Sandra Billinger, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy. Billinger will give her presentation, “#ForTheLoveOfScience: A Clinician-Scientist’s Journey,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in Room 1043, Allied Health Professions Building Room.
Billinger is an associate professor at the University of Kansas where she teaches in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. She also has a joint appointment in the University of Kansas School of Medicine in the Department of Neurology and in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. Billinger has practiced as a physical therapist since 2004 in the areas of cardiopulmonary and neurological rehabilitation. She has delivered numerous lectures related to exercise testing and interventions in the stroke population and she currently serves as director of the Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) Laboratory at the KU Medical Center.
Her research interests are aimed at examining the cardiovascular and pulmonary changes that occur in people with chronic disease specifically after stroke. She is interested in understanding the cellular mechanisms that influence vascular function after stroke and how exercise, as a therapeutic intervention may affect vascular health.
The Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series is named in honor of Irma Ruebling, former chairperson of the Program in Physical Therapy. Ruebling had a vision to bring nationally renowned speakers to Saint Louis University to present current physical therapy scholarship and how it relates to clinical practice. In addition to meeting with faculty and clinicians in the community, each year’s distinguished speaker leads a question-and-answer session with students.