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April 17, 2006

Rehabilitation Expert To Speak At UI April 27

An expert on recovery and rehabilitation following spinal cord injury will deliver the 14th annual Louis E. Alley Memorial Lecture in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Exercise Science. Susan F. Harkema, Owsley B. Frazier Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Louisville, will speak on "Recovery of Functions and Health After Neurologic Injury," Thursday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in the 7th floor Atrium Dining Room at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Harkema is internationally recognized for her work on the use of weight-supported treadmill training for the rehabilitation of walking after a spinal cord injury. A rehabilitation specialist, she studies the mechanisms that allow humans to walk and designs therapies aimed at restoring function in injured patients.

The Louis E. Alley Memorial Lecture was established in 1992 in honor of Alley, who was a professor in the UI department of physical education, the predecessor to the department of exercise science, from 1950-1983. He served as department chair from 1960-1978. He was noted for his innovations in graduate education, and his leadership set the groundwork for the current nature of the academic programs in exercise science.

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