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Kim Edginton
02-18-2008, 03:02 AM
Bertec Corporation is proud to announce the winners of the first Bertec Balance Research Competition, originally posted on Biomch-L in August 2007. The fourteen winners have been awarded a one-year loan of balance equipment to complete novel research. We thank everyone who applied and look forward to hosting the competition again in the future. We also thank those who volunteered to serve our external review team.

Details about the competition, including winners' names and affiliations are given in the press release below:
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Bertec Corporation Recognizes Young Researchers With Award of Equipment

Columbus, Ohio, February 12, 2008 - Fourteen young researchers throughout the country have been awarded a yearlong loan of Bertec Corporation’s balance assessment and training systems to complete original, academic research. The winners were selected based on strong proposals outlining novel projects, as judged by an external review board.

This is the first year of the Bertec Balance Research Competition. It was originated to help advance the understanding of the human body, while driving the careers of young researchers. The goal of the competition is to make cutting edge technology available to students and young professors who do not normally have access to this equipment, while allowing them to carry out a project that they are truly interested in.

Bertec Corporation is a leading manufacturer of force measurement devices, commonly used in academic research and clinical practice. The balance plates that were awarded as part of the equipment loan use strain gauge technology to measure the center of pressure of the individual standing upon the plate. This allows for determination of how much an individual is swaying under varying conditions, with postural instability being linked to balance problems and fall risk.

The awarded systems include the Bertec balance plate (Model BP 5050) with Acquire data acquisition software and all four models of the BalanceCheckTM product line. The BalanceCheckTM product line features products appropriate for quick balance screening, as well as visual-biofeedback rehabilitation. The research performed using these systems is expected to make significant contributions to the fields of medicine, physical rehabilitation, occupational safety, and physical education.

The awardees of the first Bertec Research Competition are:

Masters students Jennifer Alderidge and Geoffrey Melcher of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas in the Department of Kinesiology, for their proposal entitled "A retro locomotion protocol to reduce postural sway: Implications for fall prevention."

Assistant Professors Dr. Jeffrey Alexander, Dr. Tamara Valovich McLeod, Dr. Henry Trahan and Doctoral student Pedro MarĂ*n Cabezuelo of A.T. Still University – Mesa Campus in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and the Department of Audiology for their proposal entitled "The impact of whole-body vibration on static and dynamic balance in older adults with and without vestibular dysfunction."

Doctoral student of Physical Therapy Therese Clark of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in the Department of Health Professions, for her proposal entitled "Effects of body weight support on postural sway and functional test performance on elderly in an extended care facility."

Doctoral student Marius Dettmer of the University of Houston in the Department of Health and Human Performance, for his proposal entitled "Influence of different proprioceptive conditions on anticipatory postural adjustments in healthy subjects."

Assistant Professor Dr. Deanna Dye of Idaho State University in the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, for her proposal entitled The utility of assessing standing balance as part of an overall health screening program for rural elderly.

Doctoral students Adam Knight and Andrea Sumner of Auburn University in the Department of Kinesiology, for their proposal entitled "Influence of balance training on balance at height."

Assistant Professor Wei Liu of Walsh University in the Department of Physical Therapy, for his proposal entitled "Tai Chi Gait effect on normal walking and balance stability in elderly people."

Doctoral student Leigh Schanfein of Purdue University in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, for her proposal entitled "The use of self-motion feedback for balance control in younger and older dancers."

Assistant Professor Dr. Jake Streepy of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in the Department of Physical Education, for his proposal entitled "The effect of early prism adaptation intervention on the rehabilitation outcomes of stroke patients with left hemispatial neglect."

For additional information on Bertec Corporation and the Balance Research Competition, contact Kimberly Edginton or visit www.bertec.com.

ABOUT BERTEC – Bertec Corporation is an international leader in force-measuring devices including balance assessment and training systems, force plates, and instrumented treadmills. The Bertec BalanceCheckTM product line features four comprehensive models appropriate for a range of applications, including physical rehabilitation and fall prevention.


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Kimberly A. Edginton
Bertec Corporation
www.bertec.com
kim@bertec.com
614-543-0969