Seth Stevenson Director of Digital Marketing, Marketing and Communications February 1, 2009Research spotlight: Kathy Mercuris Dr. Kathy Mercuris is an Associate Professor at Des Moines University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.Research ProjectsResearch FocusMy primary research is on changes in balance and gait following a CVA (stroke). I have been investigating the relationship measurements of balance and gait as they are performed by therapists in the clinic to objective information from a 3-D computerized camera system in the Human Performance Lab at DMU. Another similar line of research is the impact of activity on balance on individuals living in the community or following a CVA.FundingI have had grants money from the Iowa Department of Education for â€˜Interdisciplinary Professional Preparation and Practicum’. Development of a pilot interdisciplinary course at DMU on diversity, team building and communication. The course included a visit to a family with child with a disability. The grant terminated with a completed course syllabus and resource library. The Iowa Osteopathic Education and Research fund has been used for a research project examining the bone mineral density, balance, and activity levels of community dwelling elderly. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.