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Physical Therapy Excellence Fellowship

2009-2010 Recipient

Funded through the generous support of
Novo Nordisk

David L. Oleson, PT, PCS
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Oregon

Comparison of Two Types of Ankle Braces in the Management of Ankle Pain in Hemophilia

This project will examine the differences in effectiveness of fracture boots, which are “walking casts” that can be put on and taken off, and carbon fiber braces, which use a newer technology resulting in lighter and smaller braces. Gait analysis wearing both the fracture boot and the carbon fiber brace will be performed using a mat equipped with pressure sensors that will measure aspects of gait such as step length and foot position. People with hemophilia A and B who experience ankle pain from bleeds will be asked to participate. Levels of pain will be measured before, during, and after each trial. Measurements from the gait mat and levels of pain relief will be used to determine effectiveness and acceptance of each type of support.

Patricia Tobase, PT, DPT, OCS
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Outcome Tools to Utilize Pre and Post Orthopedic Interventions for Hemophilic Arthropathy

This project will provide clinicians with a recommended set of valid and reliable outcome tools to assess efficacy of common orthopedic interventions for hemophilic arthropathy.
Current research uses a range of parameters such as range of motion, pain, and complication rates to measure change and/or success after an orthopedic intervention. The goal of this project is to allow hemophilia treatment centers to collect data in a standard format for future analysis and research projects

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All grant and fellowship applications are subjected to a rigorous peer review process. Applications are critiqued on scientific merit and relevance to NHF research priorities. Applications are reviewed and scored in terms of significance, approach, innovation, investigator, and environment. A volunteer group of scientific and lay leaders reviews applications received. The NHF Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC) and the NHF Board of Directors grant final funding approval.

The objectives of the Physical Therapy Fellowship are to improve the delivery of physical therapy care and expand the knowledge base specific to hemophilia.
It is expected that the fellowship will provide support for a physical therapist currently employed or interested in hemophilia care to conduct physical therapy research or clinical projects related to the care of the patient with hemophilia.

Current topics of interest may include but are not limited to the following: development of clinical pathways, physical therapy protocols, physical therapy utilization, measurable outcome studies, rehabilitation programs, use of modalities and other intervention commonly used by physical therapists in the treatment of the patient with hemophilia.

NHF awards one new research fellowship per year of $10,000. Awards are made for one calendar year.


A letter of intent should be submitted to NHF. This should be a brief letter identifying the applying researcher and organization and the intended area of research.

Multidisciplinary applications are welcomed. If a multidisciplinary project is sought, you are encouraged to indicate in the letter of intent and in the application how the project would proceed if only one Fellowship is awarded.

For inquiries regarding applications, policy and procedures and programmatic information, contact:

Morgan Johnson, CAE, Manager of Healthcare Provider Programs
National Hemophilia Foundation
116 West 32nd Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(800) 424-2634 ext. 3745 or (212) 328-3745
Fax: (212) 328-3799

Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to:

Department of Finance and Administration
National Hemophilia Foundation
116 West 32nd Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(800) 424-2634 ext. 3726 or (212) 328-3726
Fax 212-328-3766