls roll toward her. How she dodges the balls will help UNT Health Science Center researchers better understand why people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have trouble responding to their environment. Surrounded by a 180-degree, wrap-around screen in Read More »

Apr 2, 2015