Private Support Helps to Advance UNC PT Faculty Research

Private gifts enabled the purchase of the Cosmed K4B2, which will help advance research in the areas of adult onset stroke and cerebral palsy.

Private Support Helps to Advance UNC PT Faculty Research click to enlarge Dr. Michael Lewek with the Cosmed K4B2 portable metabolic measuring unit.

UNC Physical Therapy faculty members Drs. Prudence Plummer, Michael Lewek, and Debbie Thorpe secured a grant earlier this year from the UNC School of Medicine translational science initiative along with private funds from a recent gift to the Division of Physical Therapy from the St. John Charitable Trust to purchase a new piece of research equipment that will allow them to study the metabolic demands of activity on study participants faced with a range of physical disabilities. 

The state-of-the-art Cosmed K4B2 portable metabolic measuring unit is equipped with GPS tracking and will allow the UNC PT faculty team to measure the metabolic parameters of participants in a variety of settings.  Drs. Lewek, Thorpe, and Plummer plan to use the new equipment (shown below) in research projects in the areas of adult onset stroke and cerebral palsy.