Two new members recently joined the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Alexandria, Va, board of trustees: Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, and Gerard Brennan, PT, PhD.

Field-Fote began her research career with a doctoral scholarship from the Foundation in 1994. Today, she is a tenured professor in the University of Miami’s Department of Physical Therapy and director of the Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. In addition to her university roles, Field-Fote lectures internationally and serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Neurology Section and Section on Research.

Brennan is the director of Clinical Quality and Outcomes Research at Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City. Intermountain Health Care is an integrated system that operates hospitals, surgical centers, physicians, clinics, and home care providers. Brennan has more than 35 years of experience in clinical practice and has published more than 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has also made numerous presentations around the country in the areas of orthopaedics, manual therapy, exercise science, and quality improvement, and is an active member of the APTA’s Orthopaedic Section and Section on Research.

The board plays a key role in the growth and development of the organization and its mission of funding physical therapy research. Board members provide leadership in developing official policies, direct all business and financial affairs for the Foundation, and actively promote its fundraising activities.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically-based and clinically-relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

[Source: Foundation for Physical Therapy]