Waisman Center staff receive professional development grants

Congratulations to the Waisman Center’s Marcella Andrews and Parul Trivedi, two recipients of UW-Madison’s spring 2015 Academic Staff Professional Development grants. In all, seven grants will be awarded to UW-Madison academic staff members.

Academic Staff Professional Development grants are awarded for professional development and/or training to improve the effectiveness of academic staff members in their current roles. Proposal criteria includes: relevance and justification of activity; use and impact; program and university benefits; and overall quality of application.

Marcella Andrews, Clinical Instructor

Andrews, a physical therapist in the Waisman Center Clinics, will attend the Prechtl’s Assessment of General Movements (GMs) basic training course. After the four-day conference, Andrews will be certified in GMs assessment. GMs is used to predict cerebral palsy in infants at very young ages.

Andrews’ certification and expertise in this field will ensure that the Waisman Center’s Newborn Follow-up clinic uses the most current and effective assessment to predict cerebral palsy.

Parul Trivedi, Researcher

Trivedi will attend the 38th Association of Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Midwinter Meeting 2015. This international conference focuses on fundamental and clinical research areas of ear, nose and throat. Trivedi will present her research on the causes and treatment of hearing loss.

Attending and presenting at this meeting gives Trivedi the opportunity to collaborate and learn from other researchers and bring new ideas to the Hearing Loss and Auditory Regeneration Laboratory at the Waisman Center. The information she learns will help her conduct his research more effectively.