Cole Galloway discusses work with infants and mobility.

Offices opened

Health sciences programs host open house at Delaware Technology Park

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2:31 p.m., Dec. 16, 2011--More than 50 people from the University of Delaware community turned out for an open house at the new offices of the BADER Consortium, the Infant Behavior Laboratory and the National Children’s Study on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Headquarters for the three programs are now located at 5 Innovation Way in the Delaware Technology Park.  

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“We’re very much looking forward to the big move to the Science and Technology Campus at the former Chrysler site,” said Susan Hall, deputy dean of the College of Health Sciences, “but until then, this will serve as great transitional space for these three very important programs and these talented researchers.”

Steven Stanhope, professor of kinesiology and applied physiology, is the leader of the BADER Consortium. Supported by a five-year, $19.5 million grant from the Department of Defense, BADER focuses on establishing evidence-based orthopedic rehabilitation care that optimizes the ability of soldiers with musculoskeletal injuries to function in everyday life.

Cole Galloway, associate professor in the UD Department of Physical Therapy, directs the Infant Behavior Laboratory. Galloway’s work focuses on providing mobility for kids whose mental, social and emotional development is delayed because of their physical inability to explore their environment. With mechanical engineering professor Sunil Agrawal, Galloway has created robotic devices and retrofitted off-the-shelf toy racecars that enable children as young as six months to “drive,” providing them with an unprecedented ability to navigate on their own.

Suzanne Milbourne is the Delaware site manager for the National Children’s Study, which is examining the effects of the physical, social and cultural environment on the growth, development and health of children across the U.S.  The program is led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with a consortium of federal government partners.

Article by Diane Kukich

Photos by Kathy F. Atkinson

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