OT professor presents at conference of association fighting Batten Disease

PlummerSmallerDr. Teresa Plummer, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, recently presented at the annual conference of the Batten Disease Support and Research Association (BDSRA) held this year in Nashville.   Dr. Plummer shared her expertise in a presentation on handling and positioning children with Batten disease and assistive technology products for children with the disease.

Batten disease affects children from birth and causes mental impairment, worsening seizures, and progressive loss of sight and motor skills over time.  Eventually, the child becomes blind, bedridden and unable to communicate, and the disease is always fatal.  Although Batten disease and related disorders are considered rare, they often strike more than one person in families that carry the defective gene.

BDSRA was formed in 1987 by a family who had three children with the disease.  The association provides technical assistance and support to families who battle the disease while promoting research and education.

Recent Publications of Faculty in the College of Health Sciences

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Professor of Nursin
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Buckner, M. M., Dietrich, M. S., Merriman, C., & Keeley, J. P. (2013). Identifying at-risk nursing students using a midcurricular examina-tion. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 31(4). Retrieved from 10,1097/NXN.0b013e31828a0dda.

 

DunlapSmall2Dr. Ruby Dunlap
Professor of Nursing
Dunlap, R. K. (2013). Nursing theory and the clinical gaze: Discovery in teaching theory across a cultural divide. Nursing Science Quarterly, 26(2), 176-180.


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Dr. John Halle
Professor of Physical Therapy

Halle JS. The Neuromuscular Scan Exam (Chapter Four), in Voight, Hoogenboom, and Prentice (ed), Musculoskletal Interventions: Techniques for Therapeutic Exercise, McGraw-Hill Medical, New York (Scheduled for 2013 publication).

 

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Residency Project takes OT student on mission to Peru

LongResidency4smallfrom Mary Beth Long
2013 Belmont Graduate with
Occupational Therapy Doctorate

As part of my residency project for the Belmont University’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program this year, I worked with Eleanore’s Project, a non-profit organization focused on ergonomically appropriate wheelchair provision and education for families and clinicians in Peru.  This spring, I traveled to Lima, Arequipa and Cusco to participate in the Eleanore’s Project wheelchair clinics. We provided education and 95 properly fitted wheelchairs for children and families throughout Peru.

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OT Professor presents at Seating Symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina

PlummerLatinAmericaDr. Teresa Plummer, Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Belmont, was a featured presenter at the 2nd annual Latin American Seating Symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina earlier this month. The conference aims to educate, train and update health professionals with the latest technology to provide solutions of sitting for people with lifelong disabilities and conditions such as neuromuscular disorders, injuries and diseases of the spinal cord, orthopedic problems, systemic diseases, obesity and polytrauma. Over 250 therapists and medical doctors from 14 South and Central American countries attended.

Dr. Plummer was one of four invited international speakers for the event. She presented on the relationship between vision, posture and mobility, and the kinesiological principles of seating and positioning.  She also served on an expert panel to evaluate children with neurological injuries. Dr. Plummer has over 30 years of experience in occupational therapy and has conducted workshops nationally and internationally in the areas of rehabilitation and assistive technology.

McWhorter Giving Society Established to Support Health Sciences

Clayton McWhorter (left) and Dr. Richard Treadway (right) presented the first McWhorter Society Distinguished Service Award to Barbara Massey Rogers (center).

Belmont University’s Office of Advancement recently established the Clayton McWhorter Society, a giving society intended to further the work of Belmont’s health science programs. The new group, which held its inaugural membership lunch on May 2, is named in honor of long-time Belmont supporter Clayton McWhorter and will directly benefit the College of Health Sciences & Nursing, the College of Pharmacy and the new MBA for Healthcare Professionals.

Clayton McWhorter’s leadership and role in the development of healthcare industry giants HealthTrust, Inc. and HCA have made a strong impression in the field of healthcare. In 1996, Clayton, his son Stuart, and a close business friend created the venture capital firm Clayton Associates, which quickly evolved into a hub of strategic business development activities related to new firms in healthcare, technology and diversified services. Continue reading

Nashville Health Care Council’s Leadership Health Care visits Belmont

The College of Health Sciences recently hosted Leadership Health Care (LHC) members of the Nashville Health Care Council for a luncheon.   Dr. Cathy Taylor, Dean of the College, and Provost Thomas Burns welcomed the group to campus.

“The future of health care is about collaboration and cooperation,” said Burns. “We are proud to have members of Leadership Health Care here today, and we welcome opportunities to work together as we develop the next generation of health care talent here at Belmont.”

After remarks and lunch, Belmont students led the group on a tour of the college. LHC members were given an overview of simulation training labs in nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Leadership Health Care was formed in 2002 as an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council to foster the next generation of health care leaders.  Industry tours are part of the group’s regular programming for members.

Memorial Foundation Awards Belmont $300,000 for Simulation Fellowship, Upgrades

The Memorial Foundation has awarded Belmont University $300,000 to upgrade high-fidelity simulation equipment, support interprofessional training in the College of Health Sciences & Nursing  and fund a post-graduate Healthcare Simulation Fellowship. Belmont has appointed Dr. Gwenn Randall as the college’s first fellow.

“We are grateful to the Memorial Foundation for this generous gift that will enable us to markedly increase the impact of our clinical simulation program. In addition to creating exciting new clinical experiences for both students and community providers, with this funding we will create new ways of educating future leaders in this emerging field,” said College of Health Sciences & Nursing Dean Cathy R. Taylor.

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Surgeon Connects Faith, Science to Restore Eyesight

Nashville eye surgeon Dr. Ming Wang shared with students the importance of making connections between their faith and science and how he has used health care as a ministry during convocation Thursday in the Neely Dining Hall.

“We have to confront the controversies of faith and science. It is one of the most important questions in this age of society … so we can move forward in good conscience and with peace of mind when faced with issues society is trying to figure out the answers to,” Wang said.

He told the story of the successes of his amniotic membrane contact lens, for which he has two U.S. patents. Using tissue from fetuses to prevent scarring of the corneas, he has successfully restored eyesight to several people. The procedure is covered by Medicare and insurance companies and has been performed by more than 500 doctors in the United States, he said.

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OT Doctoral Students to present research collected at Abilities Expo

Doctoral students in the School of Occupational Therapy will present findings of various research projects on Wednesday, April 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the lobby of McWhorter Hall on Belmont’s campus.  Two of the thesis groups collected data earlier this semester at the Atlanta Abilities Expo, an event that attracted several thousand participants including those with disabilities, their families and caregivers.

Ashley Ganus, Jordan Carver and Mark Ivey interviewed wheelchair users regarding their perceptions of the effectiveness of their mobility device on their ability to function and complete desired tasks.  Meanwhile, Rachael Restko and Rachel Rarig conducted interviews about hotel accessibility.  The three-day event in February featured workshops, a sports carnival, and exhibits dedicated to providing solutions to enhance quality of life for the disabled.

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School of Occupational Therapy co-sponsors Dr. Ming Wang on campus Thursday

The School of Occupational Therapy is co-sponsoring a convocation event with Dr. Ming Wang on Thursday, April 11 in Neely Dining Hall on Belmont University’s campus.  Dr. Wang will speak on Healthcare as Ministry.

Dr. Wang is a path-breaking eye surgeon with degrees from Harvard Medical School and MIT. He established the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration, which has provided free surgeries for patients from 40 states and 55 countries, and the Wang Foundation for Christian Outreach to China.  All are invited to this event.