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Daniel M. Corcos, PhD receives Honorary Membership in the APTA

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Daniel M. Corcos, PhD receives Honorary Membership in the American Physical Therapy Association.

By: Jennifer M. Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS
IPTA Chief Delegate (2016-2019)

The 2018 Illinois delegation was very honored to have contributed to the nomination of Daniel M. Corcos, PhD to honorary membership in the American Physical Therapy Association. Many of our colleagues in Illinois felt strongly to bring this nomination forward and we appreciate that the BOD brought this motion to this 2018 House of Delegates. Dr Corcos is a highly regarded scholar in the areas of motor control and movement disorders who has played a major role in supporting and training physical therapists in Illinois and nationwide during the course of his career. He has been an impactful collaborator with physical therapists in an exceptional number of research projects that contribute to transform society. His research studying motor control and exercise interventions in people with movement disorders, primarily Parkinson's disease, has contributed strong evidence for the interventions that physical therapists use in practice. Among his over 170 publications, he has published over 70 papers that include physical therapists as co-authors.

Daniel M. Corcos, PhD
at the 2018 House of Delegates

One of his most recent works published in February 2018 in JAMA Neurology, titled Effect of High-Intensity Treadmill Exercise on Motor Symptoms in Patients With De Novo Parkinson Disease serves as a glowing example of both his successful collaborations with physical therapist researchers and of our outward facing vision to transform society.

This research was referenced in an article noted in the Chicago Tribune stating a summary of the findings with the general public, reaching an audience that does not hear of the exceptional impact that our profession can make on society often enough. In the article,  Dr Corcos was quoted to say, “Is there any disease or any disorder for which exercise is not good?” He went on to say, “I have not found any.”

Prior to his present faculty position at Northwestern University's Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science, he was a Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with appointments in Bioengineering and Physical Therapy. Dr. Corcos has been instrumental in helping many physical therapists in their scholarship and professional development. While at UIC, in addition to teaching graduate courses in the post-professional Physical Therapy Master of Science program, Professor Corcos was the primary mentor for 6 physical therapists who earned PhDs, and served as mentor or on academic committees for another 6 physical therapists. He has trained physical therapist researchers at the post-doctoral level and mentored physical therapists through successful applications for National Institutes of Health R01 grants and several Foundation for Physical Therapy awards.

Since 2009, Professor Corcos has also taken an active role in national efforts to train physical therapist researchers in grantsmanship through the "Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training" (CORRT), "Enhancing Rehabilitation Research In the South" (ERRIS), and "Training In Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research" (TIGRR) workshops.

In 2015, the IPTA awarded Professor Corcos our John Maselter Friends of Physical Therapy Award in recognition of his tireless support of physical therapist researchers.
These many examples of his vast accomplishments lead the Illinois Delegation to stand in STRONG support of this motion.

***A resolution format is used to present the depth and breadth of a person’s experience when they are nominated to honorary membership in the APTA. The following was read on the floor of the House of Delegates when the APTA Board of Directors moved the motion to nominate Daniel Corcos, PhD to honorary membership in APTA.***

Whereas, Daniel M. Corcos, PhD, is a distinguished scientist whose research focuses on the neural basis of motor control, movement disorders and neurodegenerative disease in humans,

Whereas Daniel M. Corcos' research goals are to design clinical trials and perform experiments that alter how physical therapists and neurologists treat patients with movement disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.  
Whereas, Daniel M. Corcos, PhD, has served as an editor or on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals including the Journal of Motor Behavior, BMC Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Motor Behavior - Rapid Communications and  Behavioral and Brain Sciences,

Whereas, Daniel M. Corcos, PhD, has a 30-year history of collaborating with physical therapists, has been the Doctoral chair to 6 physical therapists, and has more than 170 peer reviewed publications in total, with at least 70 of those publications including physical therapists as co-authors.

Whereas Daniel M. Corcos has played critical roles in training grants to support the professional development of physical therapists and has received research grants totaling over $15,000,000 with many of those having physical therapists as Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators.  
Whereas, Daniel M. Corcos, PhD, has a deep understanding and appreciation of clinical questions related to rehabilitation and has been a friend to the profession of physical therapy throughout his career, culminating in his receipt of the John Masalter Friend of Physical Therapy from the Illinois Physical Therapy Association in 2015;

Therefore, be it resolved that Daniel M. Corcos, PhD should be awarded Honorary Membership in the American Physical Therapy Association.


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