Dr. Mary Gannotti, associate professor of physical therapy, ENHP, gave four presentations at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Feb. 3-6, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Gannotti organized a panel and ran the Research Forum for the Section on Pediatrics for 2014: “Outcomes to Promote Effective Pediatric Practice.” The expert panel included a keynote address by Dr. Mary Law (McMaster University) and presentations by Drs. Maggie O’Neil (Drexel University), Kristie Bjornson (Washington University), Marybeth Grant-Buettler (Chapman University), Amy Bailes (University of Cincinnati), and Laura Prosser (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). The session included audience participation via clickers, and more than 200 pediatric physical therapists were in attendance. A broad framework for evaluating clinical outcomes was proposed and current outcome assessment practices were shared.
Gannotti also co-presented two back-to-back educational sessions with Dr. Robyn Fuchs (University of Indiana) and Dr. Noelle Moreau (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center): “Linking Structure and Function: Muscle and Bone across the LifeSpan in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy” and “Linking Structure and Function: Dosing Protocols & Novel Therapies to Improve Muscle and Bone Outcomes in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy.” The two sessions linked bench science, social science, and clinical science to provide evidence for intervention protocols in pediatric physical therapy. Case studies were used to highlight novel interventions and dosing parameters. The sessions were filled to capacity with more than 450 physical therapists at each session!
Gannotti also was selected to present a research platform presentation entitled “Health, Wellness, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Common Ground for Adults with Cerebral Palsy and Modern Physical Therapists.” Co-authors on the project include Dr. Yvette Blanchard (Sacred Heart University), Dr. Diana LaRocco (University of Hartford), and Lisa Blumberg, JD (freelance writer). The presentation included findings from a qualitative study on the meanings of health and happiness for adults with cerebral palsy and physical therapists.
On April 11, 2014, Gannotti was invited to present as keynote speaker at Nemours/Dupont Children’s Hospital Annual PT/OT Update. Gannotti presented a two-hour session on “Dosing Parameters for Children with Cerebral Palsy.” More than 150 physical and occupational therapists from New Jersey, Delaware and the Philadelphia area attended, and the session was well received.