PT on leading edge of Parkinson’s care

By Alex Branch

Liu Web
 
A UNT Health Science Center professor is preparing physical students to provide innovative care that can improve the quality of life for the nearly 1 million Americans expected to have Parkinson’s disease by 2020.

Howe Liu, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy, participated in the Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Program. It brings together educators to immerse themselves in the latest evidence-based findings in Parkinson’s research and care.

Only 12 physical therapy faculty members were accepted this year into the competitive program, which is designed to “train the trainer” so participants can teach their students the latest innovative care.

“The program provided new information and strategies on how physical therapists can collaborate with other health professionals to improve the quality of care for these patients,” Dr. Liu said. “People with Parkinson’s can benefit a great deal from physical therapy.”

Dr. Liu attended training in August at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore. Although the primary purpose is to share the information with students, Dr. Liu also will incorporate it into his clinical work and community service for people with diagnosis of Parkinson’s-like diseases in senior living communities.

Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

“Parkinson’s is a challenging, progressive disease that gets worse with time,” Dr. Liu said. “We want our students to be well-prepared to work in teams to make a difference in these people’s lives.”

 

Recent News

Screenshot 2024 06 20 At 3.45.01 pm
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

From sacrifice to success: a journey through physical therapy school

Ancelmo Mojarro came to Fort Worth to study. The Tyler native knew he wanted to be a physical therapist early on his undergraduate days. He embarked on his path to physical therapy a decade ago, inspired by a friend's suggestion amidst his quest to find his calling in the medical field. “I starte...
Garciarosanski
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

HSC pro bono physical therapy program offers hope

For 70-year-old Beverly Rozanski, the journey to improved health has been long and challenging. Raised in Michigan, Rozanski spent her childhood and early adult years struggling with physical challenges that made even the simplest tasks seem insurmountable. However, her discovery of a pro bono p...
Mills John
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

Team of experts from HSC and TCOM develop a national position statement for NCCHC on care for aging patients in correctional facilities

Addressing an overlooked and sometimes neglected patient population, a group of experts from The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth partnered with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to write a “Care for Aging Patients in the Correctional Setting” posit...
Jennifer Fix 2 Purple
  • Education
|Jun 18, 2024

Pharmacy technician shortage driving force behind new, online prep course

A self-paced, online Pharmacy Technician Preparation Course is now being offered through The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth as a way to help combat the shortage of pharmacy technicians at hospitals, health systems and retail pharmacies. Recognized by the Pharmacy Tech...