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.