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Audio: Physical Therapy and the Future of Regenerative Medicine (Recorded)
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Presenters: Fabrisia Ambrosio, PT, MPT, PhD

$75 Member | $120 Nonmember
0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
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Date Recorded:
October 2012
Date Published:
November 2012
Delivery Method:

  Audio Conference

APTA's audio conference recordings bring the experts to you! Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) while listening at your own pace to recorded live audio conferences.

*This series of audio conferences also includes precourse readings.


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Course Information

Regenerative medicine: what is it and what role will physical therapy play in the rehabilitation of patients that receive this medical intervention? This course will provide you with an overview of clinical advances in the field of regenerative medicine with emphasis on the implications that the translation of these cutting-edge therapies have on physical therapy practice. The development of “cellular rehabilitation” approaches will be presented in the light of emerging evidence that suggest a critical role for mechanical stimulation that is often provided by physical therapists; for example, exercise or electrical stimulation used to promote stem cell functions. At the close of the course, you will be challenged to brainstorm strategies to overcome the current communication, educational, and practical barriers to the incorporation of regenerative rehabilitation interventions into the clinic.

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Upon completion of this audio conference, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the latest regenerative medicine technologies and approaches being translated to the clinic.

  2. Identify the population of patients receiving regenerative medicine approaches, and explain how the translation of innovative biological therapies have the potential to affect physical therapy practice.

  3. Discuss the importance of developing targeted and specific regenerative rehabilitation protocols for use in the clinic.

  4. Address barriers to development of regenerative rehabilitation protocols for use in the clinic, and propose strategies to overcome these barriers.

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Presenter Bio (s)

Fabrisia Ambrosio, PT, MPT, PhD, graduated with a master of science degree in physiology-endocrinology from Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec, and a master of physical therapy degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University. In 2005, Ambrosio graduated with a PhD in rehabilitation science and technology from the University of Pittsburgh. Also in 2005, she accepted a position as a faculty member in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds secondary appointments in the Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Departments, and she is a faculty member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Ambrosio’s research has the long-term goal of developing regenerative rehabilitation strategies to improve skeletal muscle healing and recovery. Her laboratory investigates the underlying mechanisms by which targeted and specific mechanotransductive signals can be used to enhance donor and/or host muscle stem cell function, using both mouse and human models. Ambrosio’s research has been supported by the NIH, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the Pittsburgh Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, and the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging. In 2006, she was awarded a Scholar’s position within the K12 Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training Program, and was more recently awarded an NIH K01 award for her murine investigations.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0211
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Pennsylvania: Denied

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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Course Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, you must do the following:
  • Access the course to download and read the precourse articles.
  • Listen to the recorded live audio conference and Q&A session.
  • Once you have listened to the audio conference, return to the "My Course" page in the APTA Learning Center to take the posttest and claim CEUs.
  • You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
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