Christopher Hurt, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy, is one of two postdoctoral scholars chosen nationwide to be the first trainees on an institutional training program grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health. The grant aims to train future leaders in translational rehabilitation research.
Hurt has been a postdoctoral researcher in David Brown’s lab since 2012. Brown, director of the PhD in Rehabilitation Science, uses his device he helped design called the KineAssist Gait and Balance Training System to focus his research in the areas of locomotor and balance dysfunction of persons with neurological impairments. While the grant was awarded to Marcas Bamman, Ph.D., director of the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine, Brown will serve as Hurt’s primary mentor. Hurt will receive training and a stipend for up to two years to research metabolic and stability related factors that influence walking speed in individuals post-stroke.