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(l-r) Gerald Klim, Joe Springer, Jay A. Perman, Lee T. Todd Jr., Michael Karpf, and Kerry Gillihan
“This collaborative venture underscores our shared commitment to developing new research and applying findings in the clinical environment. Anytime two such excellent health care providers as Cardinal Hill and UK HealthCare pool their resources, patients are sure to benefit.”
-- Michael Karpf,
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs,
University of Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital (CHRH) announce a step forward in brain and spinal cord injury research . A $2 million grant from CHRH to UK in 1999, along with $2 million in matching funds from the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund, has made possible the appointment of three shared faculty positions in neurorehabilitation, including a chair and two professorships. Today, UK professor Joe Springer, who holds a doctorate in psychobiology, accepted the Cardinal Hill Endowed Chair in Neurorehabilitation Research. Springer’s passion and expertise in translational research connects lab research to the patient bedside – advancing the study of spinal cord and traumatic brain injury.
“I am so delighted that we have appointed Joe Springer to chair our research initiative in neurorehabilitation. This joint endeavor with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine is such an exciting time for our patient community, and we are confident that this significant research program will lead to landmark treatment for brain and spinal cord injuries,” said Kerry G. Gillihan, president and CEO of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.
“This is an historic partnership between two of Kentucky’s premier institutions,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “Generations of Kentuckians have benefited from trauma care at UK and rehabilitation at Cardinal Hill. Future generations will benefit from this collaborative effort to better understand and treat serious neurologic injuries.”
UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf said, “This collaborative venture underscores our shared commitment to developing new research and applying findings in the clinical environment. Anytime two such excellent health care providers as Cardinal Hill and UK HealthCare pool their resources, patients are sure to benefit.”
“We are very pleased to be able to take part in this joint effort with Cardinal Hill,” said Dr. Jay A. Perman, dean, UK College of Medicine. “In addition to the appointment of Springer as chair, we look forward to the appointment of two professors to be supported by the same endowment. The work to be accomplished by these faculty members promises to advance our understanding of neurorehabilitation.”
“I am very excited about accepting the Cardinal Hill Endowed Chair in Neurorehabilitation and look forward to taking on this new challenge,” said Springer.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to bridge the strengths of the University of Kentucky and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in developing new and effective strategies for the treatment of spinal cord and brain injury.”
“This successful recruitment of an individual of Springer’s caliber with expertise in the basic science of neurologic dysfunction will allow us to bridge the gap between theory and basic science and basic science and clinical application,” said Dr. Gerald Klim, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UK. “With Springer’s guidance, we will advance the rehabilitation programs at Cardinal Hill and the University of Kentucky.”