#TBT – Michael Mueller talks Foundation for PT
We go back to episode 73 with Michael Mueller from the Foundation for PT. He talks about what the Foundation actually does for the field of PT and why you investing in PT research benefits Physical Therapists in all facets of the profession.We go back to episode 73 with Michael Mueller from the Foundation for PT. He talks about what the Foundation actually does for the field of PT and why you investing in PT research benefits Physical Therapists in all facets of the profession.
Michael J. Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Division Director of Research in Physical Therapy
Professor of Physical Therapy, Radiology
BSPT, Washington University in St. Louis, 1979
MHS/PT, Washington University in St. Louis, 1985
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 1992
- American Physical Therapy Association, 1979 – Present
- APTA Research Section, 1984 – Present
- APTA Orthopaedic Section, 1993 – Present
- American Diabetes Association, 1987 – Present
- Board of Trustees, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2010-present
Michael J. Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Serves as Principal Investigator of NIH Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training
As part of its 30th anniversary observance this year, the Foundation for Physical Therapy is recognizing more than 500 physical therapist researchers whose careers were launched with Foundation grants, scholarships, and fellowships.
This month the Foundation recognizes Michael J Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA, who is principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health’s $4.6 million Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training program (CORRT). This 5-year program aims to build the investigative skills of young researchers, most of whom have been awarded Foundation grants, by matching them with senior researchers who serve as mentors. There are now 62 faculty members at seven universities participating.
Mueller’s first Foundation research grant was in 1987 for a clinical trial of wound treatment for people with diabetes. This experience started his 20-year exploration of ways to limit physical stresses on extremities and avoid amputation.
As an associate professor and researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, Mueller continues to explore and publish his ideas. He is mentoring CORRT scholar Marcie Harris Hayes, PT, DPT, OCS. “The CORRT program is giving all of us the opportunity to participate in something much bigger than ourselves,” Mueller says.
“The Foundation helped start the careers of most of the CORRT mentors,” Mueller adds. “It also has provided seed money for these young researchers to conduct studies that generate a track record. That helped to qualify them for this program, and will enable them to seek larger grants afterward.”