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NIH Record  
Vol. LIX, No. 12
June 15, 2007
Students Dance for National DNA Day
Zerhouni Visits NCRR-Funded
Imaging Facility
NCMHD Impresses Public Council
NIAID Hosts First Annual Retreat for Postdoctoral Fellows
High-Tech Health Stations Installed
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'Do Tread on Me'
Unique Floor Aids Mobility Research, Rehab
  Physical therapist Karen Siegel shows lab components.
  Physical therapist Karen Siegel shows lab components.

The same technology that lets you wield Tiger Woods's golf swing in a video game is what researchers are using to address mobility problems at the Clinical Center. Take homegrown software, several infrared cameras and a one-of-a-kind floor, and suddenly an individual's strides come alive on computer screen.

"We can measure how much joints can move and how strong muscles are," said Karen Siegel, a physical therapist in the Physical Disabilities Branch, a collaboration between the CC and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. "The forces we can measure tell how a person controls his or her movements. We can sometimes give patients-and their doctors and physical therapists-additional information to help with decisions about treatments."

Visiting Teacher Values Nearness to NIH
  Teacher Elena Recio is glad to work near NIH.
  Teacher Elena Recio is glad to work near NIH.

When Elena Recio was still back in her native Madrid, Spain, applying for jobs teaching elementary school in the United States, she could have been assigned anywhere, from Alaska to Florida. When she learned of an opening to teach first grade in Chevy Chase, she was ecstatic.

That's because Recio, 27, has received life-saving therapy since December 2002 at the Clinical Center, in a protocol overseen by former NIDDK director Dr. Phillip Gorden.