Dr. Allison Hyngstrom, assistant professor of physical therapy in Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences, was recently named a recipient of the university’s 2014 Way Klingler Young Scholar Award. The award provides funding toward research and a one-semester sabbatical.
Hyngstrom plans to use her sabbatical to apply for a National Institutes of Health grant to further her research on the neural mechanisms associated with strength deficits, in order to understand how stroke-related changes in muscle fatigue affect walking function.
Hyngstrom hopes her research will help develop new rehabilitation strategies to optimize leg strengthening and walking in the chronic stroke population. Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States, impairing quality of life for millions of Americans.
“The teacher-scholar model at Marquette allows me to expose current students to cutting-edge research,” Hyngstrom says. “In addition to their growth as scholars, feedback from students helps me understand my research from a fresh perspective.”
Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.