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Overcoming Pain and Disability in Cerebral Palsy: a Mentored Clinical Scientist Symposium (452763)

Tuesday, October 2
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Morocco

As individuals with cerebral palsy age, they develop worsening pain and decreased walking speed leading to poorer physical function. We will discuss the findings of our cross-sectional retrospective study analyzing these changes. We will also provide information on how we might be able to overcome some of the effects of aging by implementing adaptive sports.

Learning Objectives:

Sruthi P. Thomas

Resident Physician
University of Colorado/Children's Hospital of Colorado

Sruthi Thomas is a physician scientist specialized in pediatric rehabilitation. She received a BS in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. She completed a combined MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at University of Colorado with a PhD in Neuroscience in 2011/2013. She is in her final year of the combined residency in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at University of Colorado. During this time she has participated in the Rehabilitation Medical Scientist Program (RMSTP) and has dedicated time to research in adult outcomes in cerebral palsy. She will be starting her first faculty position Summer 2018 with a significant research focus. She is interested in the pragmatic questions in medicine, such as which treatment is best suited for any given patient. She will be focusing on clinical questions regarding cerebral palsy to improve patient outcomes, physical function and quality of life.


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Stephanie Tow

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellow
University of Colorado Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation / Children's Hospital Colorado Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Stephanie Tow, MD is currently a Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellow at the University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado. She completed her PM&R Residency and Chief Residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center. As President of the AAPM&R Physiatrist-in-Training Board and member of the Board of Governors in the past, she has led national initiatives to advocate for the needs of people with physical impairments and disabilities, physiatrists, and the PM&R specialty. She is a co-founder of the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Adaptive Sports Coalition at UT Southwestern, which has focused their efforts on improving access, publicity, and support of adaptive sports in the DFW area while also improving collaboration among many adaptive sports organizations. She also currently works with US Paralympic Swimming as a national medical classifier and as a sit-ski instructor with the National Sports Center for the Disabled and Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health program. She hopes to continue to focus her career on adaptive sports, working with children with physical disabilities and their medical needs to help optimize their participation and performance in sports while promoting their physical and psychological well-being.


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Matthew MacCarthy

University of Pittsburgh / Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Matt is currently a fellow in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He recently completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in June 2018, and previously received training in General Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center. As an individual affected by Cerebral Palsy, Matt has been a long-time participant and advocate for adaptive sports and inclusive performing arts programs. He plans to focus his career on optimization of the care of children and adolescents
with Cerebral Palsy, their transition to the adult care system, and advocacy for these patients in their pursuit of individual passions


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James Carollo

Associate Professor, Director
University of Colorado

James Carollo, Ph.D., P.E. is a biomedical engineer who has spent more than 35 years developing and managing clinical motion laboratories, and he continues to transform and champion clinical movement analysis and the vital work of their interdisciplinary gait professionals. Since 1998, he has served as the Director and original designer of the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis (CGMA) at Children’s Hospital Colorado, the only comprehensive, accredited clinical motion analysis facility in Colorado. Under his direction, his teams have combined innovative research and clinical care to help improve the lives of more than 5,000 children and adults with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions. In 2017, Dr. Carollo was honored as the inaugural chairholder of the J. T. Tai Endowed Chair for the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis.
Dr. Carollo is an Associate Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, and Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and serves as the Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center (MRC) at the Orthopedics Institute of Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is a nationally recognized leader through his work as President of the Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation (CMLA), the only independent accreditation body for clinical motion labs in the US. Dr. Carollo received his bachelors and masters degrees in Bioengineering from Texas A&M University and his PhD from the joint biomedical engineering program at University of Texas at Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He completed a Bioengineering Clinical Internship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, a Rehabilitation Engineering Fellowship at UT Arlington, and has been a licensed professional engineer since 1993. His current work focuses on understanding the relationship between walking ability and the risk for future health conditions in cerebral palsy, and developing novel measurement procedures and devices for more widespread measurement of human movement outside the laboratory.


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