Binder-Macleod wins national physical therapy award
Stuart Binder-Macleod, left, receives the John H. P. Maley Award from Christopher Powers, president of the APTA Section on Research.

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10:34 a.m., April 23, 2010----Stuart Binder-Macleod, Edward L. Ratledge Professor and chairperson of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware, has been selected to receive the 2010 John H. P. Maley Award for Outstanding Contributions to Leadership in Research by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

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The selection marks the second year in a row that a UD physical therapy faculty member has received the award. Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy, received the award last year, making UD the first university to have two recipients.

John H. P. Maley was CEO and chairman of the Chattanooga Corporation, now the Chattanooga Group, manufacturer of physical therapy and rehabilitation products. Maley was known as a great supporter of the field of physical therapy, in terms of both research and clinical practice.

Binder-Macleod is an internationally known researcher in muscle physiology and electrical stimulation. His current work focuses on an innovative technique that he, along with colleagues in the UD departments of Physical Therapy and Mechanical Engineering, developed to help people who have had strokes to improve their walking.

Known as FastFES, the treatment combines two interventions: treadmill walking at precise speeds designed to maximize walking efficiency and functional electrical stimulation (FES) of leg muscles during treadmill walking to strengthen weak muscles and improve gait mechanics.

He is also collaborating with mechanical engineering faculty on development and testing of novel rehabilitation solutions, including un-motorized and motorized exoskeletons for gait training of stroke and other motor-impaired patients.

Binder-MacLeod joined the UD faculty in 1987 and has chaired the department since 1998. He also serves on the faculty of UD's interdisciplinary BIOMS (Biomechanics and Movement Science) graduate program.

Binder-MacLeod has received a number of other awards from the APTA, including the Golden Pen Award, the Marion Williams Award for research in physical therapy, and the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award in 1993. He was elected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow by the APTA in 2003.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Binder-MacLeod received his master's degree from Emory University and his doctorate in physiology from the Medical College of Virginia.

Article by Diane Kukich

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