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Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Current Advances in Treatment and Recommendations for Evaluation and Rehabilitation

Posted: October 24, 2019

This two day course is provided to first, teach healthcare providers on the clinical perspective of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) including the broad phenotypic spectrum of pediatric and adult patients, evidence of natural history of the disease, new updates to standards of care, clinical outcome measures/standardized assessments, and the influence of therapies both approved and in development; and second, to support healthcare providers, outside of specialized SMA centers, to manage rehabilitation programs and evaluate patient progress using validated standardized clinical assessments in SMA.At the end of this course, participants will have an understanding of the current advances in treatment as well as recommendations for the evaluation and rehabilitation management in SMA. Attendees will comprehend how to relate the standards of care to clinical practice and assess SMA patients with standardized clinical measures.

Course Dates:
Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:00 AM - Saturday, December 7, 2019, 5:15 PM
Registration Fees: Registration fee includes course materials, certificate of participation, breakfast and lunch.

Early Bird Rate: 

Physicians - $250 
Nurses/AHP - $200 
Industry- $350

After 11/05/19: 

Physicians - $300 
Nurses/AHP - $250 
Industry- $400 


Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge
291 Campus Drive
2nd Floor Conference Center 
Stanford, CA
Phone: 650-725-6884


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CAReSIG's Last Event for 2019!

Course Title: Strategies to Overcome the Barriers to Early Physical Rehab in the Intensive Care Unit

Course Description: Early rehabilitation provided in the intensive care unit has been shown to produce improved functional outcomes and is both safe and feasible if administered properly by an experienced physical therapist.  Why then, is it so difficult for physical therapists to provide this service for our patients in the ICU?  In this session, participants will explore both clinical and cultural barriers to providing physical therapy rehabilitation for patients in the intensive care unit. Case based discussions framed around a critically ill patient who is mechanically ventilated and a patient with a subarachnoid hemorrhage who is neurologically compromised will provide the foundation for exploration, discussion and creation of strategies to overcome these clinical and cultural barriers.

Speaker: Amy J. Rich, PT, DPT, NCS ​(Special thanks to my colleagues Kelly Kehoe, Darcie Luby, Lauren Palmisano and Amy Nordon-Craft for their additions to this content.)

When: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 
            6:00 - 8:00pm MT

Location: Regis University
                 3333 Regis Blvd
                 Denver, CO 80221
                 ** Peter Claver Hall Room 315 **
                 (Parking Map)

Cost: APTA Members - $10    Students - $5    Non-Members - $20

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6th Annual Advanced Care of the Young Athlete Symposium

Join APTA Colorado's Sports SIG and the Children's Hospital of Colorado at the 6th Annual Advanced Care of the Young Athlete Symposium. This year's focus is Sports Trauma, Knee, and Core Injuries. The Advanced Care of the Young Athlete Symposium will dial in on the acute management of orthopedic conditions and sports related injuries and address clinical issues that face the clinician’s daily practice. This conference will be of interest to primary care physicians, advanced practice providers, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and other allied healthcare professionals that work with athletes as part of their practice.

When: Friday, November 15, 2019  6:30am - 4:30pm MT

Location: Children’s Hospital Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus
                 Conference & Education Center
                 13123 E. 16th Avenue
                 Aurora, CO 80045

Continuing Education Credits Available!!

Registration Fees*
(*Students must provide verification of full-time status; Fax information, noting conference and date, within 2 days of online registration to 720-777-7258.)

  By Nov. 1 After Nov. 1
MDs, PhDs, PNP $95 $105
PAs, RNs and Allied Health $85 $95
ATC $60 $65
Children’s Hospital Colorado Staff, 
University of Colorado Hospital,
University of Colorado Health,
Fellow, Resident and Student
$40 $45








 For further information or to request arrangements to accommodate a disability, contact Sonya Walker at 720-777- 9124 or [email protected], in advance of the conference. 

*Please note - if you plan on attending this event as a part of the APTA Colorado's Sports SIG, please email Melissa Randall to let her know after you have registered through the Children's Hospital of Colorado by clicking on the button below. Her email address is: [email protected].


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Colorado PT Students Raise Funds for Physical Therapy Research

Posted: Oct. 7, 2019
By Jessica Strupp, SPT; Monica Geiser, SPT; Ashley DeJaco, SPT; Hannah Howell, SPT

Students from physical therapist (PT) programs in Colorado were among the 153 schools that participated in the 2018-2019 Pitt-Marquette Challenge, raising $266,019 for the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR).Since inception of the student fundraising Challenge in 1989, more than 320 schools have participated in the effort raising more than $4.3 million.

The Marquette Challenge is a grassroots, student-led fundraising effort to advance the mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. Each year, hundreds of physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) students, with the support of their program directors and community, hold fundraising events across the U.S. to fund physical therapy research. The Challenge has funded over 27 physical therapy research grants and scholarships.

“Students are really connecting with research in a way that matters,” said Ashley DeJaco, SPT. “The Challenge raises more funds each year than any other FPTR activity.”

The students of Regis University and University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus contributed to Colorado’s total of $9,720 in support of the Challenge in the 2018-2019 year. The success of the Challenge would not be possible without their contributions. The University of Colorado earned an Award of Merit.

The top fundraising schools for 2018-2019 include:

  • 1st Place:  Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
  • 2nd Place: University of Pittsburgh
  • 3rd Place: University of Delaware

As the top fundraiser, VCU earned first place by raising $34,327. VCU will serve as co-host and won naming rights for the 2019-2020 VCU-Marquette Challenge.

“The Foundation is so grateful for the hard work the students put into making this such a successful fundraiser,” said Erica Sadiq, Foundation Director of Development. “Students involved in the Challenge connect with research in a meaningful way and are able to develop leadership skills that help them throughout their careers.”

The Challenge supports grants, scholarships, and the rigorous peer review process which results in the awarding of all Foundation scholarships and grants. Using a review process modeled after the National Institutes of Health, the Foundation identifies and funds the best qualified candidates to develop the next generation of physical therapy research leaders.

  • Eric Anson, PT, MPT, PhD an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester’s Department of Otolaryngology, is the recipient of the $40,000  Pitt-Marquette Challenge Research Grant. His project titled “Investigating Fear and Perception at Virtual Heights in Individuals with Fall Risk” will harness virtual reality to improve self-motion perception and fear of falling in older adults and identify mechanisms contributing to those changes.
  • Cherie V. LeDoux, PT, DPT, at the University of Colorado is recipient of the $7,500 PODS I Scholarship funded by the Pitt-Marquette Challenge. Her project is entitled “Social Determinants of Physical Activity in Older Adults with End-Stage Knee Osteoarthritis.”

Faculty and students of PT and PTA programs in the state of Colorado are encouraged to visit the Marquette Challenge website at to learn how they can support the Foundation and physical therapy research through the 2019-2020 VCU-Marquette Challenge. Contributions for the VCU-Marquette Challenge should be submitted by April 16, 2020. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online at or sent to its headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

About the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, formerly known as the Foundation for Physical Therapy, is celebrating forty years of funding research and researchers. Founded in 1979, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in grants, fellowships, and scholarships to nearly 600 researchers. Learn more about the Foundation’s investments in the physical therapy profession at






2019 Elections Now Open!

The APTA Colorado chapter's 2019 elections are now open and will conclude at 9:00am MT on Saturday, October 12, 2019 during the annual conference. The results will be announced at the conference shortly after and online. Only current APTA Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant members are eligible to vote and will only be allowed to cast one ballot. You will need your member i.d. and last name to login to vote below. 

The Nominating Committee of the APTA Colorado chapter presents the following slate of 9 candidates for the 2019 ballot:

  • Jill Flaherty
Chief Delegate Elect:
  • Rebekah Griffith
Director at Large - Practice Director:
  • Greg McCall
Director at Large - Young Professionals Director (Vote for one):
  • Robert Will
  • Matthew Crow
Secretary (Vote for one):
  • Cynthia Rauert
  • Katherine Kugler
Delegate at Large (Vote for one):
  • Megan Mitchell
  • Erin Hayden
Nominating Committee Member:
  • Emily Stone

Amendments to the bylaws are also included in the electronic ballot. Each can be voted on independently.

Questions? Please contact the association office at [email protected].


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