17th annual EACPHS Research Day
In 2020, College Research Day will be held live on Zoom. More information, including abstract submission guidelines, faculty award nomination forms, logistics and registration, is posted on the Research Day website.
Keynote speaker James Thomas, PT, Ph.D.
A professor of physical therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University, James Thomas's primary research focus is on how the central nervous system controls patterns of movement in a kinematically redundant system in healthy individuals and in those individuals with orthopedic or neurological impairments.
He earned his B.S. in Physical Therapy at St. Louis University and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After 12 years of clinical experience in orthopedics, he joined Ohio University to teach and initiated the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurologic research Institute. He brings an innovative virtual reality research initiative to VCU. The Motor Control Lab (MCL), under the direction of Thomas, has been funded by the NIH since 2004. The primary focus of the MCL is to better understand control of trunk movements and how various orthopedic or neurologic impairments alter that control. He uses state of the art technology, equipment, facilities, and strong research methods to investigate back pain. In addition to offering a creative option to physical therapy treatment in the DPT program, he adds a new dimension to the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science.